Arizona Law Start Date Still In Limbo

Some Arizona residents were worried that after the Supreme Court made a decision on June 25 about the state’s immigration law would mean the legislation would immediately go into effect. Despite the fact that controversial Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said that she believed the law had potential to go into effect in the near future, not all legal experts agree that the law will be enacted that quickly.

The Los Angeles Times reports that in order for the law to go into effect, the lower court must lift an injunction. Although some individuals believe these proceedings could take months, others believe it may happen within the next few weeks or even days. According to the source, the first step toward the injunction is to return the case to the 9th Circuit for review.

Many are upset that the Supreme Court ruled most of the key provisions unconstitutional, but allowed for one of the most controversial points, the “show me your papers” law, to pass. The law states that Arizona law enforcement officials have the right to pull individuals over at random to ask to see proof of legal U.S. citizenship.

A group gathered on June 26 in Miami and stood with signs reading phrases such as “Supreme Mistake” and “Brown is Not a Crime,” showing their opposing view to the decision. According to MSNBC’s The Bottom Line, some individuals believe the immigration policies are going to affect the job market in a negative way. Judy Gans, the program manager for the immigration policy at the University of Arizona, is one such individual.

“The shortages that these laws create are real,” Gans said. “The wages would have to go up a lot for there to be an adequate supply of native-born workers.”