Leg­is­la­ture may tweak Ari­zona im­mi­gra­tion law, Gov. Brewer says

Austin American-Statesman - - SATURDAY BRIEFING -

PHOENIX — Ari­zona Gov. Jan Brewer said on Fri­day that the Leg­is­la­ture may “tweak” SB 1070 when it con­venes in Jan­uary to ad­dress a fed­eral judge’s con­cerns about the im­mi­gra­tion law.

For ex­am­ple, U.S. District Judge Su­san Bolton had sin­gled out a pro­vi­sion re­quir­ing that ev­ery per­son ar­rested in the state be held un­til their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus is de­ter­mined. Brewer’s lawyer had told the judge that the sen­tence was “inart­fully” writ­ten and should only ap­ply to sus­pected il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Also on Fri­day, 80 demon­stra­tors against Ari­zona’s tough-on-il­le­gal-im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies trick­led out of jails here as a lo­cal sher­iff con­tin­ued one of his con­tro­ver­sial op­er­a­tions that crit­ics con­tend tar­gets Lati­nos.

The pro­test­ers had been ar­rested Thurs­day, the day the state’s con­tro­ver­sial im­mi­gra­tion law took ef­fect and when Mari­copa County Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio launched his 17th sweep against il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

On Fri­day he an­nounced that three il­le­gal im­mi­grants were ar­rested in the sweep. Dur­ing such op­er­a­tions, his deputies stop peo­ple for some­times mi­nor vi­o­la­tions and check their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus.

A fed­eral judge had barred most of the im­mi­gra­tion law, SB 1070, from be­ing im­ple­mented, but that didn’t stop hun­dreds of pro­test­ers from fill­ing the streets and en­gag­ing in civil dis­obe­di­ence Thurs­day. Twenty-three were ar­rested at Ar­paio’s main down­town jail for block­ing the en­trance. Their demon­stra­tion forced the sher­iff to de­lay his sweep for sev­eral hours.

On Fri­day, ac­tivists boasted that they had slowed down the fa­mously tough-talk­ing Ar­paio. “Fam­i­lies were not sep­a­rated, the com­mu­nity was not ter­ror­ized,” said Car­los Gar­cia of Puente, who was him­self ar­rested at the jail Thurs­day.

Fri­day af­ter­noon, sev­eral ac­tivists blocked the com­mand cen­ter Ar­paio set up for his sweep, lead­ing to more ar­rests for civil dis­obe­di­ence. “They want to go to jail, so that’s where they’re go­ing,” Ar­paio said. “They want to keep com­ing, we’ll lock them up.”

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