Arizona Immigration Law Ruling: Cocktail Chatter

arizona immigration lawEvery week in cocktail chatter, we tell you what you need to know to sound like an expert at this weekend's play date, dinner party, or post office meeting.

This week's cheat sheet: the Arizona immigration law ruling.


What It Is: U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton put key parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law, also known as SB 1070, on hold in a Wednesday injunction ruling. She issued the ruling the day before the law went into effect.

What It Means for the Law:

Bolton's ruling blocked portions of the law that:

  • Made it a state crime for any foreign resident of Arizona to fail to carry federally-issued immigration documents at all times
  • Made it a state crime for an illegal foreign resident in Arizona to solicit, apply for, or perform work
  • Required local and state law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they suspected were illegal immigrants
  • Allows for a warrantless arrest of a person if there's probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the country

What Won't Change:

Crackdowns on illegal immigrants will continue.

Who's Upset:

  • Arizona Republicans: Gov. Jan Brewer's lawyers are fighting the injuction, and the AP notes Republicans are calling this an "invasion" of illegals.
  • Thousands of people who have sent hate mail to the judge.

Who's Happy:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice -- it filed a lawsuit against the state of enacting the law.
  • The ACLU
  • Immigrants' rights groups

What It Means for the Rest of the Country:

Five other states have introduced similar laws, which could likewise be subject to this federal judge's interpretation. That is if it stands; Arizona's fighting it tooth and nail.

Nine states have come together on a legal brief supporting Arizona in the case including Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, plus the Northern Mariana Islands.


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