Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on April 11, 2011
Arizona – The 9th Circuit Appellate Court has upheld a lower ruling against the State’s infamous SB1070 immigration bill. They have also ruled against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s instruction to police to arrest people they “reasonably believe” to be illegal immigrants.
Once again, the courts have upheld the constitution which states that immigration is a federal issue and states have no legal right to enact immigration policy.
One has to wonder what will happen now with state’s like Utah, where Immigration bills were passed within the past few months.
A three-judge appeals panel, in a ruling released on Monday, held that a federal judge did not abuse her authority when she blocked provisions of the Arizona law that targeted illegal immigration.
The panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a request by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who asked the jurists to lift an injunction imposed by U.S. District Judge Judge Susan Bolton the day before the law was to go into effect on July 29.
Among the controversial aspects of the law was a requirement that local police check the immigration status of anyone they detain during an investigation.
The original law was enacted in April 2010 after Arizona officials argued that they needed their own law to deal with the growing problem of unauthorized immigration from Mexico, which shares a border with Arizona. In general, the law establishes a variety of immigration-related actions as state offenses and defines how local and state officials can enforce the measure.