The state of Arizona is appealing a judge's decision from earlier this month that ruled that a provision in the state's illegal immigration enforcement law that makes it a crime to harbor illegal aliens is unconstitutional. The provision makes it a crime to transport, shield, or harbor an illegal alien within Arizona's borders, but federal district judge Susan Bolton barred the provision during her Sept. 5th ruling.
Attorneys for Arizona governor Jan Brewer say the state will file an appeal on the ruling with the Ninth Circut Court of Appeals.
"The transport and harboring of illegal aliens leaves a path of crime and violence across our state, from the human smuggling operations to the drop houses where torture and blackmail are commonplace," Gov. Brewer's spokesman Matthew Benson said in a statement. "Combating these problems, in cooperation with federal law, is well within the police powers of a state taking action to preserve the safety and well-being of its citizens."
During her Sept. 5th ruling. Judge Bolton upheld the most controversial provision of Arizona's illegal immigration enforcement law that allows police officers to inquire about immigration status during legal contact when they have reasonable suspicion that an individual is in the country illegally.
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Updated: Fri, Sep 28th 2012 @ 9:30am EDT