PHOENIX – A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional.
The U.S Justice Department sued to block the law, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution because enforcing immigration law is a federal issue.
Brewer's lawyers said the federal government hasn't effectively enforced immigration law and that the state law will assist federal authorities.
"I remain steadfast in my belief that Arizona and other states have a sovereign right and obligation to protect their citizens and enforce immigration law in accordance with federal statute," Brewer said in a statement.
Proponents called the law a long-overdue effort by a state that has been overburdened by illegal immigration and a lack of federal action on the issue.
Opponents of the law hailed the decision and said other states considering similar legislation should take note.
Asked by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Apr. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by meooma at 7:41 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 7:41 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:52 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:57 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
It's a fine day in America when the federal government takes sides with Mexico against a state
Oh come on! They are not siding with Mexico they are siding with LEGAL citizens of Arizona who will be discriminated against if this law were to take affect!
Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:10 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 8:48 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:00 PM on Apr. 11, 2011
Explain to me how a LEGAL citizen of Arizona would be discriminated against?! If you are a legal citizen you have NOTHING to worry about!!
The idea that this law will only affect people who are in the country illegally is LAUGHABLE. The law allowed papers to be checked for anyone. This means that ANYONE police thought "looked like" an illegal immigrant could be stopped on trumped up charges and have their papers checked. It's like Nazi Germany but in a hotter and dryer climate. It's disgusting. And what exactly does an illegal immigrant look like? I challenge you to tell me without saying anything racist. The police in Arizona should have more pressing matters than demanding every non-white person prove their immigration status.
Answer by Anonymous at 12:03 AM on Apr. 12, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 12:33 AM on Apr. 12, 2011
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