Arizona’s Immigration Law Finally Takes Effect

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, September 18, 2012

Two years after it passed, and after partially surviving an Obama administration court challenge, Arizona’s tough immigration law took effect Tuesday.

“Today is truly an important day for Arizona and supporters of the rule of law,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement saying that state and local police will now begin enforcing the law.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court upheld the law’s key provision that allows police to question the legal status of those they believe to be in the U.S. illegally. The court did strike down other parts of the law that would have created state penalties for immigration violations, but a majority of justices said letting police check immigration status is not, on its face, a violation of the Constitution.


The law had been held in check while other the Obama administration challenge and several others wound their way through the lower courts. But on Tuesday the federal judge who had blocked the law more than two years ago lifted that order.

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  • jj astor

    Let’s see how long it takes for someone to start  screaming about having been “profiled”  and file a lawsuit. The ACLU and La Raza are just dying for this to happen. Then they can get some left-wing judge to issue an injuntion against it and we’re back to square one….

  • jedsrael

    Obama will put up with it until after the election.

    If he wins, look for Reconstruction III to gain strength with Arizona’s suffering the Federalized Little Rock Treatment.

    If he loses, look for him to immediately sign an Executive Order that GOP Romney won’t dare overturn for fear of being deemed a racist.

  • Defiant White

    QUOTE:  But on Tuesday the federal judge who had blocked the law more than two years ago lifted that order.

    Yeah, the people be damned, right?   A lawyer wearing a black robe can now rule like a king and we must all obey.