Arizona takes controversial immigration law to Supreme Court
May 9th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona takes controversial immigration law to Supreme Court

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday she is "confident" the U.S. Supreme Court will lift the injunction on the state's controversial immigration law, known as SB 1070.

Brewer has asked the justices to lift the court order that is blocking enforcement of parts of the law, which the Obama administration opposes.

"For decades, the federal government has neglected its constitutional duty to secure the border. It is because of that negligence that Arizona was forced to take action to protect its citizens via SB 1070," said Brewer.

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  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Way to go Arizona! The federal government has refused to enforce our borders and laws for decades while forcing the states to pick up the tab for their dereliction of duty. Now instead of doing their job the feds are suing those that take their oath office seriously. I guess the Obama administration is just too damn busy violating OUR Constituional rights with Obamacare to worry about protecting this country. Holder and Obama are two disasters that need to go in 2012.

    May 9, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. JJH

    Wow – is she scary..they ought to post he picture near the border, that would keep immigrants out!

    May 9, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Well Governor, for over 2 centuries, the federal government's authority where matters of international borders has been well-established, and you are attempting to usurp federal authority. You must act under their direction, whether you agree with the policy or not. You'll lose.

    May 9, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. lgny

    "The federal government has refused to enforce our borders" - What are all those border patrol agents doing? Playing poker? Is the fence being constructed just to attract tourists? ....

    I can see politicians complaining that enforcement has been ineffective, but "refusing to enforce" is pure hyperbole.

    May 9, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Congratulations! Do you endorse nullification, or the breakup of the union? Its ironic it's the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year: seems like we know which side you would have been on.

    May 9, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. A Real American

    Yeah, but it's a dry racism.

    May 9, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. betterdays

    And for over 2 decades, the federal government's apathy "where matters of international borders" has been well-established, too.

    May 9, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    The President has put more border patrol agents along the border. Not to mention that he's deported more illegal immigrants than your shrub of a President Bush. You must be on Rush's payroll with the nonsense you come up with. This old hag Brewer still doesn't realize that she can't step over federal authority. The law is unconstitutional and AZ will lose the case.

    May 9, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. RubinL

    The National Hockey League has no business being in such a backwards state. Be it known that Winnipeg welcomes immigrants.

    May 9, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Aaaand, of course they'll lose. The idea of 50 different public policies with 50 different sets of laws/regulations for 50 different states with respect to an issue that lies clearly within the purview of the federal government's constitutionally granted and not-reserved-to-the-states powers...ridiculous. This is a 5 minute decision based on the Supremacy Clause and common sense. It's also the GOP engaging in political theater instead of making serious attempts to govern responsibly, rationally and based on the facts and evidence.

    Add in the power plays made by the AZ private prison corporations that stand to make a lot of state money if there is suddenly thousands more people being arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and, well, you get the picture. CNN...being ever so "liberal"...has failed to report on Brewer's and her staff's connections to these corporations or the connections possessed by major players in the AZ legislature and law enforcement communities too.

    May 9, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Me

    I have in-laws that are border patrol agents. How ironic it will be when Officer Gringo (my kind) pulls over BP Agent Gonzales for trivial, imagined traffic violation just to ask if she has her papers on her.

    May 9, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I can see politicians complaining that enforcement has been ineffective, but "refusing to enforce" is pure hyperbole
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    Purely going through the motions. Stopping a minor fraction of the flood of illegals and drugs. When the percentage stopped is closer to ZERO than to 100% then it is a complete failure. This country has seen 20-40 MILLION people flood across our borders over the last few decades and yet the problem persists today.

    Why does the federal government refuse to support states that wish to help stop this problem? They have proven themselves to be incapable of doing it themselves. The fact is there are open border leftists running this government that have no interest in enfocring the laws and borders.

    May 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    wow CNN that picture of Brewer alone would keep me from wanting to come to Arizona. Never mind that the state is starting to attract right wing fanatics.

    May 9, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. gt

    like it or not both parties have put the heads in the sand... its a mess .. and everyone knows it...its mexico corrupt , dont take care of there own people that has casuse this mess....

    May 9, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. raingirl2

    I sure hope the scotus sees the criminality of this countries refusal to enforce our immigration laws. Mexico is doing what the foreign countries are doing. The goal is to financially break the back of the U.S. and both entities are well on the way to accomplishing their goals. It's time for the leaders to put country first and let other countries fend for themselves we don't need any illegal aliens in this country and we should take a hard serious look at the numbers of legal immigrants we have. We cannot afford to keep adding poor people to the list of broken & poor American families. If this congress passes another amnesty they will forever regret that decision because that will be the end of this country as we know it. The terrorist will have won. too many criminals have entered this country and it appears that the leaders don't want to know who they are and clearly don't want to remove them from society nor punish them, yet they are overzealous to punish innocent American citizens

    May 9, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    Had AZ mandated that ALL citizens carry documentation, then they are doing a good thing, the fact that they didn't......shows what they really want. Here is one America, since the majority of registered sex offenders are middle aged white men, how about a law that says all middle aged white men need to prove they aren't sex offenders.....not good, why it protects the children.......Let's propose this and see the backlash......

    May 9, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "They have proven themselves to be incapable of doing it themselves. The fact is there are open border leftists running this government that have no interest in enfocring the laws and borders."

    So Bush I, Bush II, Reagan, Nixon, Ike, et al...they were all "open border lefists"? Meh...it's just a convenient meme and scab to pick at with the predominantly white, undereducated, rural GOP base. When Bush was in office it was "nothing's wrong...we're increasing border patrols etc....we don't need comprehensive reform...you just want to give them all amnesty so they'll vote for you" (you know, because it has nothing to do with GOPer behavior and statements that they alienate almost the entire minority community in America...nope nothing to do with it at all). Now that a Dem is in the WH, it's "everything's wrong...you're not doing enough...increasing border patrols and adding drones isn't just window dressing...we need comprehensive immigration reform and anything short of a third-reich-style round-up is amnesty."

    May 9, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Sniffit, At least Bush put 6000 troops on the border and slowed the mass exodus from Mexico for awhile. Border patrol has instructions" to not arrest", so that Napolitano can make her false statements about the border being in better shape than it's ever been.

    May 9, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. OneMoreTime

    "The fact is there are open border leftists running this country...."

    AND, there are open border "righties" hiring every illegal that crosses the border. Cheap wages, high profits.
    If they would pay a decent wage to American legals, unemloyment would drop, illegals would have to go home,
    and the "righties" would have to do a little work. How many illegals are hired in Arizona, Texas, California,
    etc. More than anyone would admit to. Blame the employees first!!!!!!

    May 9, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Federal law trumps state law. Arizona will lose. Duh.

    May 9, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |