The judge who initially blocked key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law in 2010 is weighing part of the law once more, this time deciding if and when a provision that allows local cops to check for immigration status goes into effect.
Earlier this month,Â the U.S.Â Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially returned the SB 1070 case to U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton, the Phoenix judge whoÂ issued a temporary injunctionÂ in July 2010 blocking parts of the law that included the controversial Section 2(B). That is the section that allows local police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop or detain if there is â??reasonable suspicionâ? the person is in the country illegally.
Section 2(B)Â was upheldÂ in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down three other contested provisions. Section 2(B) survived with the caveat that there could be future legal challenges once implemented. Since then, a coalition of advocacy, civil rights and other groups has renewedÂ its legal challengeÂ to SB 1070 on racial profiling grounds, asking for new injunction blocking Section 2(B).
Bolton weighed the SB 1070 case again today, the Arizona Daily Star reported, although there's no word on when she may issue a ruling. From the story: