US Court Upholds Block on Ariz. Immigration Law

Backs lower court that staved off key parts
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2011 7:26 PM CDT
Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border on January 19, 2011 into the Tohono O'odham Nation, Ariz.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A US appeals court today ruled that key parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law will remain blocked, reports the Washington Post, “Arizona has attempted to hijack a discretionary role that Congress delegated to the Executive,’’ read the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, which ordered only that the lower court's block should be upheld, and didn't touch the constitutionality of the law. A Justice Department spokesman said they were "pleased with the court’s decision;" Justice will proceed in its attempt to repeal the entire law.

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