Controversial Immigration Law Goes into Effect in Arizona


A judge struck a mighty blow to Arizona's immigration law, which was the toughest in the country. A watered down version of the law still went into effect at a minute after midnight Thursday.

Opponents of Arizona's immigration law had their prayers answered. The measure went into effect Thursday morning, but it does not include the most controversial provisions.

"I'm really happy because that means that they're going to take the time to see what is just and what isn't," says Liz Canales.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton removed key portions of the law ruling that they bleed into federal responsibilities.

They include requiring a police officer to determine the immigration status of people they've detained for another reason but suspect are in the country illegally. She also blocked the section requiring immigrants to always carry their papers and the part that makes it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

The decision prompted this show of support on a 200 foot high crane in phoenix.

"It is far from over, but at least our expectation at this time, for the time-being, is very positive," says Manuel Martinez.

Terrell Brown reports, "The decision is certainly a positive development for the Obama Administration. The justice department had filed suit against the law, and now the appeals process could last months or even years, perhaps even leading all the way to the Supreme Court."

It's not what the majority of Arizona residents want. A recent poll showed 65 percent of those who live in the state support the new law.

"The strain on the economy by all people who are here getting services who aren't paying for services [is] kind of a strain," says Chris Langwell.

A spokesman for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says the state will file an appeal Thursday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court asking for the injunction to be lifted.

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