July 29th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Parts of controversial Arizona immigration law take effect

CNN Wire Staff

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Parts of an Arizona immigration law take effect Thursday after a federal judge blocked several of its most controversial aspects.

The preliminary injunction, issued Wednesday, means that, at least for now, police are prevented from questioning people's immigration status if there is reason to believe they are in the country illegally.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also blocked provisions of the law making it a crime for people to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers or "for an unauthorized alien to solicit, apply for, or perform work," as well as a provision "authorizing the warrant-less arrest of a person" if there is reason to believe that person might be subject to deportation.

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  1. charly

    ofcourse this law is a racial thing cause their going after all mexican looking people they're not gonna stop blondes or africanamerican or asian. anyways thing is what if this law works and there is no more illegals in arizona, what about other hispanics that are legal? if they get stop every single day maybe twice or more times a day can they sue the sherif's department for harrasment and if they do is it worth it because if the sheriff has been abusing the human rights of everyone and no body does nothig what's the use

    July 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  2. K S Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    Well said, Jim 😉

    July 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  3. Louisa Voisine

    The movie "A Day Without A Mexican" was released quite a few years ago and was entertaining at the time.
    When I think back at what I saw in the film it is rather profound in this day and age.
    I searched for it this morning after seeing your piece on farm laborers (grapes) and found the film on amazon.com.
    I think it is a great reminder about what our lives would be like without immigrants throughout the years.
    We tend to forget that ever since Ellis Island having immigrants do labor work entitled many Americans to have better advantages at success because of the strong backbone of an immigrant.
    I'm not saying it is ok to be here ilegally the law is the law but I recommend people watch this film and think about the effect immigrants have on each of us on a personal level.

    Work hard and have a beautiful day.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Jim

    Since the Judge feels it is the Federal Governments Responsibility Then How about a COURT ORDER that the FEDERAL Government DO ITS JOB & ENFORCE THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |