Federal Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Opponents of Arizona’s draconian new immigration law were handed a major victory today when a Federal judge blocked a provision requiring police officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws such as a routine traffic stop.

Judge Susan Bolton also delayed parts 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, a move aimed at day laborers. In addition, the Judge Bolton blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

Bolton, a Clinton appointee, wrote in her decision:

“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked.”

She said the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues, chiefly whether SB 1070 violates the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution. Other provisions of the law, many of them procedural and revisions to existing Arizona immigration statute, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

The law was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April and immediately revived the national debate on immigration, making it a hot-button issue before the midterm elections. The law has inspired similar law elsewhere and prompted a boycott against the state and led an unknown number of illegal immigrants to leave the state.

Brewer, tried to put a brave face on the ruling, telling the Associated Press:

“It’s a temporary bump in the road, we will move forward, and I’m sure that after consultation with our counsel we will appeal. The bottom line is we’ve known all along that it is The responsibility of the feds and they haven’t done their job so we were going to help them do that.”

Brewer is running for another term in November (she became governor after President Obama selected former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security) and has seen her political fortunes rise because of the law’s enormous popularity among conservatives.

But Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat, sees it differently:

“Jan Brewer played politics with immigration, and she lost. It is time to look beyond election year grandstanding and begin to repair the damage to Arizona’s image and economy.”

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14 Responses to Federal Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

  1. Rachel says:

    As I understand it, SB 1070 is costing Arizona a lot of money. Landlords in Phoenix and Tucson can’t rent their apartments, boycotts are costing the state both convention and tourist dollars, and the reputation of the state of Arizona has been seriously harmed. I hope Jan Brewer enjoys all the hoopla because outside the state, she’s one of the most reviled women on earth.

  2. Big Hank says:

    The state of AZ is evenly split 50/50 Dem/Repug, so how can this law enjoy 70% approval?

    If all the Hispanics leave the state, aren’t they basically ceding the battle to the extremists? I would say stay and fight. The law will be overturned by the SCOTUS because it infringes on the Federal Constitution.

  3. Harry says:

    I have friends in Phoenix and they hate the law. I don’t know where the 70% figure comes from either. It seems too high to me.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    I live in Phoenix. There isn’t a 50/50 split amongst Dems and Repubs. It could be if the minority populations would vote. But a majority of the voting block come from blue-haired staunch Republicans holed up in Sun City and other retirement communities. That and a large percentage of Mormon populations in various locales ensures AZ to be a GOP state. I thought it was going to change when it split for Obama, but now all of the Independents have shifted to the right. Trying to discuss/scream politics in our local news commentary is 90% Sarah Palin zombies. It is no wonder that AZ ranks in the last 10% in education, and living environment for children under 16. We are lead by Republicans who have raised our taxes 4 different times, including now taxing food. All while giving business more tax breaks.

    This state is maniacally in support of SB1070. Commentators in the paper want to…”let’s all take our guns on down to the border, and take target practice on those (inappropriate term)! Arizona being 70% ?…yes….if not more..

  5. Jim says:

    I was sure this would never fly. Now the Feds will be forced to deal with this very sticky subject.

  6. Kate Novotny says:

    This decision could cost the Democrats the House in the midterms.

    The term, winning the battle but losing the war may be a political fact in a bad economy when angry, white voters are looking for someone or some group to blame for their misfortunes.

  7. R.J. says:

    I knew this would happen. Suck it, Brewer!

  8. fran says:

    Finally! The justice system does something that makes sense.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    This decision won’t cost the dems anything, if those who have something to fear from the Klanservatives will just vote.

  10. feminazi says:

    Border security is a Federal issue. If Arizona is worried about the border with Mexico, then they should sue the Feds for failing to protect their border. I fail to see how SB 1070 does anything to stem the flow of people coming over from Mexico.

  11. Jolly Roger says:

    Fem, that isn’t the point. And the supporters of the law all know it.

  12. Mike Tidmus says:

    That Obama sure can shake a tail feather when a minority’s rights are on the line, provided it’s not the gays.

  13. Randy Arroyo says:

    President Obama is afraid of two things: 1.) First Lady Michelle Obama and, 2.) teh gays. But, really folks, if you stop and think about it, what president didn’t do his damnedest to avoid teh gays? Too bad Michelle Obama isn’t president.

  14. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Despite Klan Brewer’s claim SB1070 isn’t costing the state of Arizona money, think again. According to the Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in Phoenix, this is a partial list of boycotting cities:

    • Amherst
    • Austin
    • Berkeley, Calif.
    • Bloomington
    • Boston.
    • Boulder
    • Burlington
    • Columbus, OH
    • Cook County, IL
    • El Paso
    • Gallup
    • Hartford
    • Los Angeles
    • Oakland
    • Richmond, CA
    • Sacramento
    • San Pablo
    • St. Paul
    • Santa Monica
    • San Francisco
    • Seattle
    • West Hollywood

    Groups that announced travel boycotts of Arizona:

    • American Educational Research Assn
    • Asian American Justice Center
    • Center for Community Change
    • L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
    • Law and Society Association
    • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
    • League of United Latin American Citizens
    • NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly National Assn. of Foreign Student Advisers)
    • National Alliance of Black Educators
    • National Association of Legal Professionals
    • National Council of La Raza
    • National Puerto Rican Coalition
    Service Employees International Union
    • Society for Applied Anthropology
    • Sociologists Without Borders
    • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
    • World Boxing Council

    Remember, Arizona is a state who relies on tourism for jobs and money. Without the two, the state is up the creek without a paddle.

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