Gov. Jan Brewer will attend the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing in San Francisco to watch her lawyers try to convince the judges to let the state enforce its new immigration law.
"She believes very passionately that she needs to be there to represent the perspective and viewpoints of the vast majority of Arizonans who agree with the defense of the rule of law,'' said gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman. He also said that while Brewer won't be able to speak or testify, her presence at the Nov. 1 hearing may underline for the judges hearing the case the importance of the issue to the state.
At issue is an injunction issued in July by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton against key provisions of SB 1070.
One requires police to check the immigration status of those they have stopped if there is "reasonable suspicion'' they are in the country illegally. Others placed on hold include making it a state crime for undocumented workers to seek employment in Arizona and requiring immigration status checks on everyone arrested before they can be released.
Bolton said those sections appear to be preempted by federal law. She also concluded letting Arizona enforce its own immigration law could harm both those legally in this country and the interests of the federal government.
Senseman acknowledged there will be a cost for travel for Brewer, a press aide and security detail but he said said Brewer has been ``frugal'' with her office spending.