A crowd of about 200 opponents of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law has been braving the afternoon heat outside the state capitol in Phoenix, gathered to celebrate a federal judge's decision this morning to block some of the more controversial components of the law, which would have empowered local police to check for immigration status.
The mood was celebratory, but only tentatively so. "The law is not completely gone," said Marta Delgado, a 45-year-old Phoenix hairdresser and legal resident. "The battle is just beginning."
The ruling allows some sections of the law to go forward, and a state appeal is planned. A series of rallies and other events are planned for tomorrow.