Judge Susan Bolton; Rules Arizona Can Begin Enforcement of Immigration Law – Rejects ‘Racial Profiling’ Claims
Judge mulls Arizona immigration law
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/22/10 5:22 PM EDT; Updated: 7/23/10 6:51 AM EDT
PHOENIX— A federal judge is considering taking a scalpel to Arizona’s new state immigration-enforcement law, carving out certain provisions of the controversial measure while allowing other parts of the legislation to take effect as scheduled next week. In back-to-back hearings Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton seemed doubtful about at least three different aspects of the law, commonly known as S.B. 1070. She questioned Arizona’s lawyer about whether those parts of the law could pass Constitutional muster, and wondered whether allowing it to be implemented would “result in the arrest of tens of thousands of people” and their indefinite detention while awaiting the results of federal immigration checks.