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By Randy Economy
July 27, 2010
Well, the controversy over Arizona's new tough immigration law has hit a huge snag, 24 hours before it goes into effect.
A federal judge has blocked the most controversial parts of the new Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
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.
"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."
The law was signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April and immediately revived the national debate on immigration, making it a hot-button issue in the midterm elections.
The law has inspired rallies in Arizona and elsewhere by advocates on both sides of the immigration debate. Some opponents have advocated a tourism boycott of Arizona.
Judge Bolton also blocked parts of the bill required immigrants to carry their papers at all times and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public place