Arizona has implored the Feds to do something about the boarder issue for years. Today the U.S. District Judge, Susan Bolton, ruled on Arizona’s SB 1070, blocking some of the provisions within the law, specifically the provision that allows police officers to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest. Other sections struck down in the Arizona legislation were those that dealt with making it a crime not to carry immigration registration papers, as well as making it a crime for illegals to perform or look for work. The rest of the law will go into effect on Thursday.
Arizona is well within the scope of the law to provide for the protection of her citizens. The law itself was fashioned after Federal law, giving the State the tools needed to protect the boarder and her citizens.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called the ruling “misguided.”
“The federal government has a right and a responsibility to enforce existing laws, but when they fail to meet that responsibility, we should not stand in the way of the states that take action to respond to the very real threat of border violence, drug cartels and human smuggling,” he said in a written statement. “There’s nowhere in the Constitution that says a state is limited to what it absolutely won’t do and can be stopped for what it might do and to exercise a judgment against a state that has passed a law that is consistent with existing federal law is beyond absurd.”
Jan Brewer, Arizona’s governor, stated that they will appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. She believes that the law is constitutionally sound and mirrors what the Federal government should have been doing all along. Arizona is the most porous boarder with the greatest illegal immigration problem. The crime, drugs, human traffic-ing that is a result of illegal immigration, not to mention the economic drain on the state, has most Arizonians in full agreement with the law.
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