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Defending its legality, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed the toughest state law in the country designed to combat illegal immigration.
The governor rejected claims that the legislation, which gives police more power to stop and detain those not in this country legally, amounts to legalized racial profiling. She said the measure, in the version that finally reached her desk, contains sufficient protections to individual constitutional rights.
And if that isn’t enough, Brewer signed an executive order requiring that all police officers get proper training about when they can – and cannot – stop and question people about their immigration status.
The governor pointed out, both in her statement and the executive order, that the new law prohibits police from using race or ethnicity as the sole factor in determining whether to pursue an inquiry.
But she conceded that it does permit either to be used as one factor for an officer’s consideration. And she defended the language.
“We have to trust our law enforcement,” Brewer said. “Police officers are going to be respectful,” the governor continued. “They know what their jobs are; they’ve taken an oath. And racial profiling is illegal.”
But Phoenix attorney David Selden, who was involved in unsuccessfully challenging a 2006 state law aimed at companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants, said allowing race to be used as a factor at all is unconstitutional.
“That was a strategy used by white segregationists when they were trying to gut the (federal) civil rights bill,” he said. Selden suggested the same logic may be at work here.
Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who crafted the legislation, defended the language. He said it recognizes that 90 percent of those who come to this country illegally are from Mexico or points south.
“You can’t just say it’s not ever a factor,” he said. “It may be.”
Anyway, Pearce argued, it will not allow police to pull vehicles over solely because occupants are Hispanic. He said police need some other reason to pull someone over in the first place.
The Supreme Court has turned down ACORN’s request for help in its lawsuit claiming Congress was wrong to shut off the activist group’s federal funding.
The high court on Friday refused to throw out a decision by the federal appellate court in New York City. That court had decided to freeze a judge’s determination that Congress acted unconstitutionally in yanking the group’s funding.
Now that Obamacare has been rammed into law we get to see just how much we were lied to by the radical left and the state-run media.
The federal government released a new report on the cost of Obamacare and the results are troubling. The report comes from actuaries from Medicare and Medicaid. Medical costs will skyrocket rising $389 billion in 10 years.
SEC Inspector General (IG) David Kotz announced today he will open an investigation into the timing of the SEC suit filed against Goldman Sachs.
“I have received the letter and do intend to conduct an investigation at the request of Congressman Issa,” Kotz said today in an appearance on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto.
A heroic homeless man, stabbed after saving a Queens woman from a knife-wielding attacker, lay dying in a pool of blood for more than an hour as nearly 25 people indifferently strolled past him, a shocking surveillance video obtained by The Post reveals.
Some of the passers-by paused to stare at Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax last Sunday morning and others leaned down to look at his face.
Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate’s request, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice.
Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles
The bloodiest day of the year in Iraq left at least 69 people dead in a series of bombings in mainly Shiite areas Friday.
No one has taken responsibility for the blasts, but officials were quick to blame Sunni-led insurgent groups for attacking at a particularly fragile time as Iraq awaits formation of a new government.
Doctors in Spain say they have carried out the world’s first full face transplant on a man who severely damaged his face in an accident.
Doctors at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron University Hospital say they were able to give the man a new nose, lips, teeth and cheekbones during 24 hours of surgery. Thirty doctors were part of the surgery that occurred in late March.