Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who called on the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a ruling that put the most controversial parts of the state's immigration enforcement law on hold, says she decided not to take the case back to an appeals court first because her state “is bearing the brunt of all the illegal immigration in the country.”
Brewer also said on Fox News that, although Arizona probably will not know until October whether the high court will hear the case, she decided to take the Supreme Court route because of expense and the fact that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has a very liberal reputation.
“The bottom line is, is that everyone knows that the 9th Circuit has a reputation of being very, very liberal,” Brewer said. “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.’
“You know, these things are so expensive and they take so long,” she said. “And in the meantime, Arizona is just bearing the — the brunt of all the illegal immigration in the country. And so we — I decided that we need to move forward and we’re going to do just that.”
Brewer was asked whether she thought her legal team thought the Supreme Court would hear the case or whether it would agree with critics that immigration issue should be handled on the federal level. The Justice Department has argued that the Arizona law intrudes on its exclusive authority to regulate immigration and burdens legal immigrants.
“If they’re not going to enforce that law, then why can’t Arizona help them enforce the law? The bottom line is, is it is their job,” Brewer said. “They are not doing it. We're going to step up and we're going to do it, if we can, in a manner which protects the people of Arizona.
“The people are frustrated,” she said. “This issue is not going to go away.”
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