Key Provisions in Arizona's S.B. 1070 Blocked
Well, well, well...what a difference a day makes.
I offered comment in a piece posted here on Technorati just yesterday that Arizonans should buckle up for the fight over their recently passed immigration law. S.B. 1070, as it's officially known, was set to take effect on Thursday and would have allowed law enforcement agencies in the state to question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the United States illegally if they were already stopped for some other legal infraction.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, however, declared "not so much." A preliminary injunction was granted on Wednesday that put the kibosh on some of the key aspects of the law, in particular the provision that allows the very questioning of anyone's immigration status. In addition, CNN reported that Bolton also blocked provisions "making it a crime to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers or 'for an unauthorized alien to...perform work,' and 'authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person" if said individual is believed to be deportable. Provisions of S.B. 1070 not blocked include the barring of officials from establishing sanctuary cities, allowing the state to file suit over any sanctuary cities, barring anyone from hiring day laborers.
Not to be outdone, Republican Governor Jan Brewer declared that the "fight is far from over." Brewer made it abundantly clear that she is more than willing to take her fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Expressing confidence in her case, Brewer said, "...at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens."
The Obama administration, of course, heavily backed Bolton's ruling. Support came in from both the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security. DOJ spokeswoman Hannah August was said in a FOX News report today, "While we understand the frustration of Arizonans with the broken immigration system, a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement and would ultimately be counterproductive." At the same time, a statement from DHS said that Bolton's ruling "'affirms the federal government's responsibilities' to enforce immigration law."Continued on the next page