Yesterday, in the lawsuit brought against Arizona by the Justice Department, US District Judge Susan R. Bolton ruled that several key provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB1070) would interfere with federal law and policy. Her ruling temporarily blocks provisions that would require police to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop, detain or arrest; criminalize failure to apply for or carry alien registration papers; and allow the warrantless arrest of someone who might be subject to deportation. Although the ruling is not final, it is a good indication that the federal government is likely to win the case.
The AAA has already passed a resolution condemning SB1070, calling the law “predatory and unconstitutional.” The association will not hold any scholarly meetings in Arizona, except on Indian reservations, until the law is repealed or struck down.
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