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.