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Federal Judge Puts Hold on Controversial Provisions of Arizona Immigration Bill - UPDATED

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by The Federalist Society
Posted July 29, 2010, 9:59 AM

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton enjoined certain provisions of the Arizona immigration bill from taking effect today, blocking portions of the law requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times, making it unlawful for illegal immigrants to seek out employment in public places, and requiring officers to check a person's immigration status when that person is stopped for an alleged other legal violation and reasonable suspicion exists that the person is undocumented, the Wall Street Journal reports. Click here to read the full text of the court's order.

UPDATE: Julia Preston has an article in The New York Times today characterizing Judge Bolton's order enjoining the above provisions of the Arizona immigration law as a vindication of the Obama Administration's decision to challenge the law and to assert its authority over states in immigration matters, and as a warning to states considering similar laws. By granting the injunction, Judge Bolton indicated that the federal government was likely to win on the merits of the case. The Washington Post reports that Arizona officials are prepared to continue their battle if they lose in district court. As Governor Jan Brewer says, "I will battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary."

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