Arizona Immigration Laws Partially Overturned by Federal Judge

While many residents of the Grand Canyon state continue to stand by its stringent immigration laws, a federal judge Susan Bolton has deemed some aspects of Arizona’s rules to be unlawful, and in violation of the First Amendment.

The biggest victory in the judge’s rulings comes for day laborers. According to The Associated Press, individuals in the state can once again stop traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work. Judge Bolton stated that this portion of the law was in direct violation of First Amendment Rights: The right to free speech and expression, regardless of one’s immigration forms or citizenship status.

Immigration advocates believe the measure is a clear sign that Judge Bolton saw through the safety claims of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who stated that this part of the ruling was put in place for public safety, and saw that the law was put in place to seek out undocumented workers who will often gather in parking lots and along curbsides to better their chances of getting work for the day.

“There are clear laws now that allow any cop to unclog (the streets) well before they had this law,” said Dan Pochoda, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, to the AP.

Arizona’s SB 1070 will be evaluated by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25, something that Brewer is looking forward to.

“This ruling provides yet another reason why I look forward to the Supreme Court providing guidance on the constitutionality of SB 1070. I am confident that, when the case reaches the High Court in April, the constitutionality of SB 1070 will be affirmed,” Brewer said in an official statement.