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Judge pulls key pieces from immigration law

PHOENIX – A federal judge stepped into the fight over Arizona’s immigration law at the last minute Wednesday, blocking the heart of the measure and defusing a confrontation between police and thousands of activists that had been building for months. Coming just hours before the law was to take effect, the ruling isn’t the end.

Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law today when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

Mental illness adds to ordeal of deportation

NEW YORK – Thousands of mentally disabled immigrants are entangled in deportation proceedings each year with little or no legal help, leaving them distraught, defenseless and detained as their fates are decided. Their plight is detailed in a report issued Sunday by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, which exhort federal authorities to do better.

Arizona law gets skeptical hearing

PHOENIX – A federal judge on Thursday expressed skepticism about the constitutionality of a key part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but did not say whether she would prevent the measure from taking effect next week. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton said during a hearing that the provision, which makes it a state crime to lack immigration documents, apparently conflicts with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states cannot create their own immigration registration systems.

Holder may file second Arizona suit

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, said Sunday he might sue Arizona a second time if he finds its tough-on-illegal-immigrants law leads to racial profiling. Holder, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona, filed last week, makes scant mention of racial profiling because a stronger argument against the law is that it pre-empts the federal government’s responsibility in deciding immigration policies.

Government sues Arizona over law on immigration

PHOENIX – The Obama administration sued Arizona on Tuesday to throw out the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law and keep other states from copying it. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix said the law, due to take effect July 29, usurps the federal government’s “pre-eminent authority” under the Constitution to regulate immigration.

Man deported before he could be charged with murder

The roommate of a man found shot to death near Green Bluff last fall has been charged with his murder. But detectives haven’t arrested Miguel A. Rodriguez-Barbosa. The 19-year-old was deported to Mexico in January after being convicted of a felony related to marijuana found in the north Spokane home he shared with the victim.

Arizona cops get guidelines

PHOENIX – Police officers trying to enforce a controversial new Arizona immigration law cannot use race to form a suspicion that someone is in the country illegally, but can rely on people’s ability to speak English, their dress and whether they are in an area where illegal immigrants congregate, according to new state guidelines released Thursday. The 90-minute training DVD and accompanying paperwork will be distributed to 15,000 local law enforcement officers statewide charged with enforcing the sweeping new law, which is scheduled to take effect July 29.