Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn a lower court ruling that stayed key parts of the state’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.
Today was the deadline to file the appeal, and those following the development of the law and the legal challenges expected the move.
Federal courts have come down harshly on the Arizona law, most recently denying Brewer’s request to have a district court decision barring enforcement of the law thrown out. The Supreme Court has discretion on whether to hear her appeal or not.
Brewer is arguing that the lower court decisions conflict with Supreme Court precedents.
So far the Justice Department has not responded to the notice of appeal, though it likely came as little surprise. Their position is the law intrudes on the exclusive authority of the federal government to regulate immigration, disrupts relations between the U.S. and Mexico and hinders cooperation between state and federal officials and burdens legal immigrants.
Should the Supreme Court agree to accept review of the case, arguments will happen during the court’s next term, which begins in October.
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