Judge blocks toughest parts of Arizona's new immigration law, but protests still on.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On Wednesday, July 28, just before Arizona's SB 1070 was set to go into effect, a federal court in Phoenix blocked several key provisions, including:
- A requirement that police investigate the immigration status of those they suspect are in the US illegally when they stop them for other reasons.
- Mandatory arrest of people who are cited for minor violations and who can't prove their legal immigration status
- Criminal penalties for non-citizens who fail to register with the Department of Homeland Security or who don't carry their registration documents.
- Warrantless arrests of those considered by local law enforcement to be "removable" or deportable from the country
- A new Arizona provision that would make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to work
- A ban, aimed at day laborers, that would prohibit undocumented workers from applying for work, soliciting jobs or actually working
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by the US Department of Justice.
Still, protests which had been planned for July 29 will go on, according to Salinas UFW leader Efren Barajas
"I think it's great," Barajas says. "We're winning already."
A local delegation including students and UFW reps is in Arizona for the demonstrations.