Arizona to appeal judge’s ruling against part of immigration law
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer plans to fight a federal judge’s ruling against a part of Arizona’s tough immigration law that would have made it a crime to harbor undocumented immigrants, court papers showed on Thursday.
Lawyers for the Republican governor said the state planned to lodge an appeal with the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to remove a block placed on the measure by a lower court judge on Sept. 5. A formal appeal has not yet been filed.
The measure, which makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an undocumented immigration within Arizona’s borders, was barred by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton as part of a ruling allowing another key part of the law to go into effect.
Under the controversial “show-your-papers” provision of the law, which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, police statewide are now required to check the status of people they stop and suspect are in the country illegally.
Arizona’s immigration law is part of an attempt to crack down on the flow of undocumented immigrants streaming into the border state where an estimated 360,000 undocumented people live. Brewer signed the bill into law in April 2010, saying the federal government had failed to secure the state’s border with Mexico.
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