SB 1070: Where the Law Stands Today

Because you've kept up with our coverage of Arizona's SB 1070, we know you're aware that today is the big day: The controversial immigration law that essentially allows state law enforcement to target potential undocumented immigrants went into effect officially at 12:01am. Parts of the law, however, have been blocked thanks to an injunction issued by US District Court Judge Susan Bolten, namely the most disputed portion that required police to stop anyone who presented a "reasonable suspicion" of being in the US illegally.

The injunction also blocked provisions of the law that would force people to carry "alien registration papers"; prohibit immigrants from "soliciting, applying for, or performing work"; and "authorize the warrantless arrest of a person if there is reason to believe that person might be subject to deportation."

Some Arizona officials, like Senator Russell Pearce who actually wrote the law, is certain that the state will win on appeal. "I got news for the anarchists," Senator Pearce told CNN. "Our laws will be enforced."

In the meantime, what's actually going down in the books today, after those blocks? Laws-to-be include one that will ban "sanctuary cities" ("cities with laws or policies that render them relatively safe for undocumented immigrants") and one that makes hiring illegally present day-laborers a crime.

Most who are closely watching the developments in AZ expect the case to head all the way up to the Supreme Court. "This fight is far from over," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said in a statement. "In fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens."

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