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Agreement ends last legal challenge to AZ's controversial SB 1070 immigration law

PHOENIX - JULY 29:  Protesters from California join Arizonans at the state capitol building for a demonstration against Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070 on July 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Californians came in solidarity with Arizonan opponents of the law, which many people saw as biased against Latinos. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton Wednesday suspended several controversial provisions of the law, which went into effect today.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

PHOENIX - JULY 29: Protesters from California join Arizonans at the state capitol building for a demonstration against Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070 on July 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Californians came in solidarity with Arizonan opponents of the law, which many people saw as biased against Latinos. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton Wednesday suspended several controversial provisions of the law, which went into effect today. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2010 Getty Images)

A judge has signed off on an agreement that ends the last legal challenge to Arizona's landmark 2010 immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton approved the agreement on Monday. The deal to resolve the lawsuit was announced late last week.

The agreement included guidelines on how police officers must enforce a contentious section of the law that requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Under the guidelines, officers are required to document the reasons for their suspicion that a person is in the country illegally.

Courts barred enforcement of other sections of the law, known as SB 1070, but the questioning requirement was ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, despite racial profiling concerns raised by critics of the statute.

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