Less than thirty days after receiving 56% of the vote and within hours of a Gubernatorial proclamation as law, Prop 200 has been (temporarily) thwarted by MALDEF and U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury, a Bush II appointment.
Prop 200 is an Arizona ballot measure that would require proof of citizenship for all voters and limit public welfare benefits for non-citizens.
Sounds simple enough. But MALDEF and its friendly judge disagree.
"Attorneys for MALDEF argued that the denial of welfare benefits would "jeopardize the health and well being of families and children" and that the proof of citizenship provision would "disenfranchise thousands of voters." Illegals proposition on hold in Arizona By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times December 2, 2004.
Judge Bury was apparently more worried about "undocumented aliens" than about the citizens of his state:
"In his order, Judge Bury, nominated by President Bush in 2001, said the proposition would have `a dramatic chilling effect upon undocumented aliens who would otherwise be eligible for public benefits under federal law,` adding that state officials have acknowledged there is no `tangible harm` to halting the law for now."
There will be a hearing December 22. Email Bury [here] if you want let him know how you feel.