Governor Jan Brewer is pushing to have the Supreme Court rule on the controversial SB 1070 law that was passed and signed into law almost a year ago today.
Talking to Fox News anchor Martha McCollum as a guest on her program On the Record, Brewer said, "The bottom line is, is that every knows that the 9th circuit has a reputation of being very, very liberal and—but I thought maybe two bites at the apple maybe we would be better prepared for the Supreme Court. But then after deliberating and thinking about it, I said, 'Let's just go to the Supreme Court.'"
Essentially, Gov. Brewer wants the Supreme Court to overturn a 9th Circuit court ruling that put the most controversial parts of SB1070 on hold, including: Giving state and local police the power to check the immigration status of people they stop; making it a state crime to work in Arizona without legal authorization; and allowing authorities to make warrantless arrests when probable cause exists on deportable offenses.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-AZ) told Latina.com at the time that further state appeals would be costly and result in even deeper divisions among Arizonans over the controversial law. “In the long term, the damage is going to be on the texture of our communities in Arizona, whether you are Latino or non-Latino,” the Tucson congressman said. “It’s not healthy.”
It could take until October for the Supreme Court to hear the case.