TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Hours before it was set to go into effect, the Arizona immigration law has been partially blocked in federal court.
Parts of the proposed law will still stand, but the most controversial elements, which would force immigrants to carry registration papers, will not.
One local lawmaker says this won't stop his efforts to get the law passed in Texas.
After Wednesday's decision, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, the lawmaker at the center of the immigration law debate, said that she plans to appeal, but in the meantime, the federal government has a chance to act.
"The federal government got relief from the courts to not do their job," said Brewer. "Now, they've got this temporary injunction. They need to step up, the feds do, and do the job."
a local immigration attorney Jose Sanchez says giving the federal government the chance to act, not racial profiling, is what this is law is about.
"It's not so much about Mexican people, it's not about whether you're here legally or not, it's an issue of constitution," said Sanchez. "The constitution says, that the federal government has a right to govern and implement immigration laws, not the state."
Sanchez also says he hopes the decision puts the brakes on the same efforts elsewhere.
"Leo Berman, and other state politicians in other parts of the country, who also want to implement this act, can now go back and say, 'Maybe we won't introduce this bill, because we already know what's going to happen,'" said Sanchez.
But Representative Leo Berman, says that is not so. He's running for Speaker of the State House this fall, and says he will also introduce his version of the law because the issue is costing Texans too much money.
"We have an estimated 2.5 million illegal aliens in Texas, and we've got to deal with them," he said. "We can't pick them all up, put them in a bus, and send them back to Mexico. But if we start equalizing what their responsibilities are to the responsibilities of U.S. citizens, they may want to go home themselves."
The judge did allow some parts of the law to go through, including a ban on sanctuary cities, and making it a crime to hire illegal immigrants as day laborers.
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