On the Brink

 
Judge enjoins parts of SB1070; Law will still lead to broad criminalization. Protests and resistance going forward

On July 28th at about 10:00 a.m. Federal judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction against four provisions included in Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB1070. These provisions include the mandate that law enforcement officers solicit the immigration status of anyone they encounter; the portion that makes failure to carry immigration documents a state crime; the portion that makes it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to perform work in Arizona; and the portion allowing for warrantless arrest of anybody who is suspected of having committed a "deportable offense". Judge Bolton's injunction is only temporary, which means that each of these provisions can still go into effect if the judge decides, after fully hearing the case, that they are acceptable.

Meanwhile, Judge Bolton allowed a series of provisions of SB1070 to stand. These include the portion that makes it a crime to solicit work as a day-laborer; the portion that requires law enforcement to fully cooperate with immigration authorities and to report anybody they know to be in the country illegally; the portion allowing anybody to sue any jurisdiction they believe is not fully enforcing the law; and finally the portion of the law that makes it a crime to "harbor" or "transort" any undocumented immigrant (this provision is especially designed to target and criminalize mixed-status families). These provisions will go into effect at midnight TONIGHT.

In response to this partial injunction, protest groups have vowed to go forward with their plans for the 29th. Groups in Phoenix are planning demonstrations starting this evening at the Arizona Capitol and a reclamation of Civic Space Park at 4 p.m. today. A suite of civil disobedience actions are planned for tomorrow morning; targets include the federal courthouse and U.S. immigration offices. For more information visit: Alto Arizona.

In Tucson, demonstrators plan to gather at the state building this evening at 5 p.m., followed by an overnight vigil. Protests will kick off again at 8 a.m. at the state building, where perhaps thousands are expected to flood the streets. At 4 p.m. calls have been made for mass direct action, to be joined by a critical mass bike ride that will leave from the University at 5 p.m. A text messaging system has been set up whereby people can send updates and follow the day's events in real-time.

Various groups and institutions across the state are continuing to pledge non-compliance with the law. On Wednesday, July 27th the Tucson Unified School District joined this list of groups, with a 5-0 vote to not allow immigration laws to be enforced on their campuses.

Solidarity actions are planned on July 29th across the country and internationally. Updates from the streets will be posted to Arizona Indymedia as they develop.

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