On the day that Arizona’s scaled-down immigration law went into effect, at least 50 protesters were arrested yesterday during numerous acts of civil disobedience, and some temporarily delayed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s latest crime sweep that opponents say was designed to arrest illegal immigrants, the Arizona Republic reports.
The law makes it a state crime to be in the U.S.. It states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person’s legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is in the U.S. illegally. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton issued an injunction against those provisions along with one criminalizing the conduct of illegal immigrants who seek or perform work. Arizona has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to lift the injunction.