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Obama Adminstration To Sue Arizona Over Immigration Bill

Obama Adminstration To Sue Arizona Over Immigration Bill

After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s nonchalant statement on Ecuadorian television last week that the Department of Justice planned to file suit challenging Arizona immigration law SB 1070, senior administration officials confirmed that such a suit would be forthcoming.  The lawsuit is not really much of a surprise.  Justice Department lawyers had traveled to Phoenix in late May to meet with Gov. Jan Brewer and state attorney general Terry Goddard to discuss the bill and try and find a solution short of a suit.

While the Justice Department has not publicly confirmed the nature of the claims, most believe the basis of the suit will challenge the state’s authority to intervene in immigration matters is preempted by federal authority.  In addition to the constitutional support such a legal theory has, it also has legal support from the previous Republican administration.  In 2007 the Bush administration successfully sued Illinois after it passed a law barring employers from using a federal electronic system to verify the immigration status of would-be employees.

Expect a suit to come soon though as the controversial measure is set to take effect in July.  That said, it is only one of many suits already challenging the measure in federal court.  Some of those cases have asked a federal judge to issue an injunction which would halt implementation of the measure while the legal issues get sorted out.  To date no such injunction has been issued.

Federal intervention obviously has significant political implications for both Gov. Brewer and President Obama.  Gov. Brewer has asked state attorney general Goddard took his office off the case after pressure from the Governor to do so.  Attorney general Goddard, a Democrat, has come out publicly against the measure.  He is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and if he gets it will face Gov. Brewer in the general election.

The move to intervene could be a political challenge for the Obama administration as polls show that Americans favor allowing states more rights in enforcing immigration laws.  But public opposition to the bill has been more vocal and apparent than those who support the measure, and Arizona is starting to feel the economic impact of widespread boycotts of the state in response to its passage.

It is also possible that the move to force a legal solution will force a political solution.  Immigration reform is a must in this country, and the Arizona bill, and the current backlash, might just be the catalyst for that reform. 

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7:17PM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Thank you.

7:16PM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Thank you.

11:04PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Also I'd like to add that many LEGAL Hispanics disagree about Illegals OF ALL NATIONALITIES using the border to get into the USA.. Laws are made for a reason, and anyone who breaks the US Immigration LAW has NO RESPECT for the country or its people!! what part of ILLEGAL is hard to understand?? many terrorist countries are also using USA's weak border protection to infiltrate America. Expect to see some serious terror threats come out of this whole mess about the border that Obama is NOT doing his duty to protect

2:07PM PDT on Jul 15, 2010

Judith.S Excellent comment! my African American husband does not consider himself in unity with Hispanics on the border issue..in fact there is NO reason to tie the two minorities together especially on this issue.. My husband does not support Obama either, and being from Texas he recognizes the illegal problem is hurting the economy ,as well as adding to the crime rate..

7:25PM PDT on Jul 14, 2010

Judith S. wrote:
Bette, why do you lump African-Americans together with illegal Mexican aliens? It is comparing apples to oranges. One was brought here against their will and America was built upon their back-breaking slave labor. The other is illegally coming here in order to reap the benefits of legal American citizens' hard labor throughout the many years. Americans built up this great country and illegals are tearing it down one anchor baby at a time. No comparison!

I compare as we all do conciously or not because I live in a country where I have the freedom to do so. You compare your comments with mine & apparently we are polls apart on one group or another.

There will always be the good, the bad & the ugly among all of us.

Agree?
We all tend to recall/remember the worst in another group or person best as opposed to the best. It is called human nature.

We praise or dam those who strike us one way or another. You choose to stick up for the blacks as opposed to the Mexicans.
That is your right & perogative. The same thing applies to me as well.

As unpolitically correct as it is I don't care for either group & there are no laws that says I must. Whatever I write is an opinion & no more. Same as you!!
The bottom line is this: Neither one of us is the other therefore we perceive differenty.
Agree?

Plant & protect trees for life................

12:26PM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

Judith......I'm on vacation right now but I will respond when I get back home!!

Plant trees & protect trees for life.........

10:54AM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

Bette, why do you lump African-Americans together with illegal Mexican aliens? It is comparing apples to oranges. One was brought here against their will and America was built upon their back-breaking slave labor. The other is illegally coming here in order to reap the benefits of legal American citizens' hard labor throughout the many years. Americans built up this great country and illegals are tearing it down one anchor baby at a time. No comparison!

8:34PM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Kathy W. wrote:

When Eric Holder calls SB1070 possibly unconstitutional, without reading the law, something is blatantly wrong.

Essentially this whole Mexican case as far as Obama & Holder go is one minority protecting another against the common decency of American laws. In other words this president & Holder are thumbing their noses at law abiding Americans.

Plant & protect trees for life............

6:05PM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

The Federal law, ICE287 is essentially the same law. There needs to be no question why the ACLU, and other entities have been protesting SB1070, because they also protested the federal ICE 287 program.
When Senor Wences, Felipe Calderon, from Mexico criticizes Arizona's law, something is blatantly wrong. How can Mexico's President, who enforces harsh immigration law/s, and knows little about Arizona's problems be given creditability?

When Eric Holder calls SB1070 possibly unconstitutional, without reading the law, something is blatantly wrong.

If people did read the bill they would find racial profiling is specifically addressed, and prohibited.
Why is it OK for a fed program to crack down on illegals, but if Arizona wants to enforce the same rules, Arizona is racist?

Are we a nation of children, allowing our nanny state to MISlead us? It's evident the media is not researching all the facts. When will people admit they are getting sc***ed; states are getting forced to protect themselves, because the federal gov. is not doing its job.

Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer has tried to help her constituents --- people need to try watching at least one political program a week/register for e-mails from their reps., or do something to know what their gov. is doing ---- if we don't know the truth, we don't know how to vote, and who the corrupt are, in order to BOOT THE CORRUPT OUT.

7:56AM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

to all the idiots who remain UNEDUCATED & UNIFORMED BY CHOICE:
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!
it's a blast to read your comments & be the person(s) actually living here & witnessing the BS first-hand! I feel sorry for you AND our country if you're registered voters...get the facts, use your God-given Intelligence (I hope it's there somewhere!) & shut the ___ up!
Those of U.S. who know better will pray for you~lol

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