Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

Police won't have to check immigration status
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2010 12:28 PM CDT
Judge Blocks Key Parts of Arizona Immigration Law
A file photo of protesters opposed to Arizona's immigration law, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – A federal judge today blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the measure. The overall law will still take effect tomorrow, but without 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 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.

In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants. "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," ruled US District Judge Susan Bolton. She also ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. (Read more Arizona immigration law stories.)

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