How fitting that I’m going to talk immigration with my youth group tonight.
Sections of Arizona’s Immigrations Law, SB1070, have been blocked by US District Judge Susan Bolton.
The provisions that most angered opponents will not take effect, including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.The judge also delayed parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places – a move aimed at day laborers. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.
Not all of the law was blocked:
Supporters of the law took solace in the fact that the judge did keep several portions of the law intact, including a section that bars local governments from limiting enforcement of federal immigration laws. Those jurisdictions are commonly known as “sanctuary cities.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said the state will likely appeal the decision.
This is one battle that might take years to ultimately sort out…and will most likely culminate in a Supreme Court hearing.