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What's Left of AZ Immigration Law Takes Effect; MI Voters Rally in Opposition

July 29, 2010

LANSING, Mich. - Arizona's new immigration law goes into effect today, but not at full strength. On Wednesday, a judge blocked some of the most contentious sections of SB 10-70.

Despite the apparent victory for opponents of the law, events are still planned across Michigan protesting the law as it takes effect. Ryan Bates, a spokesman for Reform Immigration for America, says the events are intended to show that the immigration discussion should be on the national agenda, not state-by-state.

"If not, we're going to see more states roll out Arizona-like laws. We've already seen it very likely taking effect in Oklahoma and in Utah, and it has been introduced here in Michigan. This is more about election-year politics than it is about actually addressing this very serious issue."

Events are planned in many states today, including a candidates' forum and voter-registration drive in Michigan.

According to Art Reyes, with the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs, an Arizona-style law would raise public safety and civil rights concerns. He also says it would be bad for the state's economy.

"Something like this is very, very unwelcoming to new immigrant communities, to new investment coming into the state of Michigan in order to produce new economic growth. That's something that is gravely concerning to many communities across the state."

On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court judge blocked provisions in the Arizona law that require police to determine the immigration status of a person detained or arrested, and provisions that require immigrants to carry paperwork. The judge also denied a part of the law that makes it a crime to seek work in public places. Arizona officials plan to appeal the court's decision.


Amy Miller/Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MI