Arizona News Roundup

BY: LALO ALCARAZ

En Español

Just hours before Arizona’s new immigration law was set to go into effect, a U.S. district judge put a hold on the most controversial sections, including one that required police officers to determine the immigration status of every person they arrested.

Judge Susan Bolton said the district courts will have to resolve the issues before the injunction is lifted, but Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer has already disclosed plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals. In that case the decision could end up in the appeals court here in San Francisco, which would then consider whether to let the full law go into effect or hear arguments from both sides.

Any decision is likely to be appealed until it reaches the Supreme Court. For now, however, immigrants will not be forced to carry their papers and undocumented immigrants will not be banned from soliciting employment in public places.

The LA Times gave us a list that breaks down which portions of the law were blocked by Bolton and which take effect today; those that go into effect include a ban on blocking traffic when seeking day-labor services on streets.

Watch immigration law experts debate the next legal steps for Arizona on the PBS NewsHour.

Some say the damage has already been done. Here faith leaders explain why the ruling is bittersweet, as families have already begun to move out.

And so the protests continue. In this video you’ll hear Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio describe his plans for the protesters.

There have been protests against the law around the nation. In the Mission District, a demonstration is scheduled for this evening at 5:30 near 24th Street and Mission. In New York, a big rally is planned for Friday outside Citi Field, when baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks play the Mets. “We’re not against Major League Baseball or the Diamondbacks,” said Julio Pabon of the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association, one of the rally’s organizers. “But the Diamondbacks are ambassadors of their state.” Read more

Just how much has the boycott affected Arizona? Apparently not at all. Early data from hotels and resorts in metropolitan Phoenix shows little evidence of any short-term impact. Hotel occupancy was up 6.5 percent in May and 10.6 percent in June from a year earlier, outpacing national gains, according to Smith Travel Research. Read the full story on AZcentral.com.

Want more? See the official U.S. District Court documents for yourself. Here are 36 pages of the decision to enjoin Arizona Immigration Law.

For the less nerdy, a commentary by political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz. He’ll be at Galeria de La Raza on 24th Street tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss this cartoon and more.

BY: LALO ALCARAZ


One Comment

  1. Montana

    “House Bill 2013” and “SB1070”

    0 = Arizona
    2 = USA/ Our Constitution/ We the People of the United States

    This month of July 2010, our U.S. Federal courts have found the so called State of Arizona hate filled legislation namely “House Bill 2013” and “SB1070” Un-constitution (So much for the intellect of Jan Brewer, “Did you read the bills you signed?”). But we all know that they will go crying to the Supreme Court of the United States, please, please, please go. We will fight you in Arizona, any other state, and yes in Washington DC. We will not tire, we will not be silent and we will persevere, I promise you. We are a country that is ruled by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, not by the majority of the day. When you do not know the principles in these documents, therein lays the problem in losing when you are challenged in court.

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme of clans; the Baggers, Birthers and Blowhards (people who love to push their beliefs and hate on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win in November. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    It’s all about politics: Jan Brewer you were never elected to be Governor, but you have no problem trying to get elected on the back of undocumented workers, you loser (sure you may win but the long-term effects to your so called State is just beginning). Here is a partial list of your hate filled legislation;

    1. S.B. 1070,
    2. House Bill 2013
    3. No permit conceal weapons law,
    4. The famous Birthers law,
    5. Banning Ethnic studies law,

    6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,
    7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,

    8. If she can read she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),
    9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don’t want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.

    Well Arizona, you can keep boycotting new holidays, passing hate filled legislation and the rest of our country will continue to challenge you in court of law and Boycott your so-called state.

    Lets face it, no one can real believe anything that comes out of Brewer’s mouth, in an interview, this year, in an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right!

    As they say in the World Cup: Gooooooooal!

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