Arizona asked an appeals court Thursday to lift a judge's order blocking most of the state's immigration law. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer called U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's decision on Wednesday to halt the law "a bump in the road," and the state appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Also Thursday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made a crackdown on illegal immigration one of his signature issues, launched his 17th sweep, in which his deputies and "posse" volunteers stop people for sometimes minor violations, such as jaywalking, and then check their immigration status. Arpaio says the temporary injunction against the law doesn't stop him from driving illegal immigrants from the state.
Judge receives threats
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has been getting some threats since her ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law, authorities said Thursday. David Gonzales, the U.S. marshal for Arizona, said Bolton has received thousands of phone calls and e-mails since her preliminary injunction Wednesday that put key provisions of the state's immigration law on hold. Some of the messages sent to Bolton are positive, but others are "from people venting and who have expressed their displeasure in a perverted way," Gonzales said, adding that his agents are taking some of the threats seriously.
Protesters hit streets
Hundreds of marchers protesting Arizona's hard-line stance against illegal immigration took to the streets Thursday. The protesters began marching well before dawn, fanning out across Phoenix, staging acts of civil disobedience and arguing that Arizona remains inhospitable to immigrants. Dozens were arrested. "It's not over yet," said Vanessa Bustos, 24, of Phoenix, who chained herself to five other activists, blocking the door to the Maricopa County Jail. "There are other bills being enacted against the Latino community."