Friday, July 30, 2010

Arizona Dealt Setback in Immigration Efforts

Arizona officials received a setback this week in their controversial effort to crack down on illegal immigration. A ruling this week by a federal judge put on hold parts of the new law that would have required police officers to enforce illegal immigration.

The provisions blocked by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton included one requiring a police officer to determine the immigration status of a person detained or arrested if the officer believed the person was not in the country legally.

Bolton also halted provisions requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times and making it illegal for people without proper documents to tout for work in public places.

According to Reuters News Service, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said she would file an appeal to reinstate the provisions, which had popular support but were opposed by President Barack Obama and immigration and human rights groups.

"This fight is far from over," Brewer said, adding that "at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens."

The Republican-controlled state legislature passed the law three months ago to try to drive nearly half a million illegal immigrants out of Arizona with the factually inaccurate suggestion that illegal immigrants are driving up crime and making the Mexican border a virtual war zone.

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