Ariz. Takes Fight over Immigration Law to Supreme Court

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer now hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn an injunction blocking portions of the state’s controversial immigration law from taking effect.

Attorneys for Brewer on Aug. 10 filed a petition asking the nation’s highest court to overturn a lower court’s decision to block parts of the controversial law.

“I am hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will choose to take this case and issue much-needed clarity for states, such as Arizona, that are grappling with the significant human and financial costs of illegal immigration,” Brewer said in a statement. “For too long the Federal government has turned a blind eye as this problem has manifested itself in the form of drop houses in our neighborhoods and crime in our communities.”

In April, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reverse a federal judge’s orders to keep parts of the law from taking effect. Among those measures blocked was a hotly-debated provision giving law enforcement the right to question individuals about their immigration status, even if they were stopped or detained for other reasons.

“We hold that the district court did not abuse its discretion by enjoining S.B. 1070 Sections 2(B), 3, 5(C), and 6,” Ninth Circuit Judge Richard A. Paez wrote in his opinion. “Therefore, we affirm the district court’s preliminary injunction order enjoining these certain provisions.”

State officials were upset with the decision and are hoping the Supreme Court supports their arguments for the need for tougher immigration laws.

“If the Ninth Circuit holding that that is prohibited to the state is not overturned by the Supreme Court, this country’s sovereignty is in trouble,” Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in a statement.