Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said a state Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law was a "big victory" for the state.
Gov. Jan Brewer called a rare news conference after the close of business to set the stage for the now inevitable implementation of Arizona's controversial immigration law.
"Today is a big victory for Arizona," said Brewer.
She told roughly two dozen journalists that she expects the law to go into effect within two weeks.
The final hurdle for the embattled law, known as SB 1070, came in the form of a court challenge from the ACLU. The organization argued that the portion of the law that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld violates the fourth and 14th amendments of the Constitution.
But Judge Susan Bolton, who originally enjoined the main parts of the law, ruled that in light of the Supreme Court ruling, the ACLU could not prove the law had harmed anyone because it has yet to take effect.
"This was not an easy argument to make, in light of the Supreme Court's decision," said Alessandra Soler, who is the ACLU executive director.
The provision of the law at issue requires police to investigate someone's immigration status if an officer reasonably suspects that person is here illegally and the officer has come into contact with the person as a result of a legitimate law enforcement reason aside from immigration.
Signing the law was widely credited with Brewer's election to a full term as governor, but it has also had negative impacts on the state. Organizations and businesses threatened to boycott Arizona, although it's unclear what actual impact those threats had.
Despite the controversy, Brewer said she still stands behind the law.
"I believe in the rule of law. I believe that America believes in the rule of law and I believe that 70 percent of the people of Arizona support and believe in the rule of law."
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