I know, I know—Savage already posted about this. But I wanted to throw up a slightly longer post...

Remember Susan? The federal judge who was the last stop between Arizona's dangerously abusable 1070 and its implementation struck down (er, issued a preliminary injunction against) its most controversial parts:

From the LA Times:

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton halted implementation of the parts of the law that require police to determine the immigration status of people they stop and think are in the country illegally. She also forbade the state from charging anyone for a new crime of failing to possess immigration documents.

In her 36-page decision, Bolton wrote that the measure would have hamstrung the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration law.

Lots of folks are happy about this—immigrants, their advocates, folks who think federal law is federal law and get a little nervous when states start claiming sovereignty over national concerns like immigration, and even some law-enforcement officers:

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said he was "elated" by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling that blocked sections of the law requiring officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

"That's obviously the one I was concerned about, doing that type of immigration work while doing legal stops," Estrada said. "I think that put a tremendous burden on law enforcement and I'm glad she saw it that way. I'm elated. That judge is an angel sent from heaven."

This is also good news for Obama—the judge's ruling supports federal Justice Department claims that the law is unconstitutional and that "the federal government has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters" since immigration issues are, essentially, diplomatic issues.

And it won't hurt his support among Hispanics which, while still strong, has dipped.

Anyway, congratulations Judge Bolton, Arizona, and America in general for not becoming a place where cops can just randomly ask "papers, please" and charge the un-papered with a crime.


(Follow-up to that video here. It's not that exciting, fyi... )