Judge Susan Bolton blocked key parts of Arizona’s SB 1070
US District Judge Susan Bolton issued a temporary injunction that halted important parts of SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law, that would have required police to check the immigration status of any person they suspected of becoming an illegal resident.
A federal judge in Phoenix issued a temporary injunction Wednesday blocking implementation with the toughest portions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, known as SB 1070, but the judge permitted other sections of the state statute to stand.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton agreed to block the section of the law that needed nearby and state law enforcement officials to examine the immigration standing of those they suspected had been illegal immigrants.
That was the provision that critics mentioned would cause racial profiling.
Judge Bolton’s decision is definitely an important victory for the Obama administration in the face of a rising tide of concern amongst a number of states that the federal government isn’t effectively enforcing immigration law or effectively guarding US borders.
Five states have released legislation comparable to Arizona’s law, and 20 others are reportedly contemplating it.
The ruling adds fuel to an previously heated national debate more than US immigration policy and sets the stage for much more rounds of litigation inside a situation that could at some point make its method to the US Supreme Court.
In her ruling, Bolton also blocked a portion with the law that necessary state officials to examine the immigration status of anybody in custody in Arizona before they were released from jail.