Jul 29 2010
In response to a July 6th motion filed by the Department of Justice, a Federal judge yesterday blocked key provisions of Arizona’s controversial Immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, from going into effect today. Portions of the law still became enforceable law as of 12:01 am this morning, but the allowed provisions will not significantly change Arizona’s existing laws. The order for a partial injunction was celebrated both North and South of the Border, where attention has been focused on Arizona since April, when Arizona’s governor signed the hotly contested legislation into law. In explaining why she blocked parts of the S.B. 1070, Judge Bolton wrote that some sections warranted a preliminary injunction because they would cause “irreparable harm” to the United States, the plaintiff. In addition, she found that, “There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law).” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer responded to the ruling by saying an appeal is likely, calling yesterday’s ruling, “…a bump in the road”. Judge Susan Bolton will continue hearing arguments presented for and against S.B. 1070. The Federal Government, civil rights groups, and a Phoenix police officer have filed lawsuits against Arizona. Community groups have been mobilizing around the country in protest, and many will still gather as planned today.
GUESTS: Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, Paulina Gonzalez, with Todos Somos Arizona, Los Angeles
Find out more about the National Immigration Law Center at www.nilc.org.
Protesters will be gathering on the corner of Wilshire and La Brea this morning at 10 am to protest SB 1070. Find out more at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/todossomosarizona?ref=tsww