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Arizona Immigration Law Meets Resistance From Federal Court

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Posted on Apr 11, 2011
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and fellow supporters of the ultracontroversial immigration law that passed in her state a year ago met with a big setback on Monday, when a federal appeals court upheld a federal judge’s injunction against certain provisions of the law, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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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 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.

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By SoTexGuy, April 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

This is not any victory for the open-borders advocates.. Every time a court strikes down laws like these it’s a boost for the protectionist movement..

These court decisions, regardless of their Constitutional merit, display for all to see a heavy-handed Federal Judiciary unimpressed with state and local initiatives and referendums.. and especially those trying to deal with the flow of illegal immigrants into America… an unemployed America to boot.

Obama and the Congress won’t get in front of the issue of unregulated and illegal immigration .. I suppose it’s a far-off thing from the heights of Olympus (Washington).. But it’s a hot issue with voters in border states who see what’s going on and have to simultaneously watch the near-impotent actions of our
border guards and pay to educate, feed and house these migrants.. Even now when state budgets for practically everything are being chopped.

If you live away from the border and the pressing influx of people from Mexico and beyond you are afforded the luxury of viewing this process with detachment .. and speak about the illegals in terms of refugees and those ‘seeking a better life’.. I’m happy for you! .. and I agree that tolerance and understanding are needed. However a real problem exists.

There’s not enough space in this comment box to describe exactly what it’s like living in a border town in Texas.. as compared to mainstream America.. I’ll offer two situations..

First.. recently, gasoline is slightly less expensive in neighboring Mexico than here. Many people travel across the border for business or personal reasons daily.. Now because of the price difference these people, whether Mexican citizens or Americans are increasingly coming back here with a tank of Pemex
(Petroloeos Mexicanos) fuel..

When this high-sulphur, paraffin-laden and even leaded fuel is burned in modern automobiles it creates a choking miasma impossible to exactly describe!.. all our laws and rules to guarantee clean air for our kids and more mean nothing!.. and vehicles.. including grossly over-laden carriers.. run our
streets and highways toll-free, having by-passed our use taxes by buying fuel in Mexico.. And that is only the very small tip of the iceberg .. of the problems with uncontrolled use of our roads and more by Mexican businesses and carriers.

Now also just this morning I was in my neighborhood grocery store.. in the checkout line next to me is a well dressed Mexican man with two carts full of items. Three full trays of hamburger buns, thirty pounds of ground beef, sacks of onions, tomatoes, a box of lettuce, several pounds of poblano peppers and
much more (like ten gallons of ice cream)..

When the total is given him for what is obviously restaurant supplies.. he produces a Lone Star card (Texas’ food program)!  .. and when that doesn’t quite settle the bill he gives greenbacks from a very well-stuffed wallet.

As it happened.. I encountered this same gentleman in the parking lot getting into a late model Escalade with Mexico plates.. which had been left running with his well-dressed family inside while he shopped! .. and this is not an isolated incident.

Now, does this mean we should not have food programs for needy Americans? Absolutely no, we need those programs! .. but this is the kind of stuff that we in the border areas see constantly.. and in the face of budget problems and cutbacks on everything.. it gets our blood up.

Are immigrants bad or bad for America? of course not.. But we need to get a handle on who and how many people are coming into our country.

Adios!

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By jim sadler, April 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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Corruption keeps illegals from being rounded up.
Big business wants low priced labor. And extra hands
devalues all labor whether illegal or not.
    If every police contact gets an immigration status
report then racial motives do not apply. Everyone is
treated equally.
    It is the proper job of law enforcement to capture
every single illegal and force them across the borders
en mass. If they can not be returned across the borders
then we need to either hold them in camps or kill them.

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By Zenzender, April 12, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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The U.S. is in charge of the borders. Where does the border end and the States jurisdiction begin?

The U.S. should not control State’s Rights.

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By PatrickHenry, April 12, 2011 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

Bring the troops home from Afghanistan and put them on the Arizona border.

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By rollzone, April 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

hello. our state is following your lead, so win this
one for everyone. go after the illegal recreational
cannabis by legalizing and taxing sales from permitted
dispensaries, and use the funds for your Sheriff’s
department. hurt the dirty politicians’ pocketbook.

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By TDoff, April 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

I wonder what the SCOTUS decision will be on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s new plan, which is more in keeping with the traditions of the wild west, to pour red dye into the Rio Grande, and then shoot any redskins they find sneaking around in Arizona.

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