Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Immigration decision from federal court in AZ: The basics

Here is the text of the opinion by Susan Bolton, United States District Judge in Arizona, prohibiting the state of Arizona and governor Janet Brewer from enforcing the most controversial parts of the “state” immigration law, link.

The main provision that does not take effect is that which required police to check a suspect’s immigration status while checking other violations.

The judge wrote “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,"

Less controversial provisions of the law go into effect at 12.01 AM PDT Thursday.

The judge is a Clinton appointee. As Toobin explained above, the political situation in Arizona could complicate a formal appeal.

In southern Arizona, some ranchers have faced lawsuits for detaining illegal immigrants on their property.

Steve Holland's story as to "winners and losers" for Reuters (on MSN) is here.

Wikipedia attribution link  of Arizona Capitol; I visited it in 2000.

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