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9th Circuit refuses to lift injunction of immigration law

In this April 25, 2012 photo, protesters march against Arizona's illegal immigration law, SB1070, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Phoenix. Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Matt York)

   Protesters march against Arizona’s illegal immigration law, SB1070, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that bars enforcement of a minor section of Arizona’s 2010 immigration law.

In a 46-page ruling Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift an injunction against a portion of SB1070 that makes it a crime to transport or harbor immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The appellate court called that portion of SB1070 vague and “pre-empted by federal law.”

The ruling came out of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups.

The harboring ban was in effect from late July 2010 until a federal judge in Phoenix blocked its enforcement in early September 2012 as part of civil rights coalition’s challenge.

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7 comments

  1. It’s time for Arizona’s top officials to stop wasting millions of taxpayers dollars on questionable lawsuits, grandstanding in the Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court — for political gain. We’ve had enough. The money wasted could have gone to better use that would benefit the people. Stop self-destructing Arizona and its heritage and culture.

  2. Jan Brewer, Russell Pearce, Tom Horne Lose (Again) on SB 1070, This Time On Harboring Provision

    http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2013/10/jan_brewer_russell_pearce_tom.php?hubRefSrc=email&page=2

    “I should mention that though the Ninth’s ruling “upheld” the District Court’s preliminary injunction against the harboring provision, the effect, according to the ACLU’s Dan Pochoda, is essentially that of a permanent injunction.
    That is, unless our bumbling AG appeals and the Supreme Court overrules the Ninth.

    Um, don’t bet the double-wide on the latter.

    So why my hellish admonition above toward Horne, Brewer, Coughlin (the guy who told Brewer to sign 1070), et al.?

    ‘Cause these nudniks deserve some punishment for wasting money on 1070′s hateful enterprise, this particular portion of which sought to put ministers and good Samaritans behind bars for giving undocumented parishioners and fellow children of god a place to sleep or ride to the supermarket.” continued…

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