U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of Phoenix today blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown, reports the Associated Press. The law takes effect tomorrow without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.
Bolton put on hold 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. “There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law),” Bolton said. “By enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a ‘distinct, unusual and extraordinary’ burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.”