Politics: Federal Judge rules Arizona can enforce its immigration law

Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday September 6th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - In a victory for the 10th Amendment, Arizona may enforce its immigration laws

Moments ago, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that Arizona police can enforce the most controversial portion of its immigration law.  The ruling will allow Arizona law enforcement to question the citizenship of people stopped for other infractions. Those found to be in the country illegally could then be handed over to immigration authorities for processing.

Liberals, including the President's own Justice Department, have spent two years arguing that this is somehow deeply offensive - often comparing the law to the Nazi cliché of asking for "your papers please." The government’s lawsuits have all been based on the idea that the law will lead to racial profiling.

Today's ruling is a big win for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, whose attorneys have argued that the profiling argument is nothing more than speculation, and that there's no evidence that officers would employ such profiling as they carried out their duties.  

Law enforcement officials have already been trained to avoid discriminatory practices and, under the law, police must have reasonable suspicion that the person in question is in the country illegally before asking their immigration status. If that legal bar is not met, cases will likely be thrown out.  Still, that's unlikely to quell the faux outrage.

Let the cries of "racism" begin.