Kansas law makers are adding their two cents to the discussion on a judge’s decision to block a controversial part of the new Arizona immigration law. Both Moran and Tiahrt noted their disappointment with the judge’s actions.
“I am extremely disappointed in Judge Bolton’s ruling,” Moran said. “Arizona is only trying to enforce our nation’s laws—something the federal government has failed to do. Lawsuits against states like Arizona do nothing to stop illegal immigration. Rather than spending money on a lawsuit, the Obama Administration should have used those resources to secure the border,” said Moran.
“The Arizona immigration law is constitutional, reinforces federal law and should have been upheld in its entirety today,” said Tiahrt. “This ill-advised ruling only makes it more difficult for Arizona to protect its citizens. If the Obama administration would do its job and enforce current immigration laws, then the Arizona law would not be necessary. However, President Obama has failed to act and so Arizona must compensate to safeguard their state from the war happening along our border.”
Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling did not prevent portions of the Arizona law from going into effect Thursday but does grant much of the Justice Department’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Arizona legislation. Bolton’s ruling exempts the requirement that police determine the immigration status of people they arrest or question from the law. In her 36-page ruling, Bolton said she feels that portion of the law would interfere with the federal government’s authority to establish immigration policy.
Bolton’s ruling only addressed the government’s lawsuit and did not take into account law suits filed by other organizations. The Arizona government has vowed to fight the judge’s ruling, taking it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.