Just a day before it was to take effect, a federal judge blocked a key provision of Arizona's new immigration law which would require police to verify the citizenship of people they stop and believe to be in the country illegally.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that the law would have hamstrung the government's efforts to enforce the law. Citing overwhelming public support for the provision and the failure of the federal government to enforce the law thus far, Congressman Jack Kingston has called for the ruling to be immediately overturned.
"The federal government has once again failed the people of Arizona," said Kingston. "For years the feds failed to enforce the law and now it's blocking a state from doing it. The idea that these provisions would impact the government's enforcement of the law would imply that it is even trying to enforce the law in the first place. This is an activist ruling and should be overturned."
The ruling also delayed parts of the law that would require immigrations to carry legal identification at all times and which made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places. In addition, the judge blocked warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.
Despite widespread public support the Obama Administration brought the suit to court. According to Rasmussen Reports, two-thirds, or 66%, of Arizonans support the measure while 61% of Americans nationwide would like to see a similar law in their state.