Courts Reject Another Arizona Immigration Law
On Wednesday, an 11-member 9th Circuit panel struck down a law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been accused with a range of felonies from shoplifting to murder.
Arizona’s authority to confront its illegal immigration woes was again reined in Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a 2006 voter-approved law denying bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes. The laws were passed as frustrations in the state were stoked by critics complaining of inadequate border protection by the federal government.
The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals follows other rulings that have gutted much of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
The panel ruled the law violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial.
But the courts have slowly dismantled Arizona’s recently enacted laws that deployed local police into immigration enforcement .
“It’s proved to be a failed experiment,” said Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor who specializes in immigration law.
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