Parts of Arizona Immigration Law on Hold
Count this one as a partial victory for SB 1070 opponents: Arizona’s new immigration law will go into effect tomorrow, but without some of its contested provisions. The AP has more details:
The overall law will still take effect Thursday, 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. [...]
“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.”
Those sections could still go into effect down the road, but Judge Susan Bolton ruled that they should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law will go into effect just after midnight.