Arizona anti-immigrant law put on hold

ARIZONA ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW PUT ON HOLD…. Today’s the day that Arizona’s odious S.B. 1070 — the notorious anti-immigrant law — takes effect, but thanks to a court order today, the most problematic provisions of the law are now on hold. The Associated Press reports this afternoon:

A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of 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 a part 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.

Until the court resolves the legality of these issues, the provisions will not take effect.

Lawyers for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will no doubt appeal, and the New York Times noted that “legal experts predict the case is bound for the United States Supreme Court.”

Update: CNN posted the entire ruling here (pdf).

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.