PHOENIX, AZ- At the stroke of midnight a watered down version of Arizona's tough immigration law went into effect. A judge issued a temporary injunction against the heart of the law requiring officers to question the citizenship status of those they suspect could be illegal after coming in contact with them for another infraction. However, they can still ask. Governor Jan Brewer plans to file an appeal against the injuction today.
Here are the portions that Bolton put on hold:
- A requirement that police, while enforcing other laws,
question people's immigration status if officers have reasonable
suspicion they're in the country illegally.
- A requirement that authorities verify the status of all
arrested people before their release from jail.
- A requirement that immigrants obtain or carry immigration
- A ban on illegal immigrants from soliciting work in public
- A provision that allows for warrantless arrests when people
commit crimes that can result in their deportation.
Here are the portions that take effect Thursday:
- A prohibition on state and local government agencies from
restricting the enforcement of federal immigration law. Any
Arizonan can file a lawsuit to challenge agencies that have a
policy of restricting such enforcement.
- A ban on state and local agencies from restricting the sharing
of information on people's immigration status for determining
eligibility of a public benefit, verifying a claim of residence and
determining whether an immigrant has complied with federal
- A new addition to Arizona's nearly 5-year-old ban on immigrant
smuggling that lets officers pull over drivers if officers have
reasonable suspicion they have broken traffic laws.
- A ban on blocking traffic when people seek or offer day-labor
services on streets.
- A prohibition on driving or harboring illegal immigrants in
furtherance of their illegal presence. It also requires impoundment
of vehicles when the driver is furthering the illegal presence of
an illegal immigrant.
- Two additions to a 2007 state law prohibiting employers from
knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Although one change
established an entrapment defense for employers accused of
knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, it opens up the door for
police to use stings to catch violators. The other change requires
employers to retain records of employment eligibility checks that
state law already requires of new hires.
- The creation of a new state fund for the state police's
immigrant squad and for reimbursing county jails for the costs of
incarcerating illegal immigrants.