The 9th Circuit Monday upheld the action by an Arizona district court blocking parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law from going into effect.  The law, which would have allowed law enforcement to question people about their immigration status based on a “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally, was previously barred pending a challenge to the law’s constitutionality by the Obama Justice Department.

Though this decision only upholds the decision preventing the law from taking effect, the majority opinion from Judge Richard A. Paez signaled strongly that the law may be preempted by federal law relating to immigration.  A concurring opinion by Judge John T. Noonan called the law “a chilling foretaste of what other states might attempt.”  The 9th Circuit, which has a majority of Democratic appointed judges, is expected to strike the law down when the full challenge comes before the court.

Arizona has become the forefront of the debate between the Obama administration and states that claim the federal government is not doing enough to enforce existing immigration law.  The ruling by District Judge Susan R. Bolton that the court upheld blocked provisions in the law that would allow for warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants and would criminalize the failure of immigrants to carry registration papers.

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  1. Brittanicus says:

    THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGAN

    The 9th circuit court is in the Sanctuary city of San Francisco which is an appeals court hated by patriotic Americans. It is overrun by activist judges (Liberal Progressives) has blocked major sections of the strict Arizona illegal immigration law. Perhaps now the financially hurting State of Arizona can fast track their grievances to the highest court of the land. Illegal Immigration is not a victim less crime, as it stealing jobs from low wage Americans and routing huge profits to criminal businesses. We need to stop the millions of illegal migrant and immigrant leeches draining our dollars. Even our school system is overcrowded with foreign nationals, demanding for even more bilingual teachers. Throw out all the pro-illegal immigrant politicians, Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs and councilors and city managers in the streets. Don’t let the Liberals in our administration sidetrack it, as they did with proposition 187 in California. It seems like only the growing millions in the TEA PARTY understands that America is heading for insolvency, thanks to the Liberal progressives. The TEA PARTY is waiting for your membership to stop these travesties of the “Rule of Law.” and press Congress from borrowing more money from Communist China and other investors, to pay the interest on the 14 Trillion dollar debt.

    • Noah Kaplan says:

      As a former Arizona resident and school teacher, I want to disagree with a few of your characterizations. I agree that Arizona is hurting financially, however I think you are ignoring the fact that the financial woes have been exacerbated by the drop-off in tourism and boycotts of Arizona products associated with this law. American businesses have realized the impact that this draconian regulation has had on the state, which is why Arizona businesses helped to defeat further state regulation of immigration. Bilingual education is illegal in Arizona. The only thing the state has done to try to educate the rapidly growing immigrant population is to segregate them into separate classrooms where the teacher is banned from speaking to students in their native language. This segregation requires extra teachers because school’s have to create a special class, but there is no bilingual element at all. It seems very contrary to the Tea Party’s rallying cries to demand more government. Tea Party Congress people want to bleed the federal government dry by continuing to cut taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, and then Arizona says it has to regulate immigration because the federal government isn’t doing the job well enough. If the Tea Party really wants to improve the safety and reduce the porousness of American’s borders, they may have let the federal government have the tax dollars to do it.

  2. Karen Foster says:

    @Noah…your democratic roots are showing dear…and I think the American public is pretty tired of it.

  3. Les Kaplan says:

    Wow – you really brought the Tea Party out with this one son!

  4. mark spivey says:

    why are only feds allowed to racially profile and arrest illegal immigrants who are suspected of being in the country illegally are state and local police to stupid to help or is it because the feds really don’t want to inforce the law after all airzonia wants to do is help the feds

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