On Wednesday, Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer’s attorneys filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s injunction blocking sections of their immigration bill SB 1070.
In April, the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear the state’s appeal for a reversal of a federal judge’s injunction that blocked sections of the immigration law from taking effect. The injunction blocked four parts of the law from being enforced, including:
- A portion that requires an officer to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested, if there is reasonable suspicion that person is in the country illegally. This portion also requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of people arrested and to hold them indefinitely until the status is determined.
- A portion creating the crime of failure to apply for or carry "alien-registration papers."
- A portion allowing for a warrantless arrest of a person if there is probable cause to believe the individual committed a public offense that makes him or her removable from the U.S.
- A portion making it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work.
Attorneys for the governor stated in the appeal that illegal immigration poses a hardship on the state and since the nation’s immigration system is apparently broken that it leaves the state with a disproportionate share of what should be the nation’s burden
Gov. Brewer released a statement saying:
"I am hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will choose to take this case and issue much-needed clarity for states, such as Arizona, that are grappling with the significant human and financial costs of illegal immigration. For too long the federal government has turned a blind eye as this problem has manifested itself in the form of drop houses in our neighborhoods and crime in our communities. SB 1070 was Arizona's way of saying that we won't wait patiently for federal action any longer. If the federal government won't enforce its immigration laws, we will."
When Arizona’s immigration law was passed in 2010, it was estimated that between 400,000 to 500,000 illegal aliens were residing in the state and taking thousands of jobs away from legal citizens. Additionally, many areas along the state’s southern border with Mexico had become extremely dangerous due to drug and human traffickers. Violent and personal crimes had risen sharply over the past couple of decades. Several local ranchers and border patrol agents had been shot and killed.
When the state tried to get the federal government to take action along the border, all the feds did was erect signs along highways warning of the dangers and suggest that Congress grant legal citizenship to all of the illegals already there. Beyond that, the federal government actually refused to take proper steps to secure the US border as well as siding with the illegals against the state.
Arizona’s legislature believed that since the federal government refused to protect its citizens that the state had to do it themselves. When they did, the federal government filed suit against the state.
I guess if an illegal alien holds the office of President of the United States, it only makes sense that his administration will take the side of the estimated 12-15 million other illegal aliens living in the US.