Federal Judge Susan Bolton has granted an injunction that blocks the most controversial part of the recently passed Arizona Immigration Law. The lawsuit had been filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and argued that Arizona’s law requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic violations usurps federal authority. It appears that this ruling stops that specific part of the rule from being enforced.
The lawsuit read: ‘In our constitutional system, the federal government has pre-eminent authority to regulate immigration matters. This authority derives from the United States Constitution and numerous acts of Congress. The nation’s immigration laws reflect a careful and considered balance of national law enforcement, foreign relations, and humanitarian interests.’
The government was seeking an injunction to delay the July 29 implementation of the law until the case is resolved. While much of the law will still be going into effect, the most controversial component will not be enforced. The federal government ultimately wants the law declared invalid, and this could certainly be the first step in that effort.
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