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SB 1070: Two More Sections Enjoined by Judge Susan R. Bolton

With oral arguments scheduled to take place April 25 before the U.S. Supreme Court on Arizona's breathing-while-brown statute Senate Bill 1070, Arizona District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton today enjoined two sections of the law she had not previously put on hold in 2010, when she stymied the most egregious parts of 1070.

The sections enjoined today were targeted at day laborers, also known as jornaleros. Section 5a prevented a driver from stopping to pick up passengers "for work at a different location," if the driver's vehicle impeded "the normal movement of traffic," and section 5b would have made it illegal for that passenger to get into such a vehicle.

Bolton had previously blocked the enforcement of section 5c of the law in July of 2010, along with other sections. Section 5c essentially outlawed day laborers by making it illegal for someone in the United States unlawfully to solicit work in a public place.

At that time, the judge found that 5c conflicted with federal law regulating the employment of aliens. This, in United States vs. State of Arizona, the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit to block 1070. That's the same case to be heard by the Supremes.

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