Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, in an interview with Fox 11 reporter Delane Cleveland moments after the ruling was issued, called it a "bump in the
'It's a temporary bump in the road' Lawyers for the state contend the law was a constitutionally sound attempt by Arizona — the busiest illegal gateway into the country — to assist federal immigration agents and lessen border woes such as the heavy costs for educating, jailing and providing health care for illegal immigrants.
"It's a temporary bump in the road, we will move forward, and I'm sure that after consultation with our counsel we will appeal," Brewer told the Associated Press. "The bottom line is we've known all along that it is the responsibility of the feds and they haven't done their job so we were going to help them do that."
Key portions blocked
Officers to check immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested
Immigrants to carry legal papers, or “alien-registration papers” at all times
Undocumented workers not allowed to seek work
The ruling came just as police were making last-minute preparations to begin enforcement of the law and protesters were planning large demonstrations to speak out against the measure. At least one group planned to block access to federal offices, daring officers to ask them about their immigration status.
Judge Susan Bolton
Judge Susan Bolton issued her ruling this morning after presiding over three hearings of legal challenges last week.
The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of 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 a part 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. Judge
Bolton put those controversial sections on hold until the courts resolve
Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling and is trumped by federal immigration law.
The judge said Arizona's interest do not "trump" the right of the federal government to manage immigration issues.
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
First reaction to the ruling came from Arizona Attorney General Terry
Goddard, generally expected to be Governor Jan Brewer's opponent in the
November general election in the race for Governor. Goddard said, "Jan
Brewer played politics with immigration, and she lost. Rather than
providing the leadership Arizona needs to solve the immigration problem,
Jan Brewer signed a bill she could not defend in court which has led to
boycotts, jeopardized our tourism industry and polarized our state."
State Senator Russell Pearce of Mesa, who sponsored the legislation in
the Arizona Legislature, told reporters immediately after the ruling
that the state will appeal "immediately".
Traitors applaud Calderon
The law, designed to seek and deport illegal immigrants in a state that is the principal gateway for illegal border crossers, had provoked intense debate from coast to coast, drawing support in several polls but generating boycotts of the state by major civil rights groups and several cities and towns.
It renewed calls for an overhaul of federal immigration law and led to repeated rebukes of it from President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who maintained that immigration policy is under the purview of the
federal government, not individual states. The Mexican government,
joined by seven other Latin American nations, supported one of the
lawsuits against the law; the attorneys general of several states backed