U.S. District Judge Smacks Down Sections Of Arizona’s Immigration Law

- By Bossip Staff

Arizona’s new immigration law has just been dealt a mighty blow today, with a federal judge nullifying some of the most controversial sections of the new law, which was set to go into effect tomorrow.

A federal judge blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect today, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the legislation.

The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold a part 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.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put those sections on hold until the courts resolve the issues.
“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 said.

“There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens,” she wrote. “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.”

The judge’s decision, which came as demonstrators on both sides of the law gathered here, and after three hearings in the last two weeks in which the judge peppered lawyers on both sides with skeptical questions, seemed unlikely to quell the debate.

“I am disappointed by Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. “This fight is far from over. 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.

“I have consulted with my legal counsel about our next steps. We will take a close look at every single element Judge Bolton removed from the law, and we will soon file an expedited appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.”

Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling and is trumped by federal immigration law.

Is this just the first step in the right direction? Or will the Department of Justice ultimately have to step in?

Does anyone agree with Arizona’s governor? What’s more important at the end of the day — citizenship or humanity?

Did U.S. District Judge Bolton do the right thing? After all, what about U.S. citizens who happen to be the “wrong” color? Seems like they’ll end up under attack too.

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  • MadameMaraj

    First of all, I’m disappointed more bloggers commented on Tara Reid’s whithered backs than this…SMH…anyway, I am torn on this subject because on one hand, as a Black woman-I sympathize with discrimination, stereotyping and racial profiling of any kind BUT on the other hand, what is LEGAL is LEGAL and if you CHOOSE to live in the U.S. then you must follow the laws-the issue becomes a problem when what is said to be LEGAL is unjust, unfair and discriminatory…

  • MadameMaraj

    oh yeah being FIRST on a blog isn’t that big of a deal!

  • honeychild23

    i think that if ppl wanna come live n the u.s., they should do it legally. im not jus talking about mexicans, im talkin about other nationalities as well. its starting to get ridiculous.

  • Delight23

    so I can be illegal and continue to look for work, but the person/company hiring me will be fined. O_o

    so do I just wander amongst the already vast number of legal but homeless US citizens?

    -OR- do I work under the table which by default is also illegal?

    GOTTA LUV THE GOOD OLE US of A.

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  • Zaaquir

    Obama has officially lost my vote in 2012. I can’t support this president and any other politician that has the nerve to use my tax money to fight a state that is trying to find a solution to the problem of illegal immigration, but refuse to do anything about these cities and employers that knowingly invite, employ, and use forms of social services that are for American citizens to help illegal immigrants. The fight is on now. There’s no way that these politicians can ignore this problem now.

    Thank you Arizona!

    By the way, if the States cannot use its police officers to enforce the immigration laws that the Federal government is suppose to enforce then any crime that is considered to be a federal crime shouldn’t be able to be enforce by the state police. That means no jail for bank robbers, federal murders, drug dealers that traffic drugs from state to state,etc. unless the FBI is the one that catch them.

  • Me

    zaaquir, you’re not quite right about preemption. states can concurrently enforce areas of law traditionally left to state enforcement. immigration is just not one of those areas. you’re also mistaken about what arizona was doing and the federal government’s position. no one says give illegals all the privileges citizens get. the problem is the way the law is written. the smartest cop couldn’t look at a group of people objectively and tell which ones are legal and which are not. that’s where AZ went wrong. furthermore since everyone is hollering LEGAL this and LEGAL that. why not follow danggone constitutional law ie. the feds can preempt state law and when the feds do that (which they’ve done here) the states need to sit down. if you don’t like federal laws, vote in new congress members and get the law changed.

  • Panther

    @ cisco kid you are EXACTLY RIGHT! count me in

  • Lady_Star

    Me – Thank you for taking the time to re-educate some of these ppl.

    Either way, I’m always against discrimination. Immigration laws should not just target Mexicans but ALL immigrants.

  • Lady_Star

    BTW if I have to walk around with documents stating that I’m a Citizen, which I am, then EVERYONE should have to do the same.

  • CreoleMa

    It is their land as much as it is our land! Sooner or later everyone except for whites are going to have to show papers!!

  • Injera70

    Mexicans don’t have no black people’s back at all. I support what AZ is doing to a certain extent,if you are illegal it does not matter where you are from you should be bounced out. Our President seems spineless on this issue.

  • Amexica

    If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard
    labor.

    If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

    If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

    If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

    If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from
    again.

    If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy
    and your fate will be sealed.

    If you cross the Mexican borders illegally you will jailed for two years.

    If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political
    prison to rot.

    If you cross the United States border illegally you get:
    1 – A job
    2 – A driver’s license
    3 – A Social Security card
    4 – Welfare
    5 – Food stamps
    6 – Credit cards
    7 – Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
    8 – Free education
    9 – Free health care
    10 – A lobbyist in Washington
    11 – Billions of dollars in public documents printed in your language
    12 – Millions of servicemen and women who are willing to – and do – die
    for your right to the ways and means of our constitution
    13 – And the right to carry the flag of your country – the one you walked
    out on – while you call America racist and protest that you don’t get
    enough respect.

    Just a re-post from Yahoo that I thought was sooo right.

  • nystateofmind

    wow!!! Amexica i some what agree. my mom was an immigrant but she did it the legal way she had to walk with papers all the time until she became an citizen whats going on in arizona is not fair to the people who are doing it the legal way. but i just dont believe in the profiling that would occur due to that law

  • Please

    There is some serious understanding problems with this whole issue. Many illegals do NOT seem to understand that YOU ARE NOT an immigrant until you get your paperwork done. Just because you dodged the border patrol and made it over here DOES NOT make you an immigrant it makes you illegal.

    The illegal people who truly want to stay here and help our country are busy getting their paperwork together to get their citizenship. Not running around the streets b@tching and moaning.

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  • Nique

    LMAO @ the sign being held “Immigrants are not Criminals”…Uh Legal immigrants are not criminals but if ur here ILLEGALLY then ur a criminal period.

    Oh n f*uck Susan Bolton

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  • Rock W/ Me

    @ Amexica…. What you said!!! That post is so spot on. America is the only place that is so freakin lenient and accomodating to illegal immigrants. It’s really a downward spiral from here, and will continue to be, because when someone is attempting to do something to address the issue (like Arizona) so many people get up in arms about it! Illegal is illegal.

  • Tracy

    Anything against the law is illegal. If we take thier explanation, we might aw well let go of all the drug dealers that only sold drugs. Thye just want to make a living and feed their families too.

  • chocalatetunda

    Wow. I’m all for the law in Arizona. Obama you had my vote but you are really starting to disappoint me. i dont think i will vote for you in the next election. Immagration is a serious issue thats not being handle right and illegals are winning the battle right now and you are all for it. Why is some Americans so against this. this has nothing to do with humanity there not being mistreated all Arizona is saying like so many other Americans is that your not legal and get out or do it the right way. We have our on damn problems and we dont need the extra baggage.

  • Shadow

    La gente del Latino se levanta y une.

    Boricua hasta muerte, los daños de la verdad.

  • ANNOYED

    @AMEXICA…I AGREE 100%

    JUST THIS MORNING I WAS SITTING ON THE TRIAN GOING TO WORK, WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN 3 MEXICAN WOMEN 4 TODDLERS AND 2 INFANTS CAME ON THE TRIAN…

    THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO THE WELFARE OFFICE ( OF COURSE ) SOMEONE ON THE TRIAN CALLED THOSE KIDS “ANCHOR BABIES”…I ASKED WHAT DOES THAT MEAN…SHE SAID “IT MEANS, THOSE MEXICANS HAVE A BUNCH OF BABIES JUST TO STAY HERE AND GET ON WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS”

    AND ANOTHER THING IS…MEXICANS ARE RACIST TOWARDS BLACK PEOPLE BUT, WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD DO YOU SEE THOSE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS LIVING?

    IN BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS!

    PUERTO RICANS DON’T F/UK WITH MEXICANS NIETHER DOES DOMINICANS!

  • ANNOYED

    I MEANT TRAIN

  • Chris1761

    @Amexica

    No offense, but that was one of the worst points made all day. If you steal something in Saudi Arabia– then they cut one of your limbs off. If you steal in Afghanistan, you could end up shot. If you cheat on your husband in most of the countries listed in your post (with the exception of North Korea) you will be stoned to death. These are countries that lack humanity and we DO NOT need to take any pages out of their book.

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