Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer said on Monday she would seek an "immediate petition" with the Supreme Court to lift an injunction blocking key parts of the state's controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Brewer signed the law in April 2010 requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone they detained and suspected was in the country illegally. It was challenged by President Barack Obama's Democratic administration in a lawsuit arguing it improperly meddled in federal issues.
A federal judge blocked key parts of the law shortly before it came into effect in July, in a ruling upheld last month by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brewer told a news conference in Phoenix she would seek an "immediate petition" with the Supreme Court to lift the injunction.
"When faced with injustice, Arizonans will not sit idly, we will act," Brewer, accompanied by state Attorney General Tom Horne, told reporters.
Jan forgot to finish the sentence with the missing two words: "like assholes." She's very, very eager for the Supreme Court to strike down her little "Let's round up all the brown people" law, I guess.
While the three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit last month determined 2-1 that provision forcing police to check immigration status in the Arizona law were unconstitutional, all three judges agreed that Arizona had no right to create its own state-based immigration policy when that right is clearly reserved in the Constitution for the federal government, upholding the lower court injunction against the provisions to punish illegal immigrants at the state level.
In other words, the bill is a mess. It will not pass muster in its current form. The only question is how much of the law will be struck down.