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Supreme Court to Hear the Arizona Case in April

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    Court ruling could prompt more deportation reviews - Administration has time until March 19

    "It's totally a political minefield," said Laura Foote Reiff, a Washington-area immigration lawyer. She added that additional appeals are likely to force the administration to address broader immigration issues that have lingered as comprehensive immigration reform has failed to gain bipartisan support, including which illegal immigrants, if any, should be allowed to stay in the United States.

    "They (the administration) don't want to be put in this position, but now they are, and they should stand up and do the right thing," Reiff said.
  2. gg's Avatar
    Please note, i actually intended to post the above link under the "9th Circuit Court of Appeals Orders DOJ ...." story ..
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    The U.S. Department of Justice challenged the law before it went into effect in 2010, and a U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix imposed an injunction preventing several portions of the law from going into effect. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction, and Gov. Jan Brewer petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court.
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    The Big Money Behind State Laws

    The American Legislative Exchange Council was founded in 1973 by the right-wing activist Paul Weyrich; its big funders include Exxon Mobil, the Olin and Scaife families and foundations tied to Koch Industries. Many of the largest corporations are represented on its board.

    ALEC has written model legislation on a host of subjects dear to corporate and conservative interests, and supporting lawmakers have introduced these bills in dozens of states. A recent study of the group's impact in Virginia showed that more than 50 of its bills were introduced there, many practically word for word. The study, by the liberal group ProgressVA, found that ALEC had been involved in writing bills that would:
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    Bill aims to ban DUI checkpoints

    "We say that citizens have a right against unreasonable searches," said Butterfield. "The Utah Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court have both held that they are constitutional under very narrow guidlines, but that's problematic."

    MMm I wonder if they think the same of ICE check points or local authorities(like Arpio) setting up check points for Immigration violations??? After all UT passe a copy cat law on Immigration.
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    In a dissent of the ruling, Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain wrote that the court had "only the slimmest authority even to review the exercise of prosecutorial discretion ... we certainly lack authority to demand a pre-emptive peek into whether and when (and no doubt, before long, why) the executive branch will exercise such discretion."


    It sounds rather bizarre. Rather than waiting to hear from the prosecutor, the court is beating them to the punch over something they theoretically may or may not do. Why would a decider of fact care one way or the other? The only thing I can think of is if the case fell into a category which the prosecutor already indicated they intend not to prosecute but in this instance the prosecutor supposedly is examining them on a case-by-case basis.
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