July 29th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Parts of controversial Arizona immigration law take effect

Parts of an Arizona immigration law take effect Thursday after a federal judge blocked several of its most controversial aspects.

The preliminary injunction, issued Wednesday, means that, at least for
now, police are prevented from questioning people's immigration status if there is reason to believe they are in the country illegally.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also blocked provisions of the law
making it a crime for people to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers or "for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for, or perform work," as well as a provision "authorizing the warrantless arrest of a person" if there is reason to believe that person might be subject to deportation.

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  1. Vitiator

    Let me start by saying I'm a middle aged white man, who's become a dinosaur in the world of corporate IT work. I've watched 1000s of jobs be offshored and more recently Americans replaced at their jobs by HIB visa holders from foreign lands. This immigration problem is not just low end, uneducated folks over running the country. The government can spend billions on foreign aid and wars and yet declares it "impossible" to secure a border. The current influx of foreing born peoople have no desire to become American (learn our language, become citizens, etc.) they just wish to suck off the teet of the fatted cow that America has become. I am not anti-immigration but I am anti illegal immigration. Now with the incredible power and resources of the American government and corporate America do you not ask yourself what the purpose of allowing this gutting of the country is about? Do you really think it's just about Democrats securing votes?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vitiator

    Let me start by saying I'm a middle aged white man, who's become a dinosaur in the world of corporate IT work. I've watched 1000s of jobs be offshored and more recently Americans replaced at their jobs by HIB visa holders from foreign lands. This immigration problem is not just low end, uneducated folks over running the country. The government can spend billions on foreign aid and wars and yet declares it "impossible" to secure a border. The current influx of foreing born peoople have no desire to become American (learn our language, become citizens, etc.) they just wish to suck off the teet of the fatted cow that America has become. I am not anti-immigration but I am anti illegal immigration. Now with the incredible power and resources of the American government and corporate America do you not ask yourself what the purpose of allowing this gutting of the country is about? Do you really think it's just about Democrats securing votes?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel

    I find it unfathomable that the Federal Government is acting so recklessly. When, the government does not meet the will of the people and does not meet their needs, the States should be able to make choices that are for the people by the people. If I remember correctly, there was a time when the people became disgusted with the government, for the government was not representing them. Thus, the American Revolution ensued. Governments are delicate and ours needs to be restored again! However, I digress.... Case in point, Arizona's Immigration law is a brave and correct way to prevent an incredible influx of illigeal immigrants. Mexican illegals are the largest illegal immigrants. I do not understand why my husband's family and other immigrants coming through Ellis Island had to go through such stringent means to enter the United States, in contrast to our neighbor country to the south, being Mexico. My mother-in-law's grandmother, Michelina Capeletti, came the the U.S. from Italy through Ellis Island. She had an eye infection and was not allowed into the U.S. until it cleared up, which was 2-3weeks later. With the plethora, of Mexican immigrants passing through our borders with ease, how are we monitoring health concerns? One of the main health concerns is tuberculosis, which has been on the rise with the influx of illegal immigration. Therefore, putting U.S. citizens at risk for serious diseases. There are so many other aspects to this situation that I do not have enough time to explain the reasons the was I believe the way that I do. I would like to add, I am not a Tea Partier, Republican, etc... I am a Democrat! Arizona's immigration reform is just, in my opinon. I do not think it has anything to do with party affliation, at least on my part. I love this country! I want other people to love this country by becoming a citizen legally. I was raised to be a law abiding citizen. I guess law abiding in regards to immigration is not needed. Therefore, are we to forget what our forefathers and parents instilled in us to be law abiding citizens or just follow the laws that suit us and disregard the rest? I'm angry with the Federal government for not doing its job! I feel as if they don't want Arizona's law to go into effect because of money. If we didn't have Mexican immigrants (slave laborers) doing work for so little pay, we couldn't pad the pockets of the rich. This law would help the Mexican people to be paid a decent wage and not be treated as a "slave" for the U.S.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tummy Shaper

    Whats controversial About enforcing the law and protecting our country? Please take a look out side we are losing our American Culture.

    http://tummyshaper.net/?p=22

    August 6, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. tiatta

    I believe that our government should pass the arizona law for illegal immigrants. If they want to live here they should do it legally and learn to speak english. If we went to their country we would have to know how to speak their language. Why should they be allowed into this country illegally? Who knows how many terrorist have came to this country through mexico illegally! Some one should ask the mexican president why is his people wanting to get out of his country so bad? Shame on mexico!!! All governments should stop being so greedy and start helping their people!

    August 12, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |