Court delays AZ governor appeal
The Arizona governor's appeal to lift a temporary block on provisions of the state's controversial immigration law has been dismissed, Press TV reported.
US District Court Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday temporarily blocked a section of the law which requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect could be an illegal immigrant, Reuters reported.
Other provisions blocked by Judge Bolton included an order requiring immigrants to carry documentation at all times, as well as banning undocumented immigrants from seeking work in public places.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her legal team called on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday to overturn the injunction and arrange public oral arguments in the case for mid-September.
But the court dismissed the state's request to expedite the appeal in Friday evening and set a hearing for the week of November 1.
Arizona's controversial immigration law has sparked protests in the state especially among the Hispanics and labor activists who blocked roads and held demonstrations in the state cities on Thursday and Friday.
Seventy-one people were arrested during the demonstrations.
Other cities in the US have moved to condemn the new law by enacting resolutions and tens of thousands of people across the US have joined protests against the law.
Opponents of the law say it constitutes discrimination and encourages racial profiling.