This post will be updated frequently today to keep you posted as the stuff goes down in Phoenix AZ.
The ACLU and the Federal Department of Justice have their first hearings for an injunction today. Judge Bolton hasn’t issued any rulings on previous motions filed against the new law and it is unknown whether she will issue any rulings today. The rulings will determine how SB1070 will go into effect on the 29th. Judge Bolton has said that she is unlikely to issue an injunction against the whole law, but against parts of the law that might overstep Arizona’s power.
The outcome of these hearing will also determine how other states wanting to adopt their own SB1070-like laws approach the issue. So far, 10 “states or entities” have filed amicus briefs supporting SB1070:
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virginia (I guess 9500 Liberty wasn’t enough of a clue for them)
- Northern Mariana Islands
- “God” (Immigration Clearinghouse, Feathered Bastard)
Update 1 12:51 pm Rick Sanchez is interviewing nazi Harry Hughes outside of the hearings. Will post a video when it becomes available. This is representative of the changes underway in Arizona.
Update 2 2:43 pm Not entirely related, but remember in March Senator Reid was all about immigration reform (probably because he was polling poorly) then gave up on it in April?
The energy bill is much further down the road as far as a product,” Reid said. “So common sense dictates that if you have a bill that’s ready to go, that’s the one I’m going to go to. Because immigration, we don’t have a bill yet.
Well, Democrats have given up on the energy bill. So we got nothing, no immigration reform, no energy bill (It was really crappy anyway but getting something done would have been good.) Have Democrats not learned that Republicans are just playing them?
Update 3 5:24 pm 7 pro-immigrant protestors were arrested outside the courthouse. Bolton will not issue any rulings today. We are not optimistic that she will grant an injunction as she’s quoted saying some discouraging things:
Bolton, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, repeatedly questioned Justice Department attorney Edwin Kneedler to explain how specific provisions of the law intruded on federal authority as he had argued.
“Why can’t Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish to people who have entered the United States illegally?” she said.
Without prodding from attorneys, the judge also pointed out to lawyers the everyday realities of Arizona’s immigration woes, such as signs that the federal government erected in a wilderness area south of Phoenix that warns visitors about drug and immigrant traffickers passing through public lands.
She also noted the immigrant smuggling stash houses that are a fixture on the news in Arizona. “You can barely go a day without a location being found in Phoenix where there are numerous people being harbored,” Bolton said. Bolton, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, repeatedly questioned Justice Department attorney Edwin Kneedler to explain how specific provisions of the law intruded on federal authority as he had argued.