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July 29th, 2010
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Portions of an Arizona immigration law go into effect Thursday -- after a federal judge granted an injunction that blocked the most controversial parts of it.

Portions of an Arizona immigration law go into effect Thursday - after a federal judge granted an injunction that blocked the most controversial parts of it.

Portions of Arizona's controversial immigration law go into effect

(CNN) – Parts of an Arizona immigration law go into effect Thursday as it was passed - after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction that blocked the most controversial aspects of it.

The injunction, issued Wednesday, means that, at least for now, police are prevented from questioning people's immigration status if there is reason to believe they are in the country illegally.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton 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.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the state would file an expedited appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, signaling a legal escalation that some expect will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The parts of the law that go into effect include a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, and the criminalization of hiring day laborers who are in the country illegally. The parts of the law dealing with sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants also withstood the first legal test. Read more

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  1. Randy

    I am appauled at the number of illegal immigrants employed in this country when we have record amounts of unemployed legal residents. When is this country of ours going to start taking care of it's own people and stop being the caretakers of the world? I don't think this is what our For fathers had in mind!

    July 29, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  2. AVI

    Each and every baby born here is automatically becoming a US citizen regardless if he or she were born to illegal aliens or even to a tourists visiting the US. We then pay for public schools for these children and for visits to ER. This has to stop, no other country provides citizenship just due to the fact one was born in this country.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  3. GetAgrippa

    Why is the Obama administration so capricious with immigration? Federal law still forbids marijuana and the Supreme Court has twiced ruled medical marijuana is illegal and Congress can ban medical marijuana. Obama has ordered the Attorney General to ignore the medical marijuana state laws. There are 14 or so states breaking the law with a "patchwork" of laws that are antithetical to federal law. Where is the method to the madness. I feel the SCOTUS would rule against the Arizona law so then we would have two federal laws the Executive branch is failing to execute in both immigration and marijuana.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  4. Docf

    I think all this is so opinionated and that the law makers should step up to the plate and do something about immigration in this country of immigrants. Obama and his admistration needs to do something asap.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  5. Alice

    Why can't pepople use common sence. All the photos of people coming over the fence are only a SMALL portion of the immigration problem. Many of those who must now come 'over the fence' are
    because these people have lived the majority oftheir lives here in our country. They have worked and help build this country JUST AS OUR ANCESTERS did. But, when their parents came to this country all they were told was to register...and mamny did. They even have payed taxed, voted and doen all the things we have done. Now find there was more steps to be taken and it is too late with the RAGE of people who think they are better than those who make life better for all of us.
    When my ancesters were born in Jamestown, British Colony in Virginia they invisioned everyone have an equal chance WHO were willing to wrok and build this country. Wake up people.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  6. Doug Mustard

    So what are people afraid of? Can't compete successfully with people of different backgrounds?? Since all Americans originally were illegal immigrants, it's hard to see what the big deal is, except for some irrational dislike of people with different backgrounds.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  7. Colleen

    When the police are patroling certain "pick-up" spots where employers drive by to hire the undocumented for cheap labor, they are picking up the illegals, but what are they doing with those who hire? Are they not committing a crime as well? Could it be the businesses are campaign contributors? If the Feds began enforcing the immigration laws starting with the businesses who hire illegals, it would put a huge dent in the illegal population and cause fewer immigrations if there were no businesses hiring undocumented workers. The assets and properties should be siezed and sold at auction just as in other crimes.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  8. Valerie

    Morning. CNN seems to be one-sided on SB1070. If people are legally here as a new citizen or with a legal green card, then there is no issue. I invite CNN to visit here and go to the hospitals and ER and see what the illegals do to us that were born here. I invite CNN to find out WHO paid for Oscar's (your a.m. interview that you did) ASU degree... hummmm... I wonder if there were 1000 or more a day of Taliban coming across into Arizona if you all would be reporting this the same way. The federal govt bailed on Arizona again and we're made out to be the bad guys. This isn't true. There is a process to come in legally and many people do this every day! The right way.
    Thank you.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  9. Consistency

    All Americans should carry their papers at all times and must, under pain of imprisonment, surrender them for review when requested by the authorities.

    Oh wait does that sound draconian, unAmerican and illegal? Maybe that's why parts of the Arizona immigration law have been blocked.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  10. Jake Spencer

    What does Mexico do with illegal immigrants? I believe they are treated much more harshly than they are in the U.S. So why do these immigrants feel they deserve to stay in spite of our laws?

    July 29, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  11. Frank

    Let's put up a welcome signs on the border. They will pull your chain (immigration) anytime they want your vote if you let them. What the solution I ask and thats what can be done in agreement.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  12. Ronny

    A judge's decision should be disregarded when it is an anti-American decision.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  13. Pauly

    They came here for several centuries for the same reasons – freedom and hope - and then a Frenchman created a statue that embodied their hopes and dreams. And it embodied America's promise as well. "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free..."

    July 29, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  14. Sorry123456

    I thought carrying a "Green Card" was mandatory for all legal immigrants. Is this no longer the case? Some sort of I.D. would be a small price to pay for becoming an American citizen.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  15. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Tony, (and others). It is you and others like you that I'm defending in my debate blogs posted within todays AmFix blogs. In my opinion, for what it worth, we ALL need hard and deep about the things we say and do. Thanx everyone for the responses. I'll be around.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  16. Ronny

    Being in the military .. or being an legal immigrat does not give one more rights to speak on issues affecting America than the average citizen.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Tony U.S.S. Texas C.G.N.39 Iranian rescue mission .the exspedition's medal the navy and marine sea duty ribbon and small arms ribbon crossed the equator 7 times a full blooded salty .

    July 29, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  18. Ronny

    America hating illegal alien supporters are all for illegal aliens getting a free college education while American children can't afford to go to college.

    Another brillant idea America haters!

    July 29, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  19. Pauly

    A US District Court judge ruled several provisions of AZ's proposed law unconstituional. 'Nuff said!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 8:45 am |
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