Yesterday, federal district court Judge Susan Bolton ruled on the United States Department of Justice’s motion for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of Arizona’s SB 1070. Her 36-page opinion largely grants the injunction against the bill’s most noxious elements: Sections 2b, 5c, & 6 of the law.
The following sections have been temporarily enjoined:
- Reasonable Suspicion – requires police to verify someone’s documentation status based on “reasonable suspicion.”
- Papers – makes it a crime to fail to apply for or carry registration papers.
- Seeking employment – makes it a crime for undocumented people to solicit, apply for, or perform any work.
However, the following sections of the law were not enjoined and went into effect today
- Limitations of Enforcement – Preventing cities and agencies from limiting enforcement of federal, requiring collaboration with federal authorities, and allowing any resident to sue any agency that adopts a policy that limits enforcement of federal immigration laws.
- Day Laborers – Makes picking up a day laborer or entering a car as a day laborer in a way that impedes traffic into a crime.
- Transport & Harboring – Makes it a crime to transport or harbor anyone unlawfully in the U.S. and empowers police to impound vehicles of anyone charged with doing so.
- Gang & Immigration – Creates a fund for “gang and immigration intelligence team enforcement.” No profiling here, for sure.
The Arizona Governor has indicated that the State will file an appeal with the Ninth Circuit.