U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s decision to block key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration-enforcement law throws more turmoil into an already tumultuous legal and political controversy, says the Arizona Republic. Police struggled to figure out how they should enforce portions of the law that were not blocked by Bolton’s ruling in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Gov. Jan Brewer and her attorneys debated whether to fight the preliminary injunction before deciding to appeal amid speculation that the case may wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. Demonstrators for and against the statute discussed whether to proceed with statewide protests, including plans for civil disobedience. Illegal immigrants, many of them hunkered down or contemplating an exodus from the state, remained in limbo. Everyone awaited further rulings from Bolton, who has yet to deal with motions in six additional lawsuits filed by the ACLU, other activist groups and police officers. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that he is going ahead with “crime suppression” sweeps today and that the federal injunction will have virtually no impact on his deputies.