July 28th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Judge blocks part of controversial Arizona immigration law

A federal judge has blocked one of the most controversial sections of a tough Arizona immigration law, granting a preliminary injunction Wednesday that prevents police from questioning people about their immigration status.

That provision required police to "make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested" if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the United States illegally.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling, in response to a motion filed by the federal government, came with scant hours to go before the law goes into effect.

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She also blocked provisions of the law making it a crime to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers or "for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for, or perform work," and a provision "authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person" if there is reason to believe that person might be subject to deportation.

"We believe the court ruled correctly when it prevented key provisions of SB1070 from taking effect. While we understand the frustration of Arizonans with the broken immigration system, a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement and would ultimately be counterproductive," the Department of Justice said in a statement. "States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework.

"This administration takes its responsibility to secure our borders seriously and has dedicated unprecedented resources to that effort. We will continue to work toward smarter and more effective enforcement of our laws while pressing for a comprehensive approach that provides true security and strengthens accountability and responsibility in our immigration system at the national level."

Seven lawsuits are seeking to block implementation of the law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April. It is to go into effect Thursday.

Watch: Gov. Brewer reacts to preliminary injunction

The law also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling, which is illegal.

Supporters point out that the law prohibits racial profiling and people cannot be stopped and asked for proof of legal residence based solely on their looks.

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  1. BradinOC

    To kit

    "Americans can work illegally in Mexico without a problem, and get paid way more than a Mexican national. Get your facts first."

    Do you have any evidence of this? Is it maybe that Mexico doesn't have immigration laws as strict as ours. It is likley because Americans have higher skill sets than most illegal mexican immigrants. I am half mexican myself, but I disagree with all the other hispanics who just want to turn a blind eye to illegal immigrantation. The Fed needs to stop fighting AZ and develop good immigration reform legislation. No amnesty for being here illegally, paying a fine and back taxes is way to do it, even if they are paying these fine and back taxes for the rest of their lives.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger

    We have so much in this country that you rich republicans can afford to pay the bills of the Mexican or the moms with 5 kids – deal with it. Obama is a genius – he knows how to create new voters – Republicans are just jealous because white people are not having many babies anymore. If I were you I would learn to speak some spanish!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. German Boy

    This is how our Leader Hitler started to get rid of illegals. Start with the illegal aliens, then the blacks and if you have the guts, the jews!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. karen

    PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR- December of the year 2010. No one will give a rat's rear end about this issue, because it is politics as usual. Just wait. The "little" people may care, but the politicians and media won't even bring it up anymore. WHY, because it is an election year and that is all this is. Another hot button issue, like abortion, gay's, gun rights, blah-blah-blah..who cares?

    July 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SteveB

    Maybe some day whiny liberals will begin to understand that profiling is done every day in this country as a normal means of law enforcement. If a white guy with red hair and a purple nose is robbing banks, you tend to focus on white guys with red hair and purple noses. That's not profiling: it's law enforcement. If someone doesn't speak English, doesn't have a green card or legal drivers license, it's safe to assume they're not legal.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    Once again these idiots are not listening to the people. We the People.....do any of your ignorant dems get that! Well come voting time you'll remember. We want these illegals out yesterday! Hey Obama is that what your going to teach your children, if you don't like the law just break it! Your as ignorant as they come, What if all the "legal" Americans just stopped paying taxes", we don't like that law because we don't want to support the illegals anymore! I hope the governor of Arizona runs for president! She would make you look like the fool you are!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. real american

    Why are you complianing about the 5 an hr jobs the illegals are taking when the major corporations of America have sold you out and outsourced the good paying jobs to countries like India. bunch of dumba$$e$

    July 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      I'll tell you why... That 5 dollar an hour job is being paid under the table. Meaning the ILLEGAL immigrant has to pay no taxes. Meaning I have to pay for his healthcare when he gets hurt or sick and goes to a hospital. Who do you think pays those medical bills? Him? No, the taxpayer. YOU AND ME. Get your head out of your butt. Make sense before you call people names and throw stones.

      July 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phoenix

    CNN as usual cannot report accurately. The judge selectively directs pieces of the law to not be enforced. It is no wonder that no one believes the news media and the Adminstration. Report factually, or quite deceiving those who looking for a non-real view of what our Laws are.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. real american

    Militias....please once the cartels find they are cutting into thier profits( smuggling drugs people etc.) thos Militias will be in serious trouble. they have nothing on the cartels please.......

    July 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kate

    The roaches got a break today, but it angered the majority of the "Legal" Americans here. Lets stop paying taxes because we don't like that law either. Since the roaches can break the law why can't we!

    July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. robert

    Funny.... Why is this not put to a vote by the people! It seems to me that our federal government is only interested in the minority of people in this country. It is like they are trying to give back in four years for all the perceived wrongs of the past. I think it is time for a new form of Government in our country anything but this friendly fascist Hole we call a democracy.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cherokee Nation

    The law is racial profiling and people are being treated as suspect first and people second. The companies are laughing all the way to the banks as they out source jobs over seas. Many people came to this country to make a better life for themselves and now they are saying they should keep people from coming here to do the same thing- they are so selfish. They should be forced to give the land back to the Cherokee Nation and let them decided who should get to stay.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    If our Federal Government would simply enforce the laws already on the books the states would not have to do what AZ did. Time to change the crew in office now.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. latoya palmer

    America is laughing stock of the world right now . I mean think about it other parts of the world enter ther country illegal and see what happeneds for example If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
    If you c...ross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot. see what i mean come on America wake

    July 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nope

    You know what? Let them all in. We need someone to work all our crap jobs. At least this way, we only have to pay them a fraction of what we'd pay our own people.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • real american

      Thats what has been happening because the White people have become too soft, to conceded to do these jobs. Now you cry they are taking our jobs, jobs that you don't want to do anyways

      July 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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