* Governor to petition lifting of injunction
* Crackdown has wide support in state
By David Schwartz
PHOENIX, May 9 Arizona's Republican Governor
Jan Brewer said on Monday she would seek an "immediate
petition" with the U.S. Supreme Court to lift an injunction
blocking key parts of the state's controversial crackdown on
Brewer signed the law in April 2010 requiring police to
check the immigration status of anyone they detained and
suspected was in the country illegally. It was challenged by
President Barack Obama's Democratic administration in a lawsuit
arguing it improperly meddled in federal issues.
A federal judge blocked key parts of the law shortly before
it came into effect in July, in a ruling upheld last month by
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
But Brewer told a news conference in Phoenix she would seek
an "immediate petition" with the Supreme Court to lift the
"When faced with injustice, Arizonans will not sit idly, we
will act," Brewer, accompanied by state Attorney General Tom
Horne, told reporters.
Arizona's tough crackdown had wide support in the state,
which borders Mexico, and across the United States, but was
opposed by Obama and civil rights groups.
Opponents of the law said it would lead to harassment of
Hispanic-Americans, while Obama has called such "piecemeal"
state legislation a mistake, and warned that having 50
different immigration laws around the country is untenable.
Obama supports a comprehensive overhaul of immigration
laws, including tightened enforcement on the Mexico border,
establishing a path to citizenship for millions of illegal
immigrants who pay a fine, learn English and go to the back of
He is expected to give a policy speech on immigration in El
Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.
In its ruling last month, the appellate court also upheld a
lower court injunction against provisions in the Arizona
immigration law requiring immigrants to carry their papers at
all times and banning people without proper documents from
soliciting for work in public places.
Other provisions, including measures preventing drivers
from hiring day laborers off the streets, went into effect.
Brewer said the pursuit of the appeal in the U.S. Supreme
Court was about "defending and protecting the safety, the
health and the welfare of Arizona citizens."
(Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton and Philip