Surprise! Arizona immigration law ruled unconstitutional

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

The following news is a sign that federal courts will continue to tell states to leave federal laws alone. Thank you for reading.

Arizona Latinos welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that blocks enforcement of the state’s tough immigration law, but they also say the legal fight is anything but over. “To us a victory is going to be when SB 1070 is repealed totally out of the books of Arizona,” Salvador Reza, a Phoenix immigrant-rights activist, said of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. Arizona officials vowed to challenge the court’s decision. “I believe the decision will be overturned by the US Supreme Court, and I pledge to make every possible effort to achieve that result,” said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. The ruling comes almost a year after Arizona passed the law to discourage illegal immigration. Opponents called the statute unconstitutional and said it would lead to racial profiling and discrimination. The law sparked a national debate and copycat measures in other states, although so far most have failed. It also generated numerous protests, boycotts and a lawsuit from the Obama administration on grounds that immigration enforcement is an exclusive right of the federal government. The ruling upholds a decision last summer by a federal judge in Phoenix that put on hold key provision. The state appealed. (


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