State vs. Federal Law: SB 1070

Categories: Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

The controversial Arizona Immigration law has stirred up debate about the extent the federal government and the state government control immigration law. Last week Phoenix district court judge Susan Bolton enjoined key provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. Her decision stated that the federal government has primary authority over creating and enforcing immigration law, and that states cannot interfere with federal enforcement or undermine federal priorities. Her decision acknowledges how complex immigration law is and the harmful consequences of local law enforcement attempting to make immigration determinations. The judge also recognized the serious strain that this law would place on federal resources, thereby detracting from the federal government’s ability to enforce immigration laws in other states and target resources toward serious criminals.