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Federal judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law – CNN.com.

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — With scant hours to go before a controversial Arizona immigration law goes into effect, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the implementation of parts of the law.

There are seven lawsuits seeking to block its implementation. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made her ruling on a lawsuit filed by the federal government.

The law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them. It is to go into effect Thursday.

Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling, which is illegal.

Supporters point out that the law prohibits racial profiling and people cannot be stopped and asked for proof of legal residence based solely on their looks.

In addition to the U.S. Justice Department, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy, the Christian Leaders League of United Latin American Citizens and other individuals or groups have asked the judge to halt the law, commonly known as SB 1070. Bolton heard arguments in the case last week from the Justice Department and the ACLU.

The separate hearings were held in Phoenix, where Bolton sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Bolton’s courtroom was packed during the two July 22 hearings and protesters chanted outside throughout the afternoon.

Seven protesters were arrested on civil disobedience charges, according to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

The legal arguments revolved around a range of issues, including racial profiling, effective enforcement and possible harm to Arizona’s citizens.

Attorneys from the Obama administration presented their case at the second hearing. The administration’s challenge contends Arizona’s law would usurp federal supremacy on immigration.

Brewer attended the hearing.

Arizona has argued that the federal government has not done a good job of securing the border.

“A law unenforced is no law at all,” said state attorney John Bouma.

The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups argued earlier in the day that the controversial law amounts to racial profiling and will have a profound effect if it goes into effect.

“It treats people of color as suspects first, rather than citizens,” attorney Karen Tumlin said after the hearing.

Bouma said the law would not treat people unfairly.

“These are hypothetical arguments. Local police are enforcing immigration laws all over the country,” he told Bolton.

Those in favor of the law say SB 1070 is consistent with federal law. They say the law explicitly prohibits racial profiling and they are challenging the legal standing of many of the groups opposed.

They also contend opponents of the law have not been able to show there will be any harm from its implementation.

During the first hearing, Bolton said the law has a section allowing parts to still take effect even if other parts are struck down, according to CNN affiliate KNXV.

Tumlin, managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, and other lawyers and foes of SB 1070 repeated assertions that Arizona’s law should be rejected.

“We are here to defend the rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves,” said Terri Leon, CEO of the Friendly House, which supports the legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Bolton heard a challenge to SB 1070 by an Arizona police officer the previous week.

FOR THE FULL RELEASED TEXT OF WHAT THEY ARE BLOCKING: http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/28/azruling.pdf?hpt=T1

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Immigration detention – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the United States, a similar practice began in the early 1980s with Haitians and Cubans detained at Guantanamo Bay, and other groups such as Chinese in jails and detention centres on the mainland. The practice was made mandatory by legislation passed in 1996 in response to the Oklahoma City bombing, and has come under criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, all of whom have released major studies of the subject, and the ACLU [13] About 31,000 non-citizens are held in immigration detention on any given day,[14] including children, in over 200 detention centres, jails, and prisons nationwide.

One of the most recent facilities to open is the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, which opened in 2006 specifically to house non-criminal families. There are other significant facilities in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Oakdale, Louisiana, Florence, Arizona, Miami, Florida, Seattle, York, Pennsylvania, Batavia, New York, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and all along the TexasMexico border.

About 104 [15] mostly young individuals have died in detention of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or shortly afterwards during the five years between 2003 to 2008, and medical neglect may have contributed to 30 of those deaths.[16] On August 6, 2008, 34 year old New Yorker Hiu Lui Ng died in the detention of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[17] The editors of The New York Times condemned the death and urged that the system must be fixed.[18] The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stated that the number of deaths per capita in detention is dramatically lower for ICE detainees than for U.S. prison and jail populations, that they provide “the best possible healthcare” and that the nation as a whole is “experiencing severe shortages of qualified health professionals”[19] In May 2008 Congress began considering a bill to set new standards for immigrant detainee healthcare.[19]

Children are held in these detention facilities?  Well, that pretty much tells us how much compassion ICE has behind a major factor in our economy.

It comes as no surprise to me that there have been health related issues in these facilities.  Not even actual legalized American citizens can get proper health care… what makes us think that these people would be treated any better?  Is it not better to focus on education and implementing the 12,000,000+ illegal immigrants into our society, that which they are already contributing?  Would it not be better to stop spending money on these types of facilities, and focus on comprehensive programs that will empower people to speak and think freely in America?


Meg Whitman is the Republican Nominee for Governor of California

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who recently campaigned with GOP former Gov. Pete Wilson as being “tough as nails” on illegal immigration, could alienate her crucial conservative base, some party members say, by declaring she’s in lockstep on the issue with her rival: former Gov. Jerry Brown.

In an opinion piece published this week in a Spanish-language publication in Southern California, Whitman wrote that there is “very little” that she disagrees with Brown on concerning the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.

While both agree that undocumented immigrants should not be allowed to get amnesty or obtain driver’s licenses, Brown’s camp says they disagree on key issues, including whether to give illegal immigrants a path to legalization, which Brown supports.

via Whitman stance on illegal immigrants riles GOP.

Wow, you’re telling me that the person who needs support to gain office is going to change their views to gain votes?  Obviously.  Just in 2009, Whitman was toting that illegal immigrants should be ousted, and that the states should follow the law 100% to that of the federal government.

I don’t believe in your bullshit games Ex-Ebay!  You’ll be running the state of California, how do you REALLY plan to handle immigration in our state?  I’m waiting… you only have a few precious months to influence me… or not.