Judge blocks day la­bor rules in im­mi­gra­tion law

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

PHOENIX | A judge blocked po­lice in Ari­zona from en­forc­ing a sec­tion of the state’s im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment law that pro­hib­ited peo­ple from block­ing traf­fic when they seek or of­fer day la­bor ser­vices on streets.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Su­san Bolton ruled Wed­nes­day that groups work­ing to over­turn the law likely will pre­vail in their claim that the day la­bor rules vi­o­late the First Amend­ment.

The ban was among a hand­ful of pro­vi­sions in the law that were al­lowed to take ef­fect af­ter a July 2010 decision by Judge Bolton halted en­force­ment of the law’s more con­tro­ver­sial el­e­ments.

Op­po­nents of the law had ar­gued that the day la­bor re­stric­tions un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally re­strict free speech rights.

At­tor­neys for Gov. Jan Brewer, a Re­pub­li­can, had ar­gued that the re­stric­tions are meant to ad­dress safety con­cerns and dis­trac­tions to driv­ers.

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