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Judge Bolton, in her ruling, said that some parts of the law can go into effect as scheduled on Thursday. But she decided against parts of the law that have caused the most controversy: police checking a person’s immigration status while enforcing another law and requiring immigrants to carry identification papers at all times. She said: “Preserving the status quo through a preliminary injunction is less harmful than allowing state laws that are likely pre-empted by federal law to be enforced.” She also said in her decision: “There is substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.”
Gov. Brewer, in a statement responding to the ruling, said “I am disappointed by Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling. This fight is far from over. In fact, it is just beginning…Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens,” the New York Times Reported.
“I have consulted with my legal counsel about our next steeps. We will take a close look at every single element Judge Bolton removed from the law, and we will soon file an expedited appeal to the United Stated Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.”
Russell Peace, chief sponsor of the law, said he was confident that the parts of the law blocked by Judge Bolton “will survive on appeal.” Legal experts, said the Times, predict the case is bound for the Supreme Court.
The Arizona law came in the trail of economic suffering and a number of high-profile crimes blamed on illegal immigrants and smuggling. The ignorance and misguided prejudices that have flared, particularly from liberals across the county, have demonstrated the ideological split that divides the nation. The “mainstream media” unfortunately has stoked the fires of prejudice and false knowledge about the wording of the law.
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