Judge blocks controversial sections of Arizona's immigration law

Judge blocks controversial sections of Arizona's immigration law

POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 3:22pm

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona's new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents - including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also put on hold a part of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and
made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put those controversial sections on hold until the courts resolve the issues.

Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling and is trumped by federal immigration law.

The opponents argued the law will lead to racial profiling, conflict with federal immigration law and distract local police from fighting more serious crimes. The U.S. Justice Department, civil rights groups and a Phoenix police officer had asked the judge for an injunction to prevent the law from being enforced.

"There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law)," Bolton ruled. "By enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a 'distinct, unusual and extraordinary' burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose."

The law was signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April and immediately revived the national debate on immigration, making it a hot-button issue in the midterm elections.

The law has inspired rallies in Arizona and elsewhere by advocates on both sides of the immigration debate. Some opponents have advocated a tourism boycott of Arizona.

It also led an unknown number of illegal immigrants to leave Arizona for other American states or their home countries.

Federal authorities who are trying to overturn the law have argued that letting the Arizona law stand would create a patchwork of immigration laws nationwide that would needlessly complicate the foreign relations of the United States. Federal lawyers said the law is disrupting U.S. relations with Mexico and other countries and would burden the agency that responds to immigration-status inquiries.

Brewer's lawyers said Arizona shouldn't have to suffer from America's broken immigration system when it has 15,000 police officers who can arrest illegal immigrants.


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Well we could always go to $50.00 a scalp. With the 110 billion or more spent on illegals every year. I'll put up $500.00 for 10 scalps of criminal illegal aliens.

Just Brand a Big "I" on their forehead so we at least know who they are.

We're screwed ! The Federalies don't work for the states or the people they work for themselves.The Fed is an out of control monster or beast that needs its head cut-off!How could they emasculate this law when such a huge majority of citizens was in favor of it???

The government is not doing anything so it is up to the states ans so lets do what we need to do. maybe put the Prez on front line in Az. or Tx, let him see what its like.

I used to think we actually had a REAL Democracy where the will of THE PEOPLE prevailed. When Bush Senior pulled out That prevaricating Puppet Bill Clinton and attempted to redeem him via a Katrina Charity Benefit, I realized there is no Democratic/Republican Party run by Americans that Control this country. This country is run by the multinational corporations who allow us to imagine we have a democracy by changing the faces now and then, but the control remains with them. Immigration is proof

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