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Big Surprise: Gov. Brewer Vows to Appeal Immigration Ruling

Big Surprise: Gov. Brewer Vows to Appeal Immigration Ruling

The Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has vowed to appeal a federal court ruling that blocked key provisions of her state's new immigration law. Bloomberg reports that Brewer wants to appeal the decision made Wednesday by a U.S. district judge in Phoenix. Susan Bolton ruled that Arizona can’t mandate that police make a “reasonable attempt” to determine whether a person is legally in the United States and then detain him or her if there is “suspicion” that he or she isn’t. Nor can it be required that immigrants carry their documentation with them at all times.

The Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has vowed to appeal a federal court ruling that blocked key provisions of her state's new immigration law.

Bloomberg reports that Brewer wants to appeal the decision made Wednesday by a U.S. district judge in Phoenix. Susan Bolton ruled that Arizona can’t mandate that police make a “reasonable attempt” to determine whether a person is legally in the United States and then detain him or her if there is “suspicion” that he or she isn’t. Nor can it be required that immigrants carry their documentation with them at all times.

A legal professor told Bloomberg that Brewer would have a difficult time being heard by U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit in San Francisco. “The key provisions of the Arizona law were unprecedented. It’s a sound ruling," Temple University law professor Peter Spiro told Bloomberg.

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