Federal Judge Puts Arizona In Check .. Briefly!
Matt | On 28, Jul 2010
Big news today out of Arizona! Portions of the controversial immigration, set to go into effect on Thursday, have been briefly put on hold by a federal judge.
Judge Susan Bolton blocked a key provision in the law that forced police to check the immigration status of anyone they detain, one of the strongest parts of the law. The U.S. Justice Department had filed a suit against the state of Arizona challenging the validity of Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, as it is formally known in Arizona. They were concerned that the state was jumping the gun on federal government’s duty to enforce immigration policy.
Bolton gave her ruling on Wednesday afternoon and was quickly met with bitter responses. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer all but confirmed an appeal to the United States Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit. She made a statement reiterating her vows to the Arizona citizens when she signed the original legislation into law this spring:
“When I signed the bill on April 23, I said SB 1070 represents another tool for our state to use as we work to address a crisis we did not create and the federal government has actively refused to fix,” said Brewer. “The law protects all of us, every Arizona citizen and everyone here in our state lawfully. And, it does so while ensuring that the constitutional rights of ALL in Arizona are undiminished — holding fast to the diversity that has made Arizona so great.”
The Justice Department applauded the decision saying it would be counterproductive to have a patchwork of federal, state, and local immigration policies. They were also concerned about the burden of increased immigration status checks that police would have to conduct through the Department of Homeland Security.
My two cents says that this is a big win for civil liberties activists in Arizona. The governor is obviously pissed off at the ruling because they can’t stop any and everyone with a Latino-sounding last name and send them over the border. Also, what’s with this idea of people having to “carry papers” around the state? Is this 1842 in the pre-Civil War south?
Here’s another point of WTF-ness for me. What if in a perfect world they secure the Arizona border? What about the thousands of miles of border that California, New Mexico and Texas share with Mexico? Aren’t people just going to find new entrances there and wreak havoc on Arizona (and the nation) in other ways? This Arizona vs. the Sane 49 concept doesn’t make much sense to me.
I can agree that immigration policy needs to be handled much more efficiently and fairly in the U.S. We’ve got to address crime and the drain on our national resources. Conservatives are using this fear-mongering issue to drum up votes in an election. Liberals are afraid to touch the issue with a 10 ft. pole for fear of pissing off the majority of Latinos who support progressives and who feel personally about the situation.
Here’s an analogy. Jan is out here building a house, but only finished the kitchen and said to hell with bathrooms, closets, a roof, or a foundation – she’s getting ready to move in! On top of that, she wants to take this to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. to blow her hot air in those nine judges faces?! C’mon Big Jay-Jay. Give me a break!