July 28, 2010

Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

Posted: 04:14 PM ET

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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John   July 28th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

So, why hasn't the federal government been able to address the immigration laws. If the laws are on the books, why don't they want to inforce them?

Joe G. (Illinois)   July 28th, 2010 4:48 pm ET

From Suffering to Glory:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The ever greater works of the devil should not discourage us. Let those who want hell on earth and equality across the board have their banners and parades. Nobody is forcing them not to do so. (That's my take) J.G

Kathie   July 28th, 2010 4:56 pm ET

This ruling is sending a clear message to those now in this country illegally or coming here illegally–the doors are open and you will suffer no consequences for your illegal activity. Only legal citizens of the USA have to obey the law. This injunction is outrageous. The federal government lacks the spine to enforce the law so the states have to make federal law into state law. Face it, Washington politicians are catering to illegals for the almighty vote and their reelection. Illegals use our health care and education systems and collect public assistance for their "anchor" children while sticking us with the bill which, according to one study reported on CNN, costs the taxpayers $113B/year. Anyone here illegally needs to return to their country of origin and apply to enter legally just like the law says. Giving amnesty to these illegal criminals is wrong in any language. Our elected "representatives" do not seem to get it. The majority of Americans support the Arizona law! We need to do something about illegal aliens–enforce the law!!!!!

Vicki Gerding   July 28th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

My husband and I have personal hands-on experience with Mexican legal immigration, living in AZ and, to a degree, illegal immigration. We are WASP US citizens who had the opportunity to sponsor a young Mexican man who immigrated legally; we now call him our son. A US citizen who will guarantee reimbursement to the government if the immigrant goes on welfare is a requirement by law. We have not regretted our decision. However, the system is fraught with frustrations, catch 22's, built-in blocks, and bribery by both Mexican and US officials at every level. Officials made arbitrary, unnecessary demands simply because they could. During the entire process, our son was faced with mean-spirited, de-humanizing officials, American and Mexican, who wished only to humiliate him. My husband came home after transporting him to Juarez traumatized, almost as if he were experiencing PTSD. Imagine how the immigrant must feel. Most Mexicans would prefer to stay in Mexico with their families. We need better work-permit laws and support from the federal government in enforcing existing laws instead of tacit encouragement of the illegal. Arizona is reacting to the federal lack of action.

JIM CARROLL   July 28th, 2010 6:01 pm ET

How is the Governor of Arizona and the Second Amendment to the Constitution related? When the Second Amendment was proposed in 1789, there
was a good reason. The states did not believe the new Federal Government would be powerful enough to defend the states from invasion from other
countries. They wanted their own militia for self defence. If Governor Jan Brewer's National Guard is not powerful enough to stop people from crossing
the border of Arizona, the Federal Government should send the Army. But the Constitution gives immigration policy making to the Congress. The Congress
should get off of its devil damn ass and get the job done now!
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Charles   July 28th, 2010 6:11 pm ET

Just so I'm clear, the federal government does nothing about illegal immigrants but then on the other hand, the federal government asks a federal judge to make a ruling on a subject the federal government otherwise ignores. What a federal government we have!

Smith in Oregon   July 28th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

A victory for Oregon's team of attorneys fighting against Racist, Unconstitutional Laws in America.

States such as Arizona, Utah and Texas trying to bring back the Jim Crow laws of racism and bigotry to people in America are trying to not simply be conservative, they are trying to return America back to the horrible segregation days that plagued America for many years preventing America from achieving it's brightest future for decades.

The Republican Potty's hero, Ronald Reagan granted mass 'AMNESTY' to illegal immigrants in America, it was largely seen as self-serving as The Republican Potty's special interests wanted to break up labor unions and hire cheap labor to fill those positions in order to bolster their greedy profit margins.

Now after the Republican Potty's special interests have outsourced slave labor to China, Cambodia and Thailand and many of their manufacturing plants, the Republican Potty'ticians are dead set against mass AMNESTY because those worker would directly compete against their child slave laborers overseas.

The Republican Potty's flip-flopping on mass AMNESTY for illegal immigrates is nothing but hypocrisy when it isn't self-serving their special interests and utterly corrupted selves.

Sieglinde Marx   July 28th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

I just watched a reporter showing America how the immigrants are being affected already. She kept saying that the woman had been here for 20 years, yet she couldn't speak any English. It's quite obvious she didn't really want to be an American, she just wanted our standard of living and everything else the same. I came from Germany in the early 50's under the repatriation act. We spent a lot of hours being interviewed, prodded and checked for health problems, endless back ground checks before we were given the green light to come to America. We spoke NO English, English as a second languare was unheard of, but yet within the first year we could speak the language and were proud to be part of the culture. That didn't mean not speaking our mother tongue at home, forgetting where we came from.

Cajazz76:24:8   July 28th, 2010 7:38 pm ET


Google 'United States-Mexico Border Region At A Glance' is an area created by the La Paz Agreement following the U.S. war against Mexico to expand U.S. territory. What you will read pertains to the 62.5 miles of land on the northern side of the border. Imagine what it is like in that 62.5 miles south....example 250-300% higher unemployment on the U.S. side..Also realize after Election Day you won't hear any more about it..

Rene   July 28th, 2010 8:37 pm ET

I was born and raise in Brazil, but now I'm enjoying the great life that this country has to offer. I'm serving in the military, and I hold a very important position. Being in the military, I've noticed that most of the people around me were at some point illegal immigrants or their parents were. If the problem is them not paying taxes, them give them documents so they can pay taxes. I do understand that there are many illegal people that are here committing crimes. But there are sooooo many illegal immigrants that today are of great asset to this country, and they want to be legal, but they are already married and can't get documents. I know people that had million dollar business but couldn't pay taxes, not because they didn't want to, but because they couldn't get a social. Legalizing the immigrants with a clean record will bring more money to the government, keep job opportunity going, and discourage the need to do criminal things to get money.

vic nashville tn   July 28th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

People don’t get it
Many people want to immigrate in Australia or New Zealand they accept many immigrants every year they have good immigration law may be anti immigration people has to learn from them

Dodie   July 28th, 2010 8:48 pm ET


"The federal government lacks the spine to enforce the law so the states have to make federal law into state law."

That is a very strong statement unless you work in Washington DC and have information that we do not have!!! I suspect there are many factors Americans are not privy to... Large corporations in California rely on illegals to pick the crops. Are you willing to pay $5 for an apple???

Ben   July 28th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Why should Arizona choose to have this law when the U.S government should be taken over this. And also every time i go and visit a little town near the boarder they have border patrol every where they would be patrolling from bikes riding the neighborehood to helicopters flying all over the place. Why would they say that we need to enforce the law when there actually doing thier best to keep the illegal immigrants from crossing. Its just absurd.

Carolyn Hicks   July 28th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Let Arizona have thier law. They have the right to protect thier state and themselves. The rest of the states in the union need to pass the same law before we are completely overran by mexicans and other forieners if we are not already. The majority rules and I hope all american citizens realize that and stand up and fight for our rights the same way the illegals are demanding rights they do not have.. Let them go back to their own country and fight for these rights the same way we have fought to have these rights LEAST WE FORGET our forfathers and fathers,brothers etc. fought for us, not for us to be bullied by forieners in our own country.

Charles   July 28th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I hope I am never so naive as to allow my ethnicity to be used and exploited just to ensure a vote.

Starr   July 28th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

The word racial profiling bothers me. To me, illegal immigrants have no rights because they are not considered Americans. I don't care if they're from Germany, Viet Nam, or Timbucktu, they are ILLEGAL. This is a political move and nothing more. President Obama needs their vote to have a chance at the presidency in 2012. He's losing popularity with everyone and to have their votes in 2012 means everything to him, so he wants to grant them amnesty. There are too many crooked politicians in Washington, and too many people coming into the country including terrorists. and we're losing our jobs, our land, and our pride, and we need to take our country back. No one cares about the people of USA. Well, I DO, and I'm willing to do what it takes to get the country back to what it was before all the gangs and drugs and extremely crooked politicians. Success comes in numbers.

Starr   July 28th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Send the illegals to other countries. We shouldn't have to take everyone in to have a free ride on our tax money.

Ginny   July 28th, 2010 9:42 pm ET


Magon   July 28th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Yes, blame the government for not enforcing the law and imposing big fines of at least $10,000.00 per employee to the employers who hire illegal aliens. Why blame it all on the illegal alien, as long as there is promise of work they will keep coming. Blame this on their employers who are most to blame. This fee should be imposed on the person who hires a maid to the big companys who hire several workers.

fredrick   July 28th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

This issue really eats at me, I try to ignore a lot of political issues in an attempt to spare myself of being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder! Its as simple as this people: 'when you break the law you face whatever punishment that the law calls for, I wrote out bad checks to pay for pizza when I was in college, I went to court and I could of got up to 10 years in prison(had I not paid the money back) my point is if your in this country illigally you have broken our law on a national level you should suffer the punishment of the laws not have parades and rallys,you knew it was illigal and wrong to sneak into this country and now you want equality,first you have to obey our laws then you can get eqaulity once legally applied for.a person who breaks the law is all the same from stealing candy to murder(a law was broken)but the punishment have degress according to our law. I,ll end on this note: "your fisrt impression should be your best" and its really bad for any illegal person in this country to say "the first thing I did in america was broke the law"

LE   July 28th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

They were first brought here for their cheap exploited labor, now they want them gone, you can't have it both ways.

fredrick   July 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

I have a question: who was farming and picking fruit/vegetables before the illigals came here? I promise you the show will go on without the illigals. I just wish people stop feeding the hype of they work harder,cheaper,longer...a bologna sandwich to a hungry person is good. We as americans need to remember what it feels like to be hungry..and in this economy we aint far off from starving! I know plenty people(legal americans) who will gladly pick fruit/veggies.

Cajazz76:24:8   July 28th, 2010 11:00 pm ET


Who was farming it before U.S. citizen's? Go back and read your history book...The answer to your question is SLAVES...WHO WERE MADE A WHOLE 3/5ths HUMAN, SO THEY COULD BE CONSIDERED CITIZEN'S AND STILL PICK CROPS..Go to Seattle, WA. and you will find Jamaican's picking your apples because farmer's are afraid to hire Mexican's because they are afraid they will be fined. Get a bit of history behind your blogging..I doubt you know anyone who could do what immigrant labor does...

Charles   July 28th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

Well said.

montoya   July 29th, 2010 1:36 am ET

For all the people who are against this law maybe you should inform the government that you are willing to invest your money in these illegal immigrants. If a law is broken or not followed you will take the suffering and pain and pay the fines for these people. If these illegals can break the laws and not be punished why can't we americans do so and not be punished? Imagine a world without laws to follow. Why don't we just purchase Mexico and make it part of America and there will be no more need for wellfare.

Phuoc Trieu   July 29th, 2010 3:11 am ET

I'm so happy that the judge has blocked the AZ law. I believe that law will lead to racism so we all should stop it right now, right away.

Pat   July 29th, 2010 10:04 am ET

A lot of repetitive reports about illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico have dehumanized not only a whole population of people, but the issue itself. Responsible reporting should insure the presentation of all sides of the issue so that all people can decide for themselves where to stand. I applaud any effort on the part of CNN that can tell me why it is so hard for good and honest people to gain citizenship after many years of living in this country. Perhaps the answers we seek would be better found by solving the problems where they are and not creating more problems by excluding good and honest people from becoming part of what has always made our country strong and great. If the Arizona Law is be used as a tool for law enforcement to bridge a gap that the Department of Immigration has be unable to properly work through, for some reason with them, it only goes to speak loudly for the communication gaps between all of the “communication/cooperation gaps” in our government and much it cost our country in Security, Money, and Common Sense and if we could write a Law that could make a lack of “Communication/Cooperation” between government agencies Illegal it would save us a great deal more time and money than all this stuff, alas if it were only possible. Can you imagine the huge amounts of additional money that might be saved in other areas as well?

Ted   July 29th, 2010 11:21 am ET

There is a lot of BS and propaganda on both sides of the fence, each making ridiculous comments.

We can have legal seasonal workers coming from the south, who will work just as the illegals do, but pay taxes and go home after the job is done. They may earn a better wage, however the price of an apple will not go to $5 a piece, as claimed by an otherwise smart person, and we do not have to provide school and medical benefits to the whole family. The migrant worker earns a living, however his family stays in Mexico and we save billions each year.

We have millions of boodsuckers living on social help all their lives, sometimes in several generations.
These people should be forced to take a job, any job, or lose the support paid by us working people.
This will take care of who cleans the floors of a hospital, who picks apples, etc. At least partially.

There are 6.7 billion people in this world, soon to be 10 billion!
Do we want them to come to us illegally or do we want to have a control over the influx of immigrants? Our basic survival may depend on this issue in the future.

Our politicians are cowards, they will never take a step that may cost them the next election.
Washington knows the problem, but it is just too hot an issue and may cost the latino vote, so doing nothing is the order of the day.
Meanwhile millions of unregistered illegals flood the country, sell drugs, rob gasstations, because they have nothing to lose. If cought, they will be deported so they can come back again with a different name. Papers are cheap in Mexico.

I am liberal, but not stupid!! We do not owe the poor of all nations anything, when at the same time our poor go hungry to bed, even if they work and have low wages.
Charity should start at home, the whole world thinks that we are naive and retarded the way we handle issues so important as immigration and illegality, among many other subjects!!!

Cajazz76:24:8   July 29th, 2010 6:57 pm ET


Nearly $8 billion dollars is available when you start drawing you Social Security checks. It was put there by Mexican farmworkers who will never reap its benefits. How will President Obama benefit from their votes in 2012? Illegal immigrants can't vote. Is your full name Dwarf Starr? Seems to me that you have racism burning you out....

anthony   July 29th, 2010 8:09 pm ET

The politicians both democrats,and republicans have the chance to deal with the issue in regards to illegal aliens when former President Ronald Reagan was ellected.Talking about politics,yes I said politics.We need to push for transparency with the state,and federal government.Unfortunately innocent people have to die in order for the state to take action,and shift the blame away from it self..........To watch these politician trying to wiggle themselves out of the mass they've created..........

Jerce   July 29th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Laura Ingraham & Ann Coulter should both be shipped off to an island where they can just whine each others ears off.....WAH WAH WAH

Sophia   July 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I think Laura Ingram in her presentation of the Obama Diary has failed terribly. She has been inevitably biased in her protrayal of the Obama adminsitration and the Obama family. I know she has hopes of getting the book sold and is depending on "sound bites." She clearly has not grasp the concept that it is highly impossible to rebuild what you spent 8 years tearing down. The only acreditation that she can expect to get from all this is that she does more home work than Sarah Palin!

maryln48   July 29th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

As an mexican american, I have mixed feeling about the law. I know something should have been done years ago and now finally a state is trying to do something and everyone gets upset. I hope it opens the goverments eyes and causes some action. Since we have illegals come here and get on our goverment programs, get employed so we can pay them cheap wages, and use our health care, how can we expect them not to come when their country is corrupt and only the few prosper in that country. Now that they are here and their kids are in our military and graduating from our colleges, we can't just send them back. The ones that have come here to commit crimes should be sent back instead of keeping them in our prisons. I think that was then country we should have invaded because they have invaded us. Now we must be fair and do it right, I hope our government finally does something because it needs to desperately.

bigdaddy   July 29th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Arizona Govenor for President. Vote people, the only people who pull the race card are those not obeying the laws. Go home, or Love America enough to make this your home legally.

Roger Smith   July 30th, 2010 12:05 am ET

I am a history teacher in NY and I support Arizona 100%! When I see signs that say "Shame on Arizona" in protest of their immigration law I am very ashamed that real Americans would make such a sign. I actually question whether or not a citizen would ever have such a point of view if they were informed of the real issue. We are not asking anything more of ILLEGAL immigrants than we ask of ourselves. Most citizens only want the Illegals to either have legal documentation allowing them to work here, or be on the road to citizenship. If I, Joe Q. Citizen, acted in the manner of an illegal immigrant and worked without paying taxes, I would be arrested just like Jerry Koosman, Wesley Snipes or any other US Citizen, for tax evasion, have my bank accounts frozen, have property confiscated, have fines assessed and be thrown in jail. Why is the US Government protecting, coddling and advocating for illegal citizens, that do not vote, do not put public servants in office, or pay taxes for public servants salaries, over the concerns and interests of its own citizens? Has the world turned upside down here? The good citizens of Arizona have the guts to do what the coward politicians of Washington DC do not, which is to enforce the law. How dare Washington tell Arizona to not enforce federal immigration laws but yet insist that they enforce multitudes of other federal laws. The federal government is acting in such a hypocritical way that this country is becoming laughable, dysfunctional and divisive. Washington needs to wake up, care what its constituents want and start following the US Constitution and federal law.
God Bless the USA and Arizona!!
Roger Smith
Suffolk County New York
Legal US Citizen

Khin Maung Nyunt   July 30th, 2010 1:06 am ET

A federal judge has blocked the Arizona's new immigration law . I don't know much about law and politics. As an ordinary man I don't like people who violates a country's law. ILLEGAL immigrants are the people who already violated our country's law.When they got a chance to enter our country illegally they didn't care about the laws of United States. While they are living in the U. S. they surely will break the law when they get a chance for their profits. Instead of sending them home, why should they be given amnesty by spending tax money of the U. S. citizens.

Philip Roibal   July 30th, 2010 3:32 am ET

Are you kidding me? why the hell did you give this laura ingraham a backdrop of an audience that supports her. This really is a travesty. I thought you were unbiased but this is the most biased interview I've ever seen.... What democrats do you have on that get an audience in the background? And even if you did, that would be wrong....the only word i can muster up is the word travesty. You should be ashamed to call yourself a journalist. All i can say is I'm appalled by this horrible horrible interview. And omg she is an idiot to top it off. Let her learn a little better mimicking..she's an idiot.

Kara   July 30th, 2010 9:49 am ET

WHAT!? I cant believe this! The rest of the country needs to get on the ban wagon and do the same as Arizona. Then lets see who has the upper hand!

Veritas vos liberabit   July 30th, 2010 11:55 am ET

I work in the health care system in Southern California in the capacity of a psychologist for mental health. I will tell you this. Close to half of my caseload is comprised of illegal immigrants from south of our border. We cannot ask directly if they are illegal. We only know, as they cannot speak English and are unable to qualify for SSI due to their illegal status. We have so many patients with little to no knowledge of the English language; the government is forced to hire only bi-lingual therapists. I am part of a dying bread as I only speak English. If you do not speak Spanish and now Vietnamese, you will NOT be hired. We are servicing thousands of illegal immigrants all requiring psychotropic medications. Many of those medications are extremely expensive, so the cost can be quite extensive with the American Tax-payer picking up the cost.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   July 30th, 2010 10:16 pm ET


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