Things got awfully quiet in AZ
The Washington Post:
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the most contested provisions of an Arizona immigration law passed last year will remain blocked from taking effect, handing the Obama administration a victory in its efforts to overturn the legislation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that put on hold key provisions of the Arizona law, which empowers police to question people whom they have a “reasonable suspicion” are illegal immigrants. The measure has triggered a fierce national debate, and the legal case is being watched by other states and advocates on both sides of the issue.
In a split decision, a three-judge panel found that U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton “did not abuse” her discretion in blocking parts of the law that, among other things, require police to check immigration status if they stop someone while enforcing other laws.
The 8th Circuit ruling should not affect how things are run in Prince William County since our law enforcement officers must check all immigration status upon arrest, regardless of the person. We need to watch carefully to make sure that none of our elected officials get some bee in the bonnet to start it up again.
The WaPo further adds:
Judge Richard A. Paez, who wrote the majority opinion, used strong language as he appeared to endorse the administration’s position that Arizona’s law intrudes on federal immigration enforcement and is “preempted” by federal law.
“Arizona has attempted to hijack a discretionary role that Congress delegated to the Executive,’’ the decision said, adding that the Arizona law would “usurp” the U.S. attorney general’s role in directing any state enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Judge Carlos T. Bea dissented from parts of the ruling.
Where does SB 1070 go now? Was it just a national attention-getter to pump up the immigration issue to get Jan Brewer elected? Will the components from SB 1070 go to the Supreme Court or more to the point, will they agree to hear the case?
For those of us here in Prince William County, does this ruling affect us? Does it affect Corey Stewart’s Rule of Law Campaign?