An appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal of a ruling that prevents police from enforcing a lesser-known part of the state’s immigration law.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering only a provision that bans people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services and won’t confront other parts of the law.
Day labor organizers say they know of no arrests under the day labor rules when they were in effect from July 2010 until the February decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton that blocks them.
Brewer’s lawyers argue the restrictions are meant to confront traffic safety concerns, while opponents say the rules unconstitutionally restrict the rights of people who want to express their need for work.