Arizona Immigration Bill Partially Blocked by Federal Judge

The controversial Arizona immigration bill, Senate Bill 1070, that goes into affect at midnight tonight, has been partially blocked by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.

SB 1070 was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April in an attempt to combat illegal immigration on a state level. Currently, seven lawsuits are seeking to block implementation of the law.

The most controversial provisions that have been blocked by Federal Judge Susan Bolton and will not go into effect Thursday are:

  • Requires an officer to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.
  • Creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”
  • Makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. (This does not include the section on day laborers.)
  • Allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.

After Judge Bolton made her ruling, attorneys rushed to read the bill again to determine what parts could still be enforced so that could be relayed to law enforcement.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she was disappointed by the ruling and that Arizona will file an expedited appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I look at it as a little bump in the road,” she said. “The fact of the matter is this is just an injunction. We need to go through the court process so the merits of the bill can be debated. I am sure as we go through the process, we’ll get a fair hearing.”

Brewer later said in a statement, “This fight is far from over. In fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens. I am deeply grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from across our nation in our efforts to defend against the failures of the federal government.”

CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin believes that “this is a case very much destined for United States Supreme Court.”

“Arizona may have good intentions, they may be trying to make up for where the us government has failed, but what the judge is saying is this is not the way to do it,” Toobin says.

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