Jim Kouri
Clinton judge rules against Arizona immigration law
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By Jim Kouri
July 28, 2010

A President Bill Clinton appointed federal district court judge in Arizona today blocked what are considered the most important provisions of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect.

The overall law may still take effect tomorrow, but without the provisions that required police officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, a recognized liberal-left Democrat, ruled that those sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. The ruling came just as Arizona police police were preparing were preparing to begin enforcement of the law. Meanwhile, illegal aliens and their advocates are celebrating their victory over a majority of American citizens, both in Arizona and the nation at-large.

"I have had a chance to read [Bolton's] ruling and find it devoid of any common sense. It's double-talk designed to appear as legal jargon. It's a shoddy verdict by a political hack," says former law enforcement officer-turned-attorney Lawrence Pressman.

"It's so evident that this judge wanted to stop this law from taking effect and searched for a rationale for stopping its implementation. I'm personally planning to investigate her credentials, her qualifications and her record," said Pressman.

While the political elite and advocates for illegal aliens appear to be willing to say and do anything to halt the enforcement of immigration laws at the federal and state levels, the fact of the matter is that an overwhelming majority of Arizonians support the legislation signed into law by Arizona Governor Janet Brewer. National polls also reveal that the vast majority of U.S. citizens favor Arizona's law with about 17 additional states seeking to replicate the controversial legislation,.

While most news organizations are covering the story from the point-of-view of illegal aliens and their benefactors, economic experts say that they believe the overall trade between the United States and Mexico, valued at around $1 billion a day, is unlikely to suffer.

The new law is being mischaracterized by political leaders, community activists and even members of the news media.

For example, in a Reuters story, the reporter, Tim Gaynor, states that the law "requires state and local police to check the immigration status of those they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally. Opponents on both sides of the border say it is a mandate for racial profiling. And they'd be right if indeed that were the gist of the Arizona immigration law.

Truth be told, the law does not "require state and local police to check immigration status of those they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally." The law requires Arizona cops to check the immigration status of those suspects who are detained for an offense other than an immigration violation. If a man is apprehended for shoplifting, for example, then and only then are police officers directed to ascertain the suspect's immigration status.

While scolding the people of state of Arizona for their new immigration enforcement law, President Barack Obama and his minions repeatedly demonstrate their lack of enthusiasm for protecting the U.S. borders and cracking down on illegal (criminal) immigrants.

After years of debates, congressional votes, government studies and political posturing by lawmakers, the so-called "virtual fence" continues to cause more problems than it solves, according to testimony at a session of the House Homeland Security Committee.

In a compromise that met with disappointment by those who advocate tighter border security, instead of walls or chain link fencing, the U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security Department created the concept of virtual fence security that includes surveillance cameras, motion or heat sensing detectors, radar, and supposed state-of-the-art control towers designed to detect and prevent illegal immigration and drug smuggling into the United States.

According to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the security contractor — Boeing Co. — is installing the hi-tech physical security system. The original plan called for a completion date by December 2009 at a cost of $1.1 billion for a virtual fence. According to the report obtained by NACOP, Boeing requested that completion date to be amended by seven years.

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