The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court upheld the ban on enforcing parts of Arizona's SB 1070. The decision highlights what many opponents have been saying for some time--states who make such laws will face considerable expense. Jan Brewer is already asking for money:
Bottom line is that I'm going to ask everybody tonight to remember my legal defense fund, because this is not cheap, but we can win. So I want people to go to KeepAZsafe.com and help us fight this battle.
As study after study has shown, undocumented immigrants are far more safe than the average American. In the context of a serious recession, then, it makes no sense to throw away money at the issue. Indeed, that rationale is reaching into Georgia:
“There is no reason for us to be forging ahead on this to be simply the second state to go forward and spend millions of dollars litigating this issue,” Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, said during an impromptu news conference before the Senate vote. “It doesn’t produce jobs unless it is jobs for lawyers. ... The bottom line here is we need to let this process work its way through the courts.”
Eventually it will go to the Supreme Court. And the country will have spent quite a lot on lawyers.