DOJ Sues Arizona over SB1070 News Roundup

The Department of Justice has officially filed suit against Arizona's SB1070 immigration law yesterday. I have compiled much of the reaction to the federal lawsuit here. Peruse at your leisure.

AP - Bob Christie - Feds vs. State Again in Suit Against Arizona Law - Link

The federal lawsuit against Arizona's tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.

The lawsuit filed in Phoenix federal court on Tuesday sidestepped concerns about the potential for racial profiling and civil rights violations most often raised by immigration advocates. Experts said those are weaker arguments that don't belong in a legal challenge brought by the White House to get the measure struck down.

USA Today - Editorial - Our View on Immigration: Suing Arizona Hurts Chances For Immigration Overhaul - Link

The irony in the Justice Department's lawsuit to block Arizona's obnoxious new immigration law is that neither the suit nor the law would be necessary if Washington had done its job enforcing federal immigration laws in the first place.

New York Times - Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Its Immigration Law - Link

CNN-John King - Immigration Law Heats Up - Link <

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New York Times - Arizona Law Causes Split For Governors Sharing Border - Link

For nearly 30 years, the governors of the states that line both sides of the United States-Mexico border have gathered to celebrate border bonhomie. They issue proclamations and pledges to work together, air grievances and concerns behind closed doors and pose for the cameras in symbolic showings of cooperation.

......Ms. Brewer happens by rotation to be the chairwoman and host of this year’s conference, scheduled for September at a resort in Phoenix. But after all six Mexican border governors wrote to her to say they intended to boycott the gathering to protest the new law, Ms. Brewer sent a letter of her own last week to the governors on both sides of the border saying she was canceling the whole conference.....

.....The Mexican governors had written that they would not step foot in Arizona because they considered the law, which Ms. Brewer signed in April and continues to promote, to be “based on ethnic and cultural prejudice contrary to fundamental rights.”

Washington Post - Chris Cillizza - The Fix - Immigration Emerging as a 2010 Issue - Link

Democratic strategists see the Arizona law as a key moment in the ongoing battle to win the loyalty of Hispanic voters. They believe that it will have a similar chilling effect for Republicans with Latinos as the passage of California's Proposition 187 did in the 1990s.

Republicans, on the other hand, believe that Democrats are badly out of step with the American people on the immigration issue. They cite the Obama administration's aggressive approach to fighting the Arizona law is yet more evidence of that out-of-touchness.

In that vein, nearly two dozen House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday describing the legal challenge as the "height of irresponsibility and arrogance."

Arizona Republic - EJ Montini - Federal Lawsuit Against SB1070 Will Resolve Nothing - Link

So far, the only people benefitting from the hoopla over the law are the political candidates who are stumbling over themselves in order to look tough on immigration and border security. Already members of Arizona's delegation are rushing out statements, most of which condemn the very institution -- Congress -- where they work. And we're supposed to reelect them?

Many of these people have been in office for some time, decades even, and have done… nothing.

So, what we have are people who have done nothing arguing over lawsuits that do nothing concerning a law that, so far, has done… nothing.

Welcome to America.

KGUN 9 News - David Rush - Gov. Brewer Reacts to Federal Lawsuit Over SB1070 - Link

Governor Jan Brewer called the federal government's lawsuit over Arizona's new immigration law, "wrong." In a statement released today, the Governor said, "it is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law."

Brewer called Arizona's immigration law "reasonable" and "constitutional" and mirrors the same federal law that has been on the books for decades. "Arizona's law is designed to complement, not supplant, enforcement of federal immigration laws," said Brewer.

The Governor did applaud the Obama administration for not pursuing claims SB1070 will result in racial profiling. "I am pleased that President Obama and the Department of Justice did not pursue the baseless claims of illegal racial profiling in the lawsuit," Brewer said.