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Cuccinelli's reaction to Arizona ruling 'mixed'

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who to judge from his twitter feed had been eagerly awaiting Wednesday's court ruling on Arizona's new immigration law, said he has "mixed" feelings about the decision. U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton issued an injunction blocking the most controversial parts of the law from going into effect Thursday.

Cuccinelli (R) filed a friend of the court brief along with attorneys general in eight other states supporting the Arizona law. Cuccinelli tweeted on Saturday that he had a "big week coming," citing the upcoming Arizona ruling among other expected developments this week. The Obama administration has argued Arizona overstepped its authority with the law, which required law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they believed might be in the country illegally.

"Much like the ruling itself, my initial reaction to the ruling is mixed. I am pleased that she rejected the federal government's argument that the entire statute should be enjoined and I am also pleased she found that it was unlikely that the federal government's arguments would prevail with respect to certain provisions of the law," Cuccinelli said in a statement. "However, I am disappointed that Judge Bolton found it was likely that the federal government's arguments would ultimately prevail regarding other provisions of the Arizona law."

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart has called on Virginia to adopt a law similar to Arizona's.

Cuccinelli noted that Wednesday's ruling is only preliminary and does not mean the court has held such laws to be unconstitutional.

"Judge Bolton's ruling was limited to the motion for a preliminary injunction and was not a final decision on the merits of the case. The ruling is only the first step in the process. I continue to hope that, ultimately, the courts will find Arizona's effort to protect its citizens to be constitutional," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 28, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Corey Stewart , Immigration , Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Arizona could pass a state ID requirement of everyone over 18, which is legal. Then they could run road blocks to check for IDs like the cops do for drunks on New Year's Eve, which is also legal.

It'll take a federal law and an organized boycott to prevent Arizona from moving forward on their larger goals.

They should never have allowed the situation to get this bad in the first place. It places a heavy burden on the better angels of peoples' consciences, and they should not do that.

Posted by: blasmaic | July 28, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

A very easy way to stop illegal aliens coming into this nation? Make it a felony and 5 years in prison instead of a stupid civil infraction. Make Washington enact E-Verify a permanent and mandated law, along with 287 (G) arrest, question and detain for ICE. Companies must--SHOULD-- be held responsible for applying a new and modified E-Verify with massive penalties, including painful fines, business asset confiscation and imprisonment. WITH FEDERAL COURTS EVIDENTLY AGAINST A STATE PROTECTING ITS CITIZENS-LEGAL RESIDENTS ECONOMICALLY AND FROM OVERWHELMING CRIMINAL ACITIVITY aND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION. Locate detention centers in the deserts of America, with tent cities like Sheriff Arpaio has in Arizona for all illegal aliens. Reward whistle-blowers, for those informing on businesses, corporate, factories and stores that are hiring illegal aliens. Build the--REAL--double, parallel border fence and a standing in-perpetuity military zone. The real fence is not is constructed now, as their is no second fence within the perimeter of the barrier between Mexico and our sovereign nation.

In conclusion remove all political incumbents who approve of AMNESTY of any kind and those who undermined the Arizona SB1070 immigration law in their speeches. WE HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR CAREER LAWMAKERS IN NOVEMBER--THE JOBLESS LINES AT THE EMPLOYMENT CENTER.THIS SHOULD INCLUDE GOVERNORS, MAYORS, JUDGES AND POLICE CHIEFS, APPEASING SANCTUARY CITIES , TOWNS AND MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND HOUSEHOLDS. Tell what your federal or State Senator and Congressman can expect, by wording your furious disapproval at 202-224-3121 Discover the truth not lies at NumbersUSA and JudicialWatch on illegal Immigration. The epitome of Pro-amnesty and allies of special interest, open borders is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Nany Pelosi, Janet Napolitano and many more.

Posted by: infinity555 | July 28, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

infinity555
You are ignorant, uneducated and a moron.
You clearly do not understand the why people come here. You need to go back a couple of decades and examine the foreing policy of your government toward Latin America. But maybe that is too much for your limited mental capabilitie.

Posted by: rabanito | July 28, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder for those who hope that this ruling will be reversed: Somebody's going to have to pay for it. There will be increases in Arizona and any other state enacting similar legislation because of the expense of more police, new equipment, and so on. And there will be increases in Federal taxes because the people who are arrested by state and local cops still have to have their cases reviewed at the Federal lever, and that will mean more Feds.
If you're against bigger government and higher taxes, you're against the Arizona bill. Be consistent and quit whining.

Posted by: jlhare1 | July 29, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Congress needs to streamline the E-Verify process then fine employers of Illegals $100,000 for each one and have fines for employers of up to 1 year for each Illegal. When there are no jobs the illegals will leave on their own at no expense to the taxpayers.

Posted by: roguecowboy | July 29, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

No one voted for Ken to act like a radical freak, but yet he's treated his election like a mandate for extremist politics. It's pretty disgusting.

Posted by: Nymous | July 29, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Clearly we are war in America. A war between two factions: one, which wants to keep America strong and keep America's borders and sovereignty intact - and the other who are determined to transform America into a third world, helpless, hapless ghetto.

Notice how the latter use the judiciary rather than the ballot box to reach their means.

Arizonans wish to have the rule of law in place. Others outside the state wish to enforce their own sick and twisted morays, through a hack, appointed, judiciary - on them.

Last time this happened, shots were fired at Ft Sumpter.

I wonder where this one will begin.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | July 29, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

The AG needs to give it up and quit wasting his time and salary and our money chasing after rainbows. This dude needs to remember that the Civil war settled all of this and if he wants to continue then he needs to pull VA out of the Union. Go for it idiot, take the state backwards but let the rest of us get out before it implodes. Or lets recall this poor excuse for a public official.

Posted by: 1set | July 29, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Ken's (and others') radical and alleged "Christian" fundamentalism is a bigger threat to this nation in the long-term than any Islamic fundamentalism. They are really not all that different -- both seek to impose their reactionary personal morality, through the government, on everyone -- like it or not.

Meanwhile, folks are scared up and fundamentalist leaders are given a pass on solving our real problems. Great plan. Sheesh.

Posted by: hmaulden | July 29, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Ken's (and others') radical and alleged "Christian" fundamentalism is a bigger threat to this nation in the long-term than any Islamic fundamentalism. They are really not all that different -- both seek to impose their reactionary personal morality, through the government, on everyone -- like it or not.

Meanwhile, folks are scared up and fundamentalist leaders are given a pass on solving our real problems. Great plan. Sheesh.

Posted by: hmaulden
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Yeah! Shame on you Ken for wanting to enforce federal laws already on the books. You are a real b@$tard for not wanting to support a bunch of people who not only aren't putting anything into the system but are breaking the law every day and benefitting from the generous American taxpayer that they have the nerve to call racist.
Only a piece of cr@p would expect people to conform to the laws.
How you sleep at night knowing that some poor pitiful criminal will be housed and fed and pampered in our great country and they don't have to pay a dime, when you should be lobbying for them to be installed at the Hyatt Regency, is beyond me. I know you revel in the fact that illegals have the support of our (supposed) POTUS while he flips us (American Citizens) the bird and calls us racist for asking him to enforce the laws on the books.
Shame on you Ken.
NOT!!

Posted by: tjmlrc | July 29, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Kookinelli -== one of the leader's of the American Taliban religious zealot wing --- has little or no credibility on this or any other issue driven by his narrowminded, ignorant, and divisive agenda.

Posted by: fendertweed | July 29, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Let's send Obambi and his "fellow travelers" down to Mexico. All the ILLEGALS can then go back down there and elect him president of that great country. We would be happy and all the ILLEGALS and their misguided supporters can then worship their messiah.

Posted by: emyers12345 | July 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The fact that they are even talking about implementing similar laws in VA and elsewhere is a testament to the great people of Arizona!

The fact that it's in the national discussion at all is a victory for the majority of Americans, who are fed up with the invasion of illegals in this country.

The politicians can't hide anymore. The political parties cannot ignore this issue anymore.

Thank God for leaders like Brewer and Cuccunelli!

Posted by: impeachemall | July 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Business as usual for Ken Kookynutty.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 29, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Cubans get automatic asylum upon setting foot on American soil, due to U.S. opposition to Cuba's totalitarian regime. No conservative would ever speak out about that. But there are totalitarian regimes around the world. Inconsistent?

Posted by: Sutter | July 29, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Boycott Arizona. Hit 'em in the pocketbook for this racist piece of garbage. It reminds me of Nazi Germany. Do you haf your papers? People seem to forget that this is a country of immigrants. As for the "what part of illegal do you not understand?" specious argument, tell me you've never done anything illegal - never exceeded the speed limit, never trimmed on your taxes or an expense report, never jaywalked, never run a red light or any similar infraction, either inadvertently or deliberately. It's kinda like being little bit pregnant. A little bit of illegal is okay if it's you, but somebody else's illegal is not. Bull. Boycott Arizona. Hit 'em in the pocketbook. Hit 'em hard. Make 'em pay. Make every other two-bit bushwa, mostly southern state think twice about this piece of trash. I'd like to think that we in the US are better than this, but lately I'm not so sure.

Posted by: TheWizard1 | July 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The immigration issue is an agonizing problem. The Republicans have no taste for federal reform because they know business is against curbs to cheap labor. The Dems want votes. The end result is nothingness.

There is nothing wrong with enforcing our federal immigration laws, it's a matter of how do we do it without racial profiling.

We mostly hear about the negative side of immigration, such as a burden to services. What we don't hear enough about is the benefit of immigration. For example, most top level scientists and engineers in the USA are imported. We desperately need top level science and engineering talent for industry to make new and innovative products to export. It turns out that insufficient numbers of American youngsters get advanced degrees in science and engineering.

Immigration is both a benefit and a burden. It requires more imagination than simply kicking out illegal aliens. We must balance legal vs. illegal immigration in ways that benefit but not hurt our economic productivity.

All we are getting at this point at the federal level is avoidance of the problem by both parties.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | July 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

VirginiaConservative why don't you fire the first shot, since you think it’s a good ideal. I don't believe any of you DONKEYS will fire a shot. Always talking what you are going to do this and that. Remember this IDIOT you are not the only ones with GUNS others do too. The question is are you willing to lay your life on the line. I don’t believe you are. If so maybe you should show us and fire the first SHOT DONKEY.

Posted by: access11 | July 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sure, give 'em five years in jail, that will get rid of them right away and save us a bunch of money. Give'em five years in jail so we don't have to pay for all those social services they are supposedly sucking down.

My idea is to let them work but charge them 2X for SS and medicare taxes. Solve the social security problem and send them back after five years, or every other year.

Posted by: Hydra1 | July 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure, give 'em five years in jail, that will get rid of them right away and save us a bunch of money. Give'em five years in jail so we don't have to pay for all those social services they are supposedly sucking down.

My idea is to let them work but charge them 2X for SS and medicare taxes. Solve the social security problem and send them back after five years, or every other year.

Posted by: Hydra1 | July 29, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To Virginia Conservative:

Please show how much y'all southerners love America by leaving again. Your 3rd world dream would come true (remember, the south is full of republicans, who hate education as much as the confederates hated doing any work). Worked out great for the 'federacy last time.

America would be the greatest country on earth without the south. Please leave. Traitors like you are simply not necessary.

U.S. Army Veteran

Posted by: bflorhodes | July 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"America would be the greatest country on earth without the south. Please leave."

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We tried once before. Tyrants in the North -- who didn't care about slaves but DID care about the gold Southern cotton brought in and the tariffs Southerners paid on imported goods -- sent the US Army to force us back into the Union.

Remember?

Posted by: pmendez | July 29, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"We tried once before. Tyrants in the North -- who didn't care about slaves but DID care about the gold Southern cotton brought in and the tariffs Southerners paid on imported goods -- sent the US Army to force us back into the Union.

Remember?"

Who is this "we" to which you refer, Senor Mendez?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 29, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If I go to Italy, France, Greece---ANY other country besides the one in which I am LEGALLY a citizen, I have to carry my passport, visa or papers to show, if asked--simply because I am NOT a citizen of THAT country. I expect to get asked, I expect to have to show them.

WHY, WHY, WHY do Mexicans or any other Nationality think that THIS country should be any different?! I would no more think of entering into Jordan or Syria or Turkey and expect to waltz in, get a job, or commit a crime on their soil------WHAT GIVES ANYONE THE RIGHT--the unmitigated GALL--(look it up in your Spanish/English dictionary) --to think you can waltz into America and expect to NOT show your papers. Our nation has been attacked by terrorists---it's a huge nation--but if you're NOT HERE LEGALLY--you do not have the right to ANYTHING--nothing, nada, zilch. We don't owe you a job.
If you want an American job--go to freaking CHINA--that's where they are!

Posted by: RainboWatcher40 | August 2, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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