Great news about Arizona’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Senate Bill 1070

Alert date: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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OFIR members and supporters: 

The Supreme Court accepted Arizona's appeal of the case despite pressure from the Obama administration not to.

Last year Arizona passed SB 1070 because the federal government has been derelict in enforcing federal immigration laws. Arizona stepped into the void with SB 1070 and a number of states have joined with them by passing similar laws.

The Obama administration has tried to block the Arizona law from being enforced. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton supported the Obama administration when she blocked parts of the Arizona law from taking effect. Subsequently the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld her decision on a 2-1 vote.
The Supreme Court’s eventual ruling will likely have a bearing on the fate of similar immigration laws adopted in the past year by Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.
Fortunately for citizens, Justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the case.This opens the possibility of a 4-4 tie which would leave the 9th Circuit Court ruling standing, but the case would create no Supreme Court precedent and other circuit courts would not be bound by the 9th Circuit's ruling.
Lets hope that the Supreme Court rules in favor of Arizona’s right to defend its citizens.