Over the past several years, it has been no secret that the Obama administration is trying to prevent Arizona from enforcing federal immigration law. In fact, such a desire to stem the tide of illegals crossing the state’s southern border with Mexico led to a federal lawsuit against Arizona.
A ruling this week by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals further targets the state’s attempt to curtail the ongoing invasion by forcing Arizona to provide driver’s licenses to those young illegals protected by Obama’s executive action.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who has previously taken firm positions against amnesty, commented on the decision in a statement Monday.
“It is outrageous, though not entirely surprising, that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has once again dealt a blow to Arizona’s ability to enforce its laws,” she said.
She went on to note that the three judges on the panel – each appointed by a Democrat president – “disregarded judicial precedent and procedure.”
According to Brewer, Obama not only exacerbated the problem of illegal immigration that is currently affecting her state disproportionately; his administration is also preventing Arizona from acting in its own best interest by upholding existing laws.
“I am analyzing options for appealing the misguided court decision,” she asserted, noting that Americans are “tired and disgusted” by the federal refusal to act.
She promised those disillusioned by the current administration’s stance on amnesty that “Arizona will continue to fight for the rule of law.”
For many pro-illegal activists, however, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona’s legal director, the ruling is cause for celebration.
“It’s a very important win for the plaintiffs,” said Dan Pochoda, whom he says “have been very much harmed by this policy, this vindictive policy by the governor.”
Following Obama’s executive order instituting deferred action against certain illegals, Brewer announced her own executive action denying driver’s licenses to these foreign nationals. Supporters of the move – along with Brewer’s legal team – assert the policy cuts down on the unauthorized use of licenses for public assistance and other purposes.
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