Today, the Obama administration filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, seeking to throw out AZ’s new immigration law, SB 1070, which US Attorney General Eric Holder had admitted not having read. The law is due to go into effect beginning July 29.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix called SB 1070 a law that blatantly violates the Constitution. The lawsuit says there are comprehensive federal laws on the books that cover illegal immigration — and that those statutes take precedent. “In our constitutional system, the federal government has pre-eminent authority to regulate immigration matters,” the lawsuit says. “This authority derives from the United States Constitution and numerous acts of Congress. The nation’s immigration laws reflect a careful and considered balance of national law enforcement, foreign relations, and humanitarian interests.”
What the Obama administration will not tell you is that Arizona was driven to adopt SB 1070 BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ENFORCE ITS OWN IMMIGRATION LAWS.
The Obama administration is seeking an injunction to delay the July 29 implementation of SB 1070 until the case is resolved. It ultimately wants the law struck down. The lawsuit sets the stage for a high-stakes legal clash over states rights. At least 20 other states have or plan to adopt tough immigration laws similar to Arizona’s.
In the meantime, MSNBC has an online poll: “Do you support Arizona’s tough new law on illegal immigration?”
In July, Arizona will begin enforcing a new law that requires law enforcement officers to check someone’s immigration status if they have reason to suspect that he or she is in the country illegally. Do you think this is a good idea?