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Jul 29, 2010 8:13 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Immigration ruling puts states on guard

States that had been planning to copy Arizona's new immigration law will have to wait and see what happens in the courts.

The law was set to take effect today, but a federal judge yesterday put most of it on hold. The judge agreed with the Obama administration that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government.

The state plans to appeal.

The judge shelved parts of the law requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times and police to check immigration status while enforcing other laws. And she blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

Also on hold is a ban on undocumented workers soliciting employment in public places.

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