Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Bring It On: Holder Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona SB 1070
Eric Holder's Justice Department today filed suit against Governor Jan Brewer and the State of Arizona, over the fact that Arizona wishes to help the federal government do its job.
In a document that covers more paper (25 pages) than the law against which they are filing suit (10 pages), Barack Hussein Obama's non-partisan legal team claims that, "Although states may exercise their police power in a manner that has an incidental or indirect effect on aliens, a state may not establish its own immigration policy or enforce state laws in a manner that interferes with the federal immigration laws."
The suit goes on to state, "The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country."
Although the Holder Justice Department believes that a "patchwork" of immigration policies is not permitted by The Constitution, it is interesting to note that to date there has not been one lawsuit filed against any city that has declared itself a "Sanctuary City," even though "Sanctuary City" policy flies directly in the face of federal law.
Additionally, it should be noted that the federal government is more than willing to accept help from local and state officials any time any other federal laws are broken, such as in the case of bank robbery, or upon the transportation of weapons or other contraband across state lines or international borders. Yet conveniently the federal government seems to have complete disregard and disrespect for Arizona's attempts to provide assistance in border and immigration enforcement.
However, in this instance the Obama administration's chief legal counsel seems to believe that the nation is better served by filing suit against their own, rather than protecting their own against forces that wreak havoc and may potentially bring harm within America's borders.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who is named as a defendant along with the state, called the lawsuit "a terribly bad decision."
"It is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law. As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels," Brewer said in a written statement.
She continued, "Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice. Today's filing is nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds."
If you wish to read the Holder Justice Department lawsuit, it can be found here.
Politico.com has an article here about the lawsuit.
AZCentral.com, the online presence of The Arizona Republic, offers the Associated Press report on the situation here.
For a view from the radical left, The Huffington Post and its commenters can be read here.
If that's not enough for you, there's plenty more discussion at Memeorandum.