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.