UPDATE: Major SB 1070 provisions blocked by judge

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer waving to the crowd.

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer has vowed that her state will appeal the U.S. District Court ruling on SB 1070. (Photo Credit: CC BY/Sundials by Carmichael/Flickr)

MSNBC.com reports that SB 1070 won’t be going into effect as Arizona had planned. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling just a few hours before SB 1070 was to have gone into effect will serve as a significant setback as supporters of the proposed Arizona illegal immigration law prepare for the next round of legal war.

Arizona is expected to appeal the SB 1070 ruling

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has said on numerous occasions that if the lawsuits against SB 1070 that Eric Holder and the Department of Justice put into motion obstructed the process of enacting the law in any way, an immediate appeal would be the result. Temporarily, opponents of SB 1070 have the advantage. However, Gov. Brewer and those who support running with the ball against illegal immigration where the federal government has failed miserably view the ruling as only a short-term setback.

Portions of SB 1070 that Susan Bolton blocked

First, the section of SB 1070 that required that Arizona law enforcement officials to inquire as to a person’s immigration status during a stop for another reason has been halted. Not only that, but those parts of the illegal immigration law that would have required that immigrants carry papers with them has been held back, despite the fact that this provision would have made it illegal for undocumented workers to offer their services in public places. The warrantless arrest of suspected illegal immigrants was another procedure that was impeded by Judge Bolton’s ruling.

Bolton’s comments

In a statement, Judge Bolton proclaimed that “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.” She also noted that the issues she placed on hold would only remain in such a state until the courts are able to further resolve the issues.

Brewer’s response

In a statement to the Associated Press, Gov. Jan Brewer exclaimed that Arizona will continue to move forward. Regarding the future of SB 1070 and holding the federal government accountable for their lack of action while continuing to take taxpayer money for alleged border security, she said without hesitation that “The bottom line is we’ve known all along that it is the responsibility of the feds and they haven’t done their job so we were going to help them do that.”



Gov. Brewer’s response to parts of SB1070 being blocked by judge


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