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A U.S. judge has blocked key parts of Arizona's tough new immigration law just hours before it was to take effect. It's a victory to the Obama administration as it tries to take control of the issue.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked several provisions. They include one that requires a police officer to determine the immigration status of a person detained or arrested if the officer believes the person is not in the country legally.
The judge also put on hold provisions requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times. The law, while drawing wide popular support, is opposed by President Barack Obama as well as immigration and human rights groups.
Celebrations broke out among the groups who had been protesting against the law.
Rosamaria Soto, Undocumented Immigrant, said, "It is a very good day for me and for all the other people. I think I need unity between all the people in Arizona."
Samuel Patino, Protester Against Law, said, "I don't think any of this should be happening. I have lived here for 10 years and in those 10 years we the Hispanic community always helped the state of Arizona in work, in everything. I'm from Texas but I think I should be here to support this."