State tries to stop SB 1070 foes


Asks judge to reject effort to block ‘papers, please’ part of law

Attorneys for the state asked a federal judge late Friday to reject a new bid to block a key provision of SB 1070 from taking effect.

In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court, lawyers for the state said claims by foes of the law that it will necessarily result in racial profiling are “entirely speculative.” And John Bouma, the lead attorney for Arizona, pointed out the statute itself “expressly prohibits racial profiling.”

It will be up to Judge Susan Bolton to decide whether what opponents have dubbed the “papers please” provision of the 2010 law aimed at illegal immigrants can take effect.

She is under a deadline of sorts.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Bolton improperly granted an injunction in 2010 against the same provision even before the law took effect.

But that injunction remains in place until Bolton acts on lifting it. In the meantime, opponents are hoping to get a new bar to the law.


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