Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has agreed in its ruling that portions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation, SB 1070, should have been stopped.
Portion of Senate Bill 1070 were halted by the lower federal court of Arizona five months ago and one year after the state’s Governor, Jan Brewer, signed the country’s toughest immigration legislation. The lower court blocked the portion of SB 1070 that gave policemen right to check the immigration status of anyone they stopped and to hold them indefinitely.
The appellate court seemed to have problems with detainees being held indefinitely while their immigration status was being determined. The judges were also questioning what was considered a ‘removable offense’ which is the grounds a police officer could ask someone’s to prove they were in the country legally.
This legal matter can eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.