Sorry, Jan, but the dumbest thing in the law was expecting—-no, demanding that police be turned into immigration officials.
A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law from going into effect, a ruling that at least temporarily squashed a state policy that had inflamed the national debate over immigration.
Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court issued a preliminary injunction against sections of the law, scheduled to take effect on Thursday, that called for police officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws and required immigrants to prove that they were authorized to be in the country or risk state charges. She issued the injunction in response to a legal challenge brought against the law by the Obama administration. [...]
From what I’ve read on it so far, most legal analysts believe Judge Bolton’s ruling will likely also cool off other states from following Arizona’s lead, which is very good news. One analysis weighs in that the feds could likely win even after Brewer’s appeal.
Conservatives are blaming the ACLU and the “open borders crowd.”
Here’s more from Arizona:
Key parts of SB 1070 that will not go into effect Thursday:
• The portion of the law that requires an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.
• The portion that creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”
• The portion that allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.
• The portion that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. There are three parts to that part of the law. Two of them will go into effect, one of them will not.
Gov. Brewer has already dragged out the customary “we have already made some progress in waking up Washington” line, so appeal or not, it sounds like she’s resigned to losing to Attorney General Holder. It was a bad law from the start. Making it a crime to walk around while brown was a ludicrous notion from the get go.
Now let’s see what the feds do, because if the states can’t do it one thing Arizona’s actions does do is put more pressure on Obama and the Democrats to act. We’ll then have to see just how far they’ll have to go to get Republicans on board, though with midterms coming up the issue could simply become a political football, yet again.