Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has gotten a lot of heat over the last few months over a controversial immigration law called SB170. The law would require people who are suspected of being in the country illegally to show documentation that they are in the country legally. The law angered many people in the Mexican and Latino community. The negative reactions by many people forced the Justice Department to file a lawsuit to stop the bill from being fully implemented. According to news.yahoo.com, “Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona’s border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes.”
Brewer’s Odds of Succeeding with Her Counter Suit Claim
The topic of immigration in the state of Arizona is a hot button issue. There are many people of Mexican and Latin decent in the state, and many people only think of Mexicans when they hear the term illegal aliens.
Brewer does not have a very strong chance of winning her counter-suit in the courts. According to abc15.com, “the Associated Press reports a judge blocked the most controversial portions of the law, such as a requirement that says police, while enforcing other laws, must question people’s immigration status if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.”
The topic of immigration reform has been debated before and with the economy terrible and unemployment high, the Obama Administration does not want to have to address the topic. The courts have already blocked most of the controversial portions of the immigration bill. It is very unlikely that the counter-suit would make any judge go against the United States government. Rehashing the immigration reform issue would only create problems because the issue is one that voters are not very concerned with right now.
The Supreme Court will most likely take up this matter because even if Brewer won her counter suit, there would still be an appeal process. The immigration bill has many issues that impact civil liberties and privacy rights for Arizona residents. The police would basically only be asking people of Mexican or Latin descent to see their residency paper, which many people say is racial profiling.
If the counter-suit proceeds and it is won by Brewer, then it would give a precedent to other states so that they could pass similar laws. The issue then would negatively impact Mexican and Latin people who would be targeted wherever they go. Most people do not carry their birth certificate or immigration papers on them wherever they go. People who cannot produce this documentation would then be detained by the police and questioned. This would raise racial tensions in many states and cause many innocent people to be harassed.