[Guest post by DRJ]
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton held hearings today on two legal challenges to Arizona’s immigration law set to take effect July 29th, including a morning hearing involving claims by the ACLU and other groups and an afternoon hearing on a Justice Department claim. This Azcentral.com report (the online version of The Arizona Republic) indicates Judge Bolton provided some insight as to how she will rule:
“She didn’t issue a ruling, and it is unknown when she will. But the clock is ticking toward next Thursday, when the law goes into effect.
Bolton did make one thing clear: She has no intention of invalidating the entire law but is considering halting the enactment of a handful of its 14 sections.”
The article discusses portions of today’s arguments regarding SB1070 Section 2, which involves enforcement and arrest; Section 3, documentation; and Section 6, removable offenses.