A federal judge today blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking
effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown. The overall law will still take effect tomorrow, but without the provisions that angered opponents including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.
District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that those sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law, many of them procedural and slight revisions to existing Arizona immigraiton statute, will go into effect after midnight.
Don't forget AIR TALK will be broadcasting live from Arizona starting at 10 tomorrow morning, along with reporter Adolfo Guzman Lopez and KPCC blogger Leslie Berestein Rojas.