Arizona Judge Doesn’t Ignore Reality

The illegal immigrant advocates may have a harder time than they believe.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has not indicated whether she will put the law on hold before it takes effect later this week, but as Associated Press notes, she did go beyond “dry legal analysis” at court hearings on Thursday to point out some of the everyday realities of illegal immigration and how they apply to the new law.

The judge noted that the federal government erected signs in a wilderness area south of Phoenix that warn visitors about illegal aliens and drug smugglers passing through public lands. She also regarded the stash houses where smugglers hide illegals before bringing them into the country’s interior as a fixture on the news in Arizona.

“She is aware of what is going on in Arizona,” [Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)] continues. “She lives with it every single day, just as everybody else in Arizona is living with it. And that is precisely why the vast majority of people in Arizona support this law because they do recognize that it’s having an impact on their lives, on their security, on their tax dollars, [and] on everything that’s important to them.” Mehlman concludes that it is “impossible to ignore the realities that exist.”

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