Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Anti-Immigrant Workplace Raids Enjoined by Federal Court

In yet another blow to Arizona's state-imposed system of terror targeting the undocumented, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell on Monday enjoined both Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Sheriff Joe Arpaio from enforcing two identity theft statutes that underpinned Arpaio's infamous worksite raids.

Campbell, a conservative judge nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, found that the Arizona laws passed in 2007 and 2008 were preempted by a federal immigration system regulating the employment of unauthorized aliens.

These two Arizona statutes improperly targeted the use of fraudulent ID by the undocumented to gain employment, according to Campbell, a situation already addressed by federal law.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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