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Judge Defangs Arizona Immigration Law

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Posted on Jul 28, 2010
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U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton decided Wednesday that SB 1070’s most controversial bits, such as requiring immigrants to carry papers wherever they go, will have to wait until the courts can sort out the mess. As written, the law, which was set to take effect Thursday, would restrict the liberty of “lawfully-present aliens,” the judge said.

The judge agreed with the view that federal immigration law trumps SB 1070.

AP via Google:

But for now, opponents of the law have prevailed: The provisions that most angered opponents will not take effect, including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also delayed parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places — a move aimed at day laborers. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” Bolton, a Clinton appointee, said in her decision.

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By Adam, July 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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I understand the complexities of the illegal immigration issue.  Yet, I question whether or not the majority of USA citizens do.

This is a very complex and multi-faceted issue!  It just is… ok?  We all understand and agree that foreigners who want to be USA citizens have to go through proper channels and proper protocol in order to be legal immigrants.  Fine.  Well, here is my question about that.  Actually, I have two questions with this rationale:

1)  Why is it that the laws are not being changed whereby the length of time to be legalized is decreased?  Sometimes, it takes months and/or years to go to the proper channels.  Why?  Because the USA society, as a whole, is heartless and is totally deviod of compassion?  Yeah, from a social standpoint…you are!  I know…  You enjoy allowing your government to give the third world a headache while your society suffers from xenophobia!  Yes, this is happening in the USA.  So please do not object when the truth about the USA society as a whole is spoken about!

2)  Eliminating ALL illegals from Arizona will have guaranteed negative consequences for the society as a whole from an economic standpoint.  Again, it just will!  So, this contention is not open for debate because I am right and those propagandized and xenophobic conservatives are not!  Ok? 

Why is it that the people who are unemployed in Arizona, while condoning and defending corporate control of Arizona and their Republican enablers, vote for the same people who decide against their own personal interests? It’s gets old after a while.  Pay attention!

So many people who are pro-SB 1070 are EXTREMELY reluctant to apply for jobs involving harvesting fruits and vegetables and cleaning up hotel rooms for the federally mandated minimum wage. You know?  Who cares though right?  Illegal IS illegal after all.

I am tired of hearing about it!  I just am…  It’s time that people start being honest and experiencing a reality check!  The reality check is:  There are consequences for both individual and society when laws are enacted!  The approach in creating a law should be done with the utmost respect while weighing the pros and cons with implementing any law.
One major shortcoming with the USA society in general is their reluctance to accept the cons involved in regards to creating a law. 

Another thing that gets old after a while is the reluctance of so many USA citizens to accept the fact that there are roughly 300 million people living in the USA.  As such, it’s extremely difficult to cleanse the USA of undocumented foreigners.  You want the borders secure?  Well… it will cost you!  One cost will be to bring back troops overseas in ALL military branches.  The USA will have to close down many bases worldwide and bring the troops stationed there back to the USA to secure all of our borders.  This action is both necessary and possible:  The Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long.  The Canada border is about twice that long. THEN there is the coastline that I am sure the Navy and the Coast Guard CAN fix, but seem to not have enough troops to do it. 

When I went to San Diego last year, there were tons of ships un-manned sitting right there in the harbor.  So why is that these ships are not being sent to defend the coastline in order to prevent the foreigners from coming?  I wholeheartedly believe the USA government is capable of preventing undocumented foreigners from coming here.  BUT, it will take the Republicans, who are against unregistered foreigners, to stop the USA sending military personnel overseas.  This action hinders our ability to secure the border.  I know…LOL I know!  Republicans are not willing to compromise because, to them, killing people in the third world to satiate their paranoia is more important than implementing a policy that completely secures the USA borders.

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By Carl, July 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Who funds these “immigrants rights” groups that challenged this law. Not poor illegal immigrants. They are funded by corporate America, who wants to keep the cheap labor flowing to drive down wages further.

This Judge was appointed by Clinton, but that was just a rubber stamp from a right-wing president. She is a hard core Republican recommended by the most radical right-winger in the Senate, Kyl.

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By Fat Freddy, July 29, 2010 at 5:29 am Link to this comment

I have recently learned that the City of Philadelphia Police Department has a policy of not reporting undocumented workers to ICE when they are victims or witnesses of a crime. My understanding of the Arizona law, is that it removes that discretion from the police, and officers MUST report all undocumented workers. That could be a big hindrance in criminal investigations of real crimes.

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By PatrickHenry, July 29, 2010 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

Arizonians are going to do what Arizonians got to do and a faceless political judicial bureaucrat will not slow them down. 

They can read the Constitution also.

Last night the news reported that only 13% of Americans polled favored the judges action, over 80% opposed it.

It’s the Federal governments responsiblity to secure our borders, do it.

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By Robespierre115, July 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Republicans should send Bolton champagne, she just handed them the November elections.

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By Peter Knopfler, July 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

There is YOUR PROBLEM, the FEDS won`t Back the STATES and States now have good reason for a militia rule they tried to do the right thing by going to the Feds, but in 12 years NADA! With this Judgement, more of NADA!
Sheriffs in local countys now have the power of the constitution, and deputize the civilian gun caring Arizona militia. I forgot who said “The States have to keep a fire at the Feet of the federal gov`t”, FIRE ONE!FIRE IN THE HOLE!

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By infinityzero, July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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“The judge agreed with the view that federal immigration law trumps SB 1070.”

YES! LOL I am so excited about this that I can hardly contain myself!

I wonder how the Republicans and conservatives, the REAL vermin in the USA - not foreigners, feel about not getting their way for once.  Seriously, I am curious because the vast majority of the time right-wing folks tend to have their way politically in the United States.

The Conservatives lost!  The conservatives lost!  Hah Hah Hah Hah Hah grin

It appears that the scraggly unelected governor of Arizona needs to just accept the fact that life did not go her way in this instance.  grin

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By The Donkey Edge, July 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

More on the de-fanging:

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By cheyennebode, July 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment
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By Carl, July 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

Well, congrats to the Chamber of Commerce and its allies like Truthdig for helping crush a grassroots effort at democracy. The boys at Country Clubs are cheering and enjoying a drink. Did those those stupid workers in Arizona think they could stop Corporate America?

I amazed at the stupidity of some working class Americans. Hundreds of fools showed up to protest this law as directed by Corporate America, and most didn’t even realize they were suckers. Will they now march down to homeless shelters to help poor Americans? No time for that.

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