Brewer asks Supreme Court to throw out injunction against SB 1070

PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD) - Governor Jan Brewer wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put the most controversial parts of SB1070 on hold.

Monday morning's announcement from the governor and attorney general Tom Horne follows last months appeal's court decision that uphold a lower court injunction while the case is heard.

The state launched a counter lawsuit against the federal government earlier this year.

In response to the governor's request, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu issued a joint statement.

"We need our nation's top court to weigh in and lay the ground rules for what states can and cannot do, and we applaud Gov.. Brewer for appealing to it directly. The Supreme Court must take up this issue that is critical to law enforcement efforts from Arizona to Georgia and across the country. Then all the states will have clear guidance on exactly what border security efforts they can undertake in the face of the federal government's shortfall."

Andrei Cherny, Arizona Democratic Party chairman, gave the following statement:

"We agree that the fate of SB1070 should lie with the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona has a serious problem with criminal cartels that smuggle drugs, guns and humans across our border. Whatever the ultimate decision as to its constitutionality, SB1070 won't solve this problem. Let's settle this legal debate once and for all, so our state can move on from political games to real solutions on border security and comprehensive immigration reform."

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