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BY Sean Alfano
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Friday, July 23rd 2010, 8:40 AM
Franklin/APDemonstrators block the street to protest
Arizona anti-illegal immigration law in front of U.S.
District Court July 22, 2010, in Phoenix.
Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law
is here to stay, at least in some form, a federal judge
said Thursday in Phoenix.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who is presiding
over the federal government's lawsuit against
Arizona over the legislation, said she has no
intention of blocking the entire law, though she did
not deliver a ruling on the closely watched case.
Bolton did, however, say parts of the 14 sections
the law could be removed, the Arizona Republic
Arizona's law, Senate Bill 1070, gives police the
ability to question a suspect's immigration status if
there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in
the U.S. illegally.
The state's governor, Jan Brewer, signed the law in
April and it is scheduled to take effect July 29.
There is no indication whether Bolton will issue a
ruling before next Thursday.
In a jam-packed courthouse, Bolton pressed the
Justice Department's attorney, Edwin Kneedler, to
explain why the state could not enforce its own,
strict laws on illegal immigration.
"Why can't Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish
to people who have entered the United States
illegally?" Bolton, an appointee of President Bill
The judge also spent time pointing out the realities
Arizona faces on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"You can barely go a day without a location being
found in Phoenix where there are numerous people
being harbored," she said. "Who am I to stop the
state of Arizona?"
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