Thursday, July 29, 2010

judge blocks; gov appeals; many still protest

Judge Bolton's injunction "does not stop immigrant communities and their supporters from being terrorized in Arizona, it just limits the reasons for which they can be terrorized," according to Colin Bossen's excellent post from Arizona.

Some of the most onerous parts of Arizona's SB1070 law have been temporarily blocked, including the necessity of carrying identification papers at all times, and the requirement of Arizona police to ask the immigration status of all those who have been stopped for other reasons, if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they might be undocumented persons, according to this Arizona Republic article. The injunction allows immigrants to seek work, but it left standing the provision making it illegal to stop to hire such workers, or to transport any undocumented persons.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's office "will file an expedited appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals" today, according to the article.

Over 100 Unitarian Universalists have traveled to Arizona, joining our human cousins in protest of this law--more than any other religious group. I am still in Michigan, but I support all those protesting SB1070, whether in Phoenix, elsewhere in Arizona, or at protests in other cities, around the nation. Todos somos Arizona!


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