Immigration reform placed on the back burner by many states during their legislative sessions. Arizona's immigration bill garnered a lot of attention; however, lawmakers are squeamish about passing state laws they will have to defend in court.
Yes Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law last year, but a federal court judge ruled portions of the bill unconstitutional. The 9th circuit court in Arizona upheld the ruling. Now Governor Brewer and Russell Pearce, the state senator who sponsored SB 1070, have sworn to take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
At first it appeared Arizona was not alone in its fight to stop illegal immigration. More than 25 states wrote their own immigration laws, feeling the federal government's inaction on the issue has made it a state's right. Many of the bills are going nowhere; the economy is taking precedent over immigration reform.
Other states dropped their immigration reform measures when business groups joined the opposition. Georgia and Utah were the only states to pass comprehensive immigration bills. Arizona had five new immigration bills defeated in the senate. People want states to focus on the economy not immigration reform.
Many lawmakers worry about lawsuits against immigration laws. Key components to SB 1070 are in limbo, and many Arizonans want a recall election for Senator Russell Pearce. It is wise to put immigration reform on the back burner and focus on the economy. Work on balancing budgets and watch how the fight for SB 1070 plays out.