A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.
The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without 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 parts 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. [...]
"There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law)," Bolton ruled. "By enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a 'distinct, unusual and extraordinary' burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose."
Honestly, I don't know how this illegal and unconstitutional "law" can survive through the higher courts. How can US citizens be subjected to the kinds of privacy invasion mandated by Arizona's SB 1070? Hell, how can anyone? Ever hear of something called the Fourth Amendment? (Hint: unreasonable search & seizure)
Still, there's no guarantee as to what might happen next, so I'll keep monitoring the tense situation next door. But for now, I'm glad to see justice prevailing for once and people's Constitutional rights not being trampled upon for the sake of petty politicking.