A federal judge has blocked many of the toughest provisions in Arizona’s new immigration law. Washington lawmakers wasted no time responding.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton put a hold on several parts of the law: Arizona cops will not be required to check a person’s legal residence, and immigrants won’t have to carry ID papers with them at all times. Also on hold are restrictions aimed at day laborers that make it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit jobs in public places.
California Congressman Brian Bilbray says it's "too bad that she didn't give a chance to be able to see exactly how enforcement works."
Bilbray of San Diego heads the House Immigration Reform Caucus. He says that much of the Arizona law reflects what’s already in place on the federal level.
"It's just frustrating that a judge would not even take the time to see how the law's enforced before taking shots at it." He suspects that Arizona will reinstate many elements of the law upon further legal review.
Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu calls the law "ill-advised."
Chu of El Monte sits on the House Immigration Subcommittee. She says that only one entity — the federal government — has authority over the nation’s immigration laws. "It reflects the problem that we have in this country, which is that we have just a patchwork bunch of laws."
Both members agree that it’s time for Congress to work on a compromise immigration measure. That’s unlikely to happen before an appeals court reviews Arizona’s law. The last time that Congress tackled comprehensive immigration reform, Ronald Reagan was in the White House.