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Parts of Arizona Immigration Law Blocked

Judge says parts of immigration law would impose extraordinary burden.

Published on: Jul 29, 2010

A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona has blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration enforcement law from going into effect. Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction against sections that called for police officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws and that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times. The judge did say however, some aspects of the law can go into effect today as scheduled. 

At question is Federal versus State law.  Judge Bolton said that preserving the status quo through a preliminary injunction is less harmful than allowing state laws that are likely pre-empted by federal law to be enforced. She noted that by enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a 'distinct, unusual and extraordinary' burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said in a statement she was disappointed by the judge's ruling.  But the Governor swears this fight is far from over and says in fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens.