In a last-minute ruling on Wednesday, a Federal judge in Arizona struck down parts of the controversial immigration law—which was to take full effect the next day—sending policy advocates and commentators abuzz.
The ruling, which stops law enforcement officers from asking individuals for identification and blocks the requirement for non-United States citizens to carry their documents with them at all times, was praised by Latino Policy Coalition and United Steelworkers.
The former called it “a major blow to the fanatic fringe that supports racial profiling of Latinos,” as well as a victory “for everyone who has faith in the U.S. Constitution.”
However, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch said his organization was disappointed with the decision. He also vowed to support the bill’s author, State Senator Russell Pearce, in defending the law in the courts.
Fitton furthermore stressed that “The Obama administration is oblivious to the lawlessness and danger to the public safety caused by its failure to secure the borders and enforce the law.”
Meanwhile, The Federation for American Immigration Reform—which has supported SB 1070—has chosen to look on the bright side. Its representatives said that although several provisions were struck down, some of the important ones remained. They stressed that Judge Bolton’s ruling rejected the administration’s claim that immigration enforcement is solely a Federal matter.