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Judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law

Our sister paper in Phoenix, the Arizona Capitol Times, has been following the controversy over that state’s new immigration law. A federal judge considering the government’s challenge to the Arizona law ruled this morning. ACT Editor Matt Bunk filed this breaking news report:

Federal judge strikes down major parts of S1070

PHOENIX–A U.S. District judge has temporarily blocked major portions of Arizona’s new immigration law, while allowing other parts of it to take effect tomorrow.

Judge Susan Bolton said the federal government is likely to succeed in arguing that federal immigration law would preempt portions of the state law that require an officer to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is unlawfully present in the U.S. and that require verification of immigration status of any person arrested prior to releasing them from custody.

For the rest of the story and a copy of Bolton’s order, click here.

- Paul Fletcher

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