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Arizona Immigration Showdown!
A last-minute ruling blocks key parts of
Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
What happens now?
Two Arizona sheriffs faceoff over the law
that’s divided a state – and the country!
Did the judge make the right decision by
blocking parts of the Arizona immigration law?
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Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - 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 of the law requires 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.
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.
Seven lawsuits are seeking to block implementation of the law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April. The law, which also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them, is to go into effect Thursday.
CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin said the ruling reflects the government's argument that immigration enforcement should be dealt with at the federal level.
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Battle on the Border!
Why supporters of Arizona’s tough new immigration law say it’s about time and why critics say it’s time to go to court! The controversy over illegal immigrants!
Bill Richardson and Alberto Gonzales debate!
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THE DEBATE OVER ARIZONA'S NEW IMMIGRATION LAW HEATS UP WITH CARLOS MENCIA, GOV. BILL RICHARDSON AND OTHERS – THURSDAY NIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!
As the furor against Arizona's strict new immigration law escalates, immigrant advocates are preparing to move the fight to the courtroom, where their legal challenges have sunk other high-profile laws against illegal migrants.
The Los Angeles attorney who successfully challenged Texas and California efforts to bar illegal migrants from public services said this week that the Arizona law was similarly doomed because it unconstitutionally attempts to usurp federal jurisdiction to regulate immigration and could violate guarantees of equal protection with selective enforcement against certain ethnic groups.
The law makes it a state crime for illegal migrants to be in Arizona and requires police to check for evidence of legal status.
"The Arizona law is doomed to the dustpan of other unconstitutional efforts by local government to regulate immigration, which is a uniquely federal function," said Peter Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles.
But the attorney who helped write the Arizona law said he carefully crafted the measure to avoid those constitutional issues. Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor who handled immigration law and border security under U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft during the Bush administration, said the law does not seek to regulate immigration but merely adds state penalties for what are already federal crimes.
Under the legal doctrine of "concurrent enforcement," he said, states are allowed to ban what is already prohibited by federal law. As an example, he said, the courts have upheld efforts by California, Arizona and other states to enact sanctions against employers who hire illegal migrants.
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