Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that placed a hold on parts of the state’s infamous SB 1070 immigration enforcement law. An appeal was filed by Brewer yesterday as the Governor faced a deadline to contest a district court’s decision which barred, among other things, enforcement of the police policy to ask the immigration status anyone involved in criminal activity whom they suspect are in the country illegally.
This isn’t Brewer’s first appeal. Back in April she lost an appeal after a three-judge panel rejected her request to overturn the decision. Brewer’s lawyers are now asking the nation’s highest court to hear her new appeal because Arizona is the victim of the worst of America’s border problems. It's ironic timing, considering the fact that Mexico just published data saying that less than 1% of their population emigrated last year, and the border is currently more secure than anytime ever before in the history of the country.
In a written statement, the Arizona governor said, “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.”
“(The law) was Arizona's way of saying that we won't wait patiently for federal action any longer. If the federal government won't enforce its immigration laws, we will.”
SB 1070 inspired media frenzy, protests, and lawsuits when it was written into law last April. Opponents accused the law of potentially encouraging racial profiling, while President Obama’s administration sued the state on the premise that states can not pass immigration law. Less than a day before the law was to take effect last July, a U.S. District Judge blocked key provisions.