Key Parts Of Arizona Immigration To Remain On Hold

Apr 11, 2011

A lower court's injunction that blocks parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law from going into effect was upheld today by a federal appeals court.

The Arizona Republic writes that "the ruling comes almost a year after Gov. Jan Brewer [R] signed the nation's toughest immigration law into effect and five months after the appeals court was asked to consider overturning the injunction."

As The Associated Press writes, "Arizona's law included a provision that would require the police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and whether the suspect is in the country illegally. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court did not abuse its authority by enjoining key sections of the state law, including the police requirement."

NPR's Ted Robbins notes that the U.S. Justice Department challenged the Arizona law, known as SB 1070 for its bill number in the Arizona Senate. Justice officials argue that the measure encroaches on federal law. The next likely step, Ted says, will be an appeal by the bill's sponsors to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Indeed, the Republic says that "bill sponsor Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, attended the hearing and predicted this outcome. 'We know this will survive,' Pearce said of the law. 'This is the most overturned court in the nation. We'll win it in the Supreme Court.' " Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit