Arizona files legal brief hitting back at federal ruling against state’s immigration law
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers on Thursday filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona’s new immigration law on hold.
The governor says the federal ruling blocking portions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law “has caused irreparable harm” to the state’s residents.
Brewer wants the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to reverse the ruling U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made last month.
The governor’s office says Bolton abused her discretion by applying the wrong legal standards and basing her ruling on the federal government’s speculation that it would be harmed by Arizona’s law. Brewer says the judge ignored key provisions of federal law that allow states to enforce immigration law.