Arizona Governor Appeals Immigration Ruling

Posted July 29, 2010 at 4:38pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has filed an expedited appeal to Wednesday’s court ruling that blocked the most contentious pieces of the state’s new immigration law.

Brewer filed her appeal Thursday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in response to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling, which halted the portion of the Arizona law that would require police to determine the immigration status of anybody who they suspect may be in the country illegally. Bolton also blocked a provision that would have required immigrants to carry their status documents at all times.

In her appeal, the Arizona governor requested that the 9th Circuit Court hear oral arguments during the week of Sept. 13.

She bashed the Obama administration for not taking action on comprehensive immigration reform and blamed it for the debacle unfolding in her state.

“Illegal immigration is an ongoing crisis the State of Arizona did not create and the federal government has refused to fix,” Brewer said in a statement.

“If the federal government wants to be in charge of illegal immigration and they want no help from states, it then needs to do its job,” she added. “Arizona would not be faced with this problem if the federal government honored its responsibilities.”