PHOENIX — A judge has approved an agreement to dismiss the most
contentious parts of the Obama administration’s challenge to Arizona’s 2010
The deal between the U.S. Justice Department and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ends
the federal challenge to the law’s requirement that police, while enforcing
other laws, question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the
In exchange, the state agreed to permanently shelve the law’s prohibition on
harboring immigrants who are in the country illegally. The courts had already
blocked that section on a preliminary basis.
Both sides tentatively agreed to the deal more than a week ago. It was approved
Monday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
All that remains of the Obama administration’s case is its challenge of a minor
revision to a 2005 smuggling law that was contained in the 2010 statute.
Lawyers on both sides were unable to reach an agreement on this section.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the questioning requirement, but threw out
the law’s requirement that immigrants carry registration papers and its ban on
people who are in the country illegally from seeking work in public places.
While the Obama lawsuit now challenges only a minor portion of the law, a
coalition of civil rights groups is mounting a broader challenge to the law. No
trial date has yet been set in that case.