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BREAKING: Judge Blocks Part of Arizona Law

A federal judge has blocked the most controversial aspects of a new Arizona immigration law that had been scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.

The preliminary ruling by Judge Susan R. Bolton of the U.S. District Court in Arizona enjoins the meatiest parts of the bill, putting their enactment on hold while the issue is slugged out in the courts.

The court blocked sections of SB1070 that would: require police to make “reasonable attempts” to determine the immigration status of persons stopped under suspicion of a crime; authorize police to arrest persons under probable cause that they have committed infractions that could lead to deportation; make it a crime for aliens not to carry immigration papers; make it a crime for an illegal aliens to apply for work.

The parts of the bill not enjoined by the ruling  include fairly anodyne provisions that make it easier for Arizona citizens and officials to help enforce federal immigration law, along with amendments to criminal statutes dealing with a number of other immigration-related crimes.

Legal Insurrection has the ruling here.

UPDATE: Downloadable PDF here.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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