On July 28, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton granted a preliminary injunction against major sections of
In a 36-page decision, Judge Bolton found that the
* “requiring that an officer make a reasonable attempt to
determine the immigration status of a person stopped,
detained or arrested if there is a reasonable suspicion that
the person is unlawfully present in the
requiring verification of the immigration status of any
person arrested prior to releasing that person…
* creating a crime for the failure to apply for or carry alien
* creating a crime for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply
for, or perform work…
* authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person where there
is probable cause to believe the person has committed a
public offense that makes the person removable from the
“The Court also finds that the
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately issued a press release praising the Judge’s decision.
The court did not block the provisions of the Arizona law that criminalize the solicitation of employment on public streets or the one that forbids local police agencies from adopting policies that limit or restrict enforcement of federal immigration laws.
So, where do we go from here?
Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the author of the law, had this to say, even before the Judge’s ruling: “I wrote it to go to the Supreme Court...I'm begging for that fistfight at the Supreme Court. We will win in a 5-4 decision and finally settle this problem."
It is all but certain that the State of
In any case, this is not the beginning of the end, but perhaps it is the end of the beginning. The
In the meantime, in order to assist our readers in keeping up to date with the various lawsuits challenging the