- Putin calls Internet ‘CIA project’ that must be controlled
- Muslims offended that 9/11 museum movie speaks of jihad
- Obama marks Armenian massacre, avoids using the word ‘genocide’
- Gov. Rick Perry: ‘It’s not a dare, it’s a promise’; Texas will fight BLM
- Howard Dean cheers Obama’s approach to Russian aggression
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s childhood nickname? ‘The Surprise’
- Democrat Grimes backs Keystone XL pipeline in Kentucky Senate race
- China spends for 17 new warships as U.S. cuts back military
- In Japan, Obama plays soccer with a robot and warns students of climate change
- FDA proposes ban on e-cigarette sales to minors
Illegals proposition on hold in Arizona
A federal judge has blocked from enforcement an Arizona proposition that denies illegal aliens welfare benefits, just hours before Gov. Janet Napolitano was to proclaim it into law yesterday.
In a ruling late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury put the initiative on hold until he can convene a full hearing on Dec. 22.
“There are ‘serious questions’ regarding whether or not Proposition 200 is preempted by federal law. Second, there are ‘serious questions’ regarding whether or not Proposition 200 passes constitutional muster,” wrote Judge Bury, agreeing to a request by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Proposition 200 passed with 56 percent of the vote on Nov. 2. It would require voters to prove their U.S. citizenship and would prevent illegal aliens from obtaining certain welfare benefits.
After the judge’s ruling, Miss Napolitano, a Democrat, decided not to issue the proclamation making the proposition a law, said spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer. “Our interpretation of that order is she is prohibited from proclaiming the provisions from Proposition 200 into law.”
That drew outrage from those who fought to pass the measure. They accused the governor of purposely “slow-walking” to try to ignore the will of the voters.
“Evidently, the governor’s going to do what she’s planning to do all along and not sign a proclamation. Now we’re going to have to wait,” said Kathy McKee, who spearheaded the citizen effort to pass the proposition.
“The people of this state are so stupid to believe this political propaganda and these lame excuses, and I guess they deserve the type of government we’ve got,” she said.
Adding to the confusion, her group is fighting with the national Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which also backed the measure, over how broadly to interpret the bar against public benefits for illegal immigrants.
But both groups agree the governor should proclaim the law now to give it more force going into the court cases.
“Proposition 200 is definitely constitutional, it’s definitely legal,” FAIR Executive Director Dan Stein said. “Only Bozo the Clown would think the governor wasn’t slow-walking.”
Both groups say they don’t believe the governor or Attorney General Terry Goddard will adequately defend the proposition before the courts, and both plan to try to join the court case in order to present their own arguments.
“We are not going to stand idly by and allow the governor to suffocate the measure by not defending it,” Mr. Stein said.
Ms. L’Ecuyer called the charges of delay “silly” and said the governor expects the attorney general to defend the proposition aggressively.
“Arizona was prepared to implement, per the attorney general’s opinion, the provisions of Proposition 200 today,” she said. “We will continue to go forward as if the law will be implemented on Dec. 22.”
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Obamacare class-action suit opens a new legal front
- Obama avoids 'red line' for China, prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- 'Conservatives' should feel exposed by Bundy's racist comments: Scarborough
- Texas is next! AG warns BLM wants 90,000 acres after Bundy ranch standoff
- Sold out: Ukraine's leadership swapped best military weapons for cash
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- In its hunt for Senate, Republican candidates campaign against Harry Reid
- Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014