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Donnelly Claims Victory in Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arizona's controversial immigration law and local lawmaker Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), a staunch opponent of illegal immigration, praised part of the court's ruling Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down several provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law Monday but upheld a key provision that pleased a local lawmaker.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia), who represents Monrovia in the state legislature, said he was happy that the court upheld a provision of the law allowing Arizona to require police officers to check the immigration status of people they lawfully stop.

Donnelly had this to say about the decision on Facebook:

Today, the Supreme Court struck down a number of provisions, but upheld one key provision of the Arizona Law (SB1070), which requires police officers to check the immigration status of someone they suspect to be in the country illegally. Governor Jan Brewer remarked, "This is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than 2 years of legal challenges, the heart of SB1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the US Constitution. Godspeed to Arizona! Godspeed to California! Godspeed to the United States of America.

The Los Angeles Times called the decision a victory for President Barack Obama.

"The decision may be a partial, symbolic victory for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, but it is a much bigger win for President Obama," the paper wrote. "His administration had sued to block the Arizona law from taking effect, and it prevailed on three of the four provisions under dispute."

Holly Hale June 26, 2012 at 02:02 AM
As I understand it, under the SCOTUS ruling, illegal immigrants are not considered illegal and can seek work. Is that correct?
Bob Dollins June 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The entire law was not "struck down". The part stating that an Arizona policeman if pulling a person over for some other violation and the officer suspects the perp may be illegal, can ask for proper identification and if finds that person is illegal, report them to the proper authorities. To those of you who think Arizona's law is "illegal"; how would you feel if a group of people suddenly appeared in your back yard, set up a tent, started using your water and electricity? Would you let them stay? Hell No! You'd call the police and have them removed from your yard ASAP. So, looks what is happening to our country's "back yard" and you don't want law authorities do something about it? Look up the word "sovereign" as in State or Country.
Holly Hale June 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Bob, States are supposed to have rights outside of the feds. You are right about that. I don't understand why POTUS is giving them such a hard time except that, to me, he comes off as a supreme bully. Every country is the world has immigration laws and they are enforced. Why can't ours be? All are welcome but please come in the front door, not the back. Somewhere along the line I think some brainwashing has gone on to convince certain groups they are "owed" by the USA. And the feds aren't going to help AZ either, is what I read last night. Maybe in the past 24 hours that has changed but last night someone was throwing his weight around. Does he not know EVERYONE, regardless of party, will get sick of the power trip?

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