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Federal Govt. refused to allow Arizona to enforce Immigration law. Blocked appeal today. Should the States have the right to enforce Federal laws if the Feds aren't?

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.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Apr. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (17)
  • In this instance if I understand the question..Yes.
    meooma

    Answer by meooma at 7:41 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • It's a fine day in America when the federal government takes sides with Mexico against a state.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 7:41 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • The state is trying to protect the LEGAL citizens of the state. ALSO~ every state to needs to sue the Federal Government to due their F'n job, if the Supreme Court rules the states can't enforce the US Constitution......... The Federal Government is responsible to protect the LEGAL citizens...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:52 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • *needs to sue*
    grlygrlz2

    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!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • 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!

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    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!!

    Gotta love how the Feds refuse to enforce their OWN laws, and won't let other states do their job for them!! Ugh!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:10 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • There is a God!
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 8:48 PM on Apr. 11, 2011

  • Arizona, along with every other state that wishes to do so, should have the right to protect their citizens and enforce the law ~ whether or not the federal gov't. is doing so. As far as I'm concerned, those states should also be able to send a bill to cover their costs to the federal gov't., AND the home country of any illegal they catch.

    As far as legal citizens being 'discriminated against'; how is that possible? If they are legal they already have the required paperwork and documents no matter what color their skin is. What a crock of an argument.
    Farmlady09

    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.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:03 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Anonymous, why are you anonymous? Your answer was well thought out and relevant. I'd vote it up if you were real
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 12:33 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

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