According to the Associated Press: “Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers have filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona’s new immigration law on hold.”
How the Ninth Circuit will decide this matter is unpredictable because although it is a mostly liberal Court, there are some conservative judges who may be among those selected to decide this case. Whatever the Court decides, this case is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court where the issue of state immigration laws should be decided once and for all. My two cents: If immigration laws vary from one state to the next we as a nation will be shifting from the United to the Divided States of America.
This issue belongs in the hands of a responsible Court that can apply the laws of the land to the cold facts. Immigration is more of an emotional issue than a rational one for many on either side of the debate. One thing that being a lawyer and closely following the politics related to immigration have taught me is that with most people, emotion trumps logic.