Arizona Law Reasonably Suspect

Arizona Law Reasonably Suspect

The State of Arizona recently took time out from coining its own currency and making foreign policy to pass its own immigration law, known as SB 1070. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked implementation of several key provisions because they would pre-empt federal authority and impose an undue burden on legal immigrants and visitors.

The judge also determined that Arizona used two ineligible players in 2007-8 and must vacate all wins involving them, eliminate a scholarship for 2012-13, and spend two years on probation.

Oh, wait. That was the NCAA ruling on Arizona basketball.


Read the full injunction and NCAA details.

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4 Responses to “Arizona Law Reasonably Suspect”

  1. M. Bouffant Says:

    I’m waiting for Governor Brewer to send the AZ National Guard to Iran because the Obama Administration isn’t stopping the alleged Iranian nuclear program.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    M.Bouffant wrote: I’m waiting for Governor Brewer to send the AZ National Guard to Iran because the Obama Administration isn’t stopping the alleged Iranian nuclear program.

    I’m waiting for her to start her own nuclear weapons program.

  3. Mike Licht Says:


    Excellent plain language breakdown of Judge Bolton’s ruling:

    “What the ruling against Arizona’s immigration law means,” Jenn Kepka, Salon.

    On the NCAA ruling:

    “Wildcat Scratch Fever,” David Moltz,

  4. Mike Licht Says:

    Flikr user IMPEACH OBAMA1 wrote:

    It has just been pointed out [by whom? – ml] that Judge Bolten’s defiant ruling on SB1070 has in effect made Arizona a Sanctuary State!

    It is currently FEDERAL LAW that non-citizens carry their papers with them at all times.

    Wrong. Citizens of other countries who are permanent U.S. residents must carry a current registration card (“Green Card“). Temporary visitors from abroad may or may not have visas (there are dozens of “visa waiver” countries) and, as far as I know, even longer-term students and workers with visas do not need to show them on demand to anyone but USCIS officials.

    Her ruling creates a loop hole to this Federal Law in Arizona that says that immigrants of any kind-legal or illegal DON”T NEED TO CARRY THEIR IMMIGRATION PAPERS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA.

    Wrong. Her ruling prevents local police from stopping and detaining any U.S. citizens they think are “foreign-looking” for an unspecified period of time until their citizenship status can be determined. Most Americans don’t even have U.S. passports, let alone carry them.

    Requring all Americans to carry national identity cards as “internal passports” would be a significant erosion of rights, the kind of thing we used to chastize the Soviets about. You seem to favor this approach, Comrade.

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