Arizona’s Immigration Law Hits Roadblock After Judge Orders Injunction

A protester against Arizona's immigration law holds up a sign outside the White House.
A protester against Arizona's immigration law holds up a sign outside the White House.
A protester against Arizona's immigration law holds up a sign outside the White House.
A protester against Arizona's immigration law holds up a sign outside the White House.

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Top Story Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, SB1070, took a hit Wednesday, one day before it goes into effect, when a U.S. Federal judge issued a temporary injunction against provisions in the law that require police to check the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

The move by Judge Susan Bolton also delayed a provision requiring immigrants to carry documents at all times and another which prevents illegal immigrants from soliciting work in public places.

The injunction has already sparked debate on both sides of the immigration debate and drawn comments from politicians and activists alike.

“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,” said Arizona Governo Brewer, according to AFP. Brewer is a strong supporter of the law.

Many immigration groups across the country praised Judge Bolton’s injunction, but warned that the debate about immigration reform is far from over.

“We applaud the U.S. District Court of Arizona’s issuance of a preliminary injunction against the most egregious provisions of Arizona’s contemptible law, SB1070, which essentially declares open season on undocumented immigrants, legal immigrants, and anyone who looks or sounds like an immigrant,” said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, in a statement to reporters. “We urge the president and members of Congress to step up to the plate and do what they need to do to prevent further Arizonas from happening.”

The law, which Governor Brewer signed in April, has been a hot button issue in recent months as the Obama administration openly criticized the law and threatened to file a lawsuit against it.

The move by Judge Bolton is seen by some as a risky move for immigration activists and their supporters in government, as  many have already criticized the spending of tax payer money that the Obama administration has spent on combatting the bill.

“Instead of wasting tax payer resources filing a lawsuit against Arizona … the Obama Administration should have focused its efforts on working with Congress to provide the necessary resources to support the state in its efforts to act where the federal government has failed,” said Arizona senator’s John McCain and Jon Kyl, according to Reuters.

Whatever happens in the upcoming weeks, Judge Bolton’s ruling is sure to spark a good deal of commentary and debate over Arizona’s law.

“This will take the wind out of the sails of anti-immigration efforts on the state level, though it will probably intensify such efforts at the federal level,” said Peter Spiro, a law professor at Temple University, according to Reuters.

Other Top News: An emergency meeting of UNASUR, a union of South American nations, will take place today. The goal of the meeting is to ease escalating tensions between Colombia and Venezuela.

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