ARIZONA’S TOUGH IMMIGRATION LAW Phoenix, AZ / Bilingual Weekly
Just before SB 1070 —Arizona’s tough new immigration law— was to take effect, a federal judge’s temporary injunction blocked the implementation of some its key elements.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton placed a hold on the provision that criminalizes the act of soliciting work by an undocumented laborer, the need of carrying immigration papers at all times, and the authority of non-federal police to detain suspected illegal immigrants without a warrant.
A temporary injunction is a court order prohibiting an action until there has been a trial or other court action. The purpose is to maintain the status quo and prevent irreparable damage or change before the legal questions are determined.
Still, and from Thursday July 29, 2010, in Arizona is illegal to pick up, transport, give a ride or harbor a person who is illegally in the country. The vehicle used for such a purpose can be impounded.
Meanwhile, Bolton and U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva —a vocal opponent to SB1070— have received numerous death threats after the ruling. Actually, Grijalva closed two district offices after someone shot at one of them.