It must be a slow news cycle. Or 4 days out, the drum beating midterm election tom-toms have grown tiresome.
But in a glimpse of the blinding obvious, The Arizona Republic proclaimed in a front page headline news story this morning that “The nation’s toughest immigration law. . . is a shadow of its original self.”
The news story, SB 1070 law hasn’t lived up to reputation, reports that there have been no arrests, citations, or citizens suing officials or agencies over non enforcement. Of course, since a federal judge pretty much disemboweled the state’s anti-illegal immigration law the day before its July 29, 2010 implementation, what did anyone expect?
In her 37 page decision, which can be read here, Judge Susan Bolton put on hold the law’s key provisions, which as reported by the Associated Press back on July 28th were:
- The requirement for police to check the immigration status of any person they reasonably suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
- The requirement for immigrants to carry proof of their immigration status on them at all times.
- The section of the law that forbade undocumented workers from looking for work in public places.
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=susan+bolton&iid=9446206″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9446206/people-march-protest/people-march-protest.jpg?size=500&imageId=9446206″ width=”234″ height=”165″ /]But really, the more interesting news is the Notice to Media from the 9th Circuit and that’s that on All Saints Day, Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9 am Pacific Time, CSPAN will broadcast live oral arguments from the 9th Circuit on Arizona’s appeal of Judge Bolton’s Order.
The following day is All Souls Day, which is well-known among Mexicans as el “Dia de los Muertos,” a day to honor and celebrate dearly departed family and friends. But not to put too fine a point on coincidence, it will be too early on November 2nd to celebrate any positive outcomes for a community that increasingly feels beleaguered. This week, for example, a Pew Research Study, reported that 1 in 6 Hispanics view discrimination as “a serious problem.” See Survey: Discrimination fears are up for Latinos.