Arizona immigration law will only partially go into effect Thursday

Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070, will go into effect tomorrow but without some of its most controversial provisions. Judge Susan Bolton placed a hold on sections, for example, that require officers to check resident status while enforcing other laws and that require immigrants to carry residency documents at all times. The AP has more details:

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… that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times and that 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.”

Those sections could still go into effect down the road. Other provisions of the law will go into effect just after midnight tonight.

So far nothing about the law or the ruling on the twitter feed of newly announced American Constitutional Party candidate for governor and illegal immigration icon of the right Tom Tancredo. About three hours ago he posted a campaign plea:

“Don’t forget to check out the Tancredo 4 Gov ’10 FB fan page.”

Yesterday, according to reports, the Tank visited the secretary of state’s office to file an affidavit of candidacy. He has spoke and hosted at events in support of the Arizona law in Arizona and in Colorado since SB 1070 was passed.

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