The Monitor – Valley groups: Immigration ruling offers temporary reprieve

The judge’s order that blocked most of Arizona’s immigration law from going into effect won’t stop the deportations that terrorize South Texas’ undocumented residents, immigration reform advocates said Thursday.

Families who work with La Union del Pueblo Entero in South Texas have reported a growing number of instances in recent weeks of U.S. Border Patrol agents detaining them in neighborhoods, in shopping areas and outside workplaces, said Corinna Spencer-Schuerich, the director of the South Texas Civil Rights Project. In the meantime, legislators in more than a dozen other states say they want to replicate measures of the law when legislative sessions convene.

While the judge’s order will likely delay other states from implementing similar laws, Spencer-Schuerich said, it will do little to address an already unjust immigration system.

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