After a federal judge yesterday blocked key parts of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer says the fight to implement legislation to stem the flood of illegal immigration into the state "is far from over."
"I am disappointed by Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling enjoining several provisions of ‘The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act’ -- SB 1070," Brewer said, "though I am heartened by some findings – including the ban on sanctuary cities."
The new law was to have taken effect today. In response to yesterday's ruling, Brewer said Arizona would soon file an expedited appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Yesterday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton followed a request by the Obama administration for an injunction on grounds that immigration matters are the federal government's responsibility.
One provision that Bolton blocked required a police officer to determine the immigration status of a person detained or arrested if the officer believes the person is not in the country legally. Bolton also barred a provision that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times.
Brewer, who signed the Arizona bill April 23, said she would "battle all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, for the right to protect the citizens of Arizona."
Meanwhile, Brewer said, Arizona officials "still have work to do in confronting the fear-mongers, those dealing in hate and lies and economic boycotts that seek to do Arizona harm. We have already made some progress in waking up Washington. But the question still remains: will Washington do its job, and put an end to the daily operations of smugglers in our nation, or will the delays and sidesteps continue? I believe that the defenders of the rule of law will ultimately succeed with us in our demand for action."
Catherine Merlo is Western editor for Dairy Today. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.