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28 July 2010

PHOENIX – A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

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. 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,” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled.

She ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law, many of them procedural and slight revisions to existing Arizona immigration statute, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m.

Judge Bolton’s order is available here for the legal wonks among us.

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  1. 29 July 2010 8:17 am

    To call this a victory, even a victory of sorts is like saying it was a good thing when researchers discovered that Cancer is treatable. It isn’t enough to have temporary injunctions or stays where such utter BS is concerned. La Raza has to take a difinitive stand on its own (porque es nuestra lucha…) I believe that much of the negative treatment we endure, occurs because we allow it. Political leaders (and sports heros, entertainment celebs, writers and gente comun) from the Latino countries have to stand up and be counted. This unending patience we’re all so used to has to be let go of and we need to tell the world we are sick and tired of being treated like this. We need to assert our rights just as other groups do. Then the bullies will back down. I am not advocating violence, I am convinced that a massive shift in attitude and “look-me-in-the-face” pride in our culture , language and history would move away a lot of what currently holds us back. It is very cool to be Latino (even if by adoption) We have so much more to offer than passive acceptance of “the way things are.”

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