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. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.
The Arizona law prompted at least seven lawsuits against the state and nationwide actions from immigrant rights groups.
In South Florida the Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights will deliver a letter to Attorney General Bill McCollum’s office on Thursday, “to voice our opposition to the use of the office of Attorney General to criminalize Florida’s vibrant immigrant communities and communities of color.”