TIME FOR SUCCESSION?
“STATES HAVE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES”
An Arizona sheriff believes the Supreme Court will ultimately have to overturn Wednesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton that blocked implementation of most of the new state measure cracking down on those who are in the country illegally.
Judge Susan Bolton handed a victory to President Barack Obama and supporters of illegal aliens by preventing the most significant sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect on Thursday.
She gutted the sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws, the requirement that immigrants carry their papers at all times, and the section which bans illegal immigrants from seeking employment in public places.
Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County believes this case will be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
“Our best chance at a favorable decision is…to solve this once and for all. States have a right to protect themselves,” Sheriff Dever says. He adds that “the lame argument in federal government that this law somehow interferes with their ability to enforce immigration law is just ludicrous” because “they’re not getting it done to begin with.”
Cochise County, which borders Mexico, is one of the main routes into the U.S. for illegal aliens.
Sheriff Dever maintains that the federal government has “been talking about partnerships and empowerment since September 11 with state and local law enforcement authorities to get the job done. Arizona steps up [and] says, ‘We’re ready to take on our part,’ and they sue us.”
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he is not surprised by Judge Bolton’s ruling, and adds it will have little impact on his planned “crime-suppression” operation scheduled for this weekend.
“That’s not going to affect our human-smuggling or employer-sanction investigations that wasn’t addressed in that law,” Sheriff Arpaio insists.