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-- our top story the United States Supreme Court deciding to take up the case of the constitutionality.
Of state immigration laws Arizona in particular agreeing to rule on Arizona's controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants after an appeals court.
The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in particular blocked several of its key provisions.
Now a Supreme Court ruling could have a major impact not just on Arizona but on several other states with immigration laws like the one in Arizona.
Also being challenged by the DOJ.
Tom -- is the attorney general for the state of Arizona.
And Tom you're the man who started this whole mess or what have you to say for yourself now that you have -- nine justices of the US Supreme Court.
How serious is this.
Well I guess we're only burning eight because one is recusing yourself but this is very important.
The the ninth circuit ruled two to one against us.
Invalidating parts of our law and I think that there's some.
But little understood parts of that that -- are very important to be overruled for example.
The two judge majority said that Arizona was trespassing on federal monopoly of foreign relations.
Now we haven't opened any embassies or consulates surrendered in the trade deals but they're talking about is that we've passed a law that foreign countries disagree with.
And they say because foreign countries disagree with us.
That's him pinching on the federal monopoly on foreign relations well there -- a lot of things we do -- foreign countries disagree with capital punishment they disagree with that.
If we reach the point where a federal court can cancel a state law.
Because foreign countries disagree with that and therefore we're trespassing -- federal monopoly of foreign relations.
The the sovereignty of the whole country is going to be reduced and I think it's important that that be overruled by the United States Supreme Court.
But this -- this probably did not come as a -- total surprise to you that this is one of the government's arguments because.
We saw of them get one or at least you know stand by as friends of the court -- were submitted by countries like Mexico and we we got several other countries.
Weighing in on -- dispute between.
Arizona and the federal government saying.
But justices this laws bad we don't like Arizona lot's gonna lead to discrimination against our citizens and it seems to be -- now our federal government.
Is is you know citing as evidence.
That's correct these Mexico and a number of other foreign countries intervened they're allowed to file briefs they argued that that our law should be invalidated.
And the ninth circuit listen to them rather than deciding American law and American principles and I think it's very important.
That the United States Supreme Court overruled that and uphold the sovereignty of the United States are -- shouldn't matter -- -- a matter of foreign countries disagree with our laws.
You can -- you must feel -- what you know.
Good that they've they're taking up this case because you lost at the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and now you wanna see that -- so if they had not taken your case he would you know.
You'd be you'd you'd be going Leon happy but it could wind up 44.
-- could wind up you know the -- conservatives.
Four and then we'll -- any justice and then it just is normally gone but she brought -- would have ruled against you don't you think.
Yes justice Kagan probably would have ruled against us in any case it normally -- -- -- -- to four and Justice Kennedy.
It's often the deciding vote five to 41 way or another.
So the fact the justice Kagan doesn't participate probably -- not that important let me give you another example of something that I think it's important to be overruled.
Our senate bill 1070 says that of a policeman.
Correctly stop someone arrest him and has reasonable suspicion that persons here illegally.
He must call -- he doesn't have discretion.
Well the ninth circuit said that we -- we're imposing on the federal government's decision as to how it would allocate its resources because it would have to answer these phone calls.
The dissent pointed out that it is doesn't require a lot of resources to answer the phone.
And that there is a -- a statute passed by congress that requires that -- respond to all inquiries from federal state or local police officers.
Regarding the legal or illegal status of people in this country so the decision of the ninth circuit is contradicted by a federal statute.
-- giving viewers an idea what will happen because in Arizona says the feds aren't enforcing the border they're not you know doing enough to crack down an illegal immigration to Arizona says.
It was left with very little choice but to pass a lot of try to crack down within its own borders if the Supreme Court rules against you or the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stands.
What's gonna happen what how will you be able to police illegal immigration within your borders of the fence if they -- -- -- arguing that they control all of the states can do almost nothing.
What happens next.
Well the US -- -- court is reviewing for provisions in senate bill 1070 that were.
Ruled illegal by the ninth circuit but there are a lot of other provisions and senate militants have -- that that have taken effect and that are in effect now for example.
The prohibition against century cities which I think it's very important it.
Always -- it may may be upset that cities expect people who respect their laws but they don't respect federal law.
A provision saying that people can't seek work in a way that disrupts traffic.
We have a provision that prohibits racial profiling something often look overlooked by our critics.
We have a lot of with its illegal to import somebody into the country illegally -- Arizona illegally.
So the number of provisions in senate built and seventy.
That are in effect but I do think it's important that the Supreme Court -- that I circuit on these four issues that were were ruled against us and vindicate senate -- seventy.
General -- thank you so much for being -- -- Good to be with you thing.
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