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Judge Blocks Arizona’s Law on Profiling

Click here to read Judge Susan Bolton’s injunction.

PHOENIX — U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton today blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s new immigration law, which goes into effect tomorrow. The judge blocked the provisions that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws; that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times; and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places. These provisions will be put on hold until they are resolved in court.

In her ruling, Judge Bolton ruled, “There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law).”

“By enforcing this statute,” she said, “Arizona would impose a ‘distinct, unusual and extraordinary’ burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.”

The law will go into effect tomorrow, but without its most controversial provisions.

SB 1070, was signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April. It has been challenged in various lawsuits brought be police officers, the ACLU and other civil rights groups, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Critics contend that it the law is unconstitutional because they say it usurps the federal government’s role in enforcing immigration law. They also contend that the law will increase the incidence of racial profiling by police.

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