(Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday blocked key parts of Arizona’s tough new immigration law hours before it went into effect.
Below are reactions to the ruling from analysts, supporters and critics of the law.
JAN BREWER, ARIZONA’S REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR
“This fight is far from over … We will take a close look at every single element Judge Bolton removed from the law, and we will soon file an expedited appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.”
JOHN MCCAIN AND JON KYL, ARIZONA’S REPUBLICAN SENATORS
“Instead of wasting tax payer resources filing a lawsuit against Arizona … the Obama Administration should have focused its efforts on working with Congress to provide the necessary resources to support the state in its efforts to act where the federal government has failed.”
RUSSELL PEARCE, REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR AND LAW’S ARCHITECT
“What (District Judge Susan Bolton) did was decide to insert some opinion into the law rather than rule on what is the law of the land, and that’s not right … But we will win on appeal.”
ANN KIKRPATRICK, ARIZONA U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRAT
“There are no winners here — no matter what the courts ultimately decide, we will still have wasted millions of dollars and our borders will still not be secure.”
PETER SPIRO, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR
“This will take the wind out of the sails of anti-immigration efforts on the state level, though it will probably intensify such efforts at the federal level.”
ROSAMARIA SOTO, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT
“It’s a very good day for me and for all the people. I think we need unity among the community. I love American citizens, I love the people in Congress, I love the same things: I love my family — they do too, I love America — they do too.”
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor, David Schwartz and Carolina Madrid in Phoenix, editing by Sandra Maler)