Arizona’s Immigration Law May Be Challenged By Justice Department Lawsuit As Early As Today

- By Bossip Staff

Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer told reporters, “We’ll meet them in court … and we will win,” when asked last month about a possible Justice Department lawsuit challenging her state’s immigration law. She may be eating those words sooner than expected. Details when you…

The Justice Department could file a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration law as early as Tuesday, an official tells Fox News.

The potential court action comes just days after President Obama delivered a speech calling on Congress to tackle a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. In the speech, he criticized Arizona’s law and warned that national legislation is needed to prevent other states from following suit.

The president did not mention the lawsuit, but one was widely expected. After the administration initially said it would take the law under review, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed last month in an interview with a foreign television network that the administration intended to challenge the Arizona policy. The Justice Department would do so on the grounds that federal responsibility for border enforcement preempts any state law on the issue.

The Arizona law, passed in April and set to go into effect at the end of July, makes illegal immigration a state crime and requires local law enforcement to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant on their residency status.

Obama and other top officials have criticized the law as misguided, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has slammed the administration for pursuing a lawsuit. She claims the administration has not done enough to secure the border — a charge the administration denies.

The Arizona law has touched off an intense national debate over immigration. The results of any court challenge would have wide-ranging implications, as a number of other states and jurisdictions have taken up tough immigration policies similar to Arizona’s.

The Obama administration has meanwhile tried to use the law as the impetus to prod Congress into tackling an immigration bill. While Arizona lawmakers defend their law as necessary to patrol the border, Obama described it last week as “unenforceable” and a vehicle for civil rights abuse. He said a “national standard” is needed and that he won’t “kick the can down the road” any longer.

Republicans bristled at the speech, though, and continued to urge the administration to better secure the border before tackling a comprehensive bill — which would likely include a pathway to legal status for millions of illegal immigrants

The immigration issue has divided the country in recent months. Does Arizona have a right to try and secure their own border without federal government interference? Or is the Justice Department just doing its part to protect people’s civil rights?

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  • Fritzy belle itzy

    first!!!

  • Hannibal

    BAFRAUD OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER

  • Hannibal

    ARIZONA SHOULDN’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SECURE THEIR OWN BORDER. THEY ARE JUST GONNA SNEAK PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY.

  • resurrected

    How does an illegal immigrant have the right to a legal court case in America about being in a country illegally does not make much since to me?

  • Shadow

    Cream on the inside clean on the outside…In her case, ugly on the outside and even uglier in the inside….If this thing even had a heart/soul it would be blacker than black.

  • Nique(C'mon Vamanos!!)

    SMMFH…

    Finally, the govt is doing something about immigration………but going against their own citizens!

    Only in America can u sneek ur a$$ over, then DEMAND some sh!!t..

  • Nique(C'mon Vamanos!!)

    **sneak
    **but= by

  • 2dimplzs

    Am I the only one totally disgusted by Jan Brewer’s WRINKLED clevage showing???? She has skin like the old lady in the bathtub in The Shining kissing all over Jack Nicholson!! YUCK!!!!

  • DISTURBIA

    YES AND CALIFORNIA SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT. THE STATE IS GOING BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. IF SOMETHING IS NOT DONE NOW THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN, THAT’S JUST THE TRUTH. GOOD ARIZONA IS STANDING UP FOR THEIR STATE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

  • homecookin

    Ok I guess I wasn’t first. Anyway, the only solution to our immigration problem is to literally militarize the border – with tanks, guns, whateva. We all know that making people carry “papers” and pulling them over for “suspicious reasons” is racial profiling. Have we not studied World History? Do we not remember how this sounds like the beginnings of the Holocaust? Of course not, people in Arizona don’t study history like that. DISGUSTING. And ditto what someone said about this lady’s wrinkled cleavage. YUCK!

  • Divine

    Finally! I am against illegal immigration. But I think the Arizona Bill is a slippery slope.

    The people/group who formed this bill also wrote also paper about having to stop the influx of non-whites in the country because white people arent as fertile as blacks and other minorities and would be outnumbered.

    This is what the bill is REALLY about.
    I wish people will read and understand what is really being said.

  • Isis

    As anti-immigration America has become I don’t see a lawsuit against Arizona’s laws being fruitful. Its a bad time for illegal immigrants, even other minorities are saying they have to go back to their homelands.

  • Divine

    Arizona is a racist state. Period.
    Its time to put thing in perspective.

    And Im ashamed that black people are OK with American citizens having to prove they are NOT illegal by carrying papers.

    I really dont want to support illegals.
    BUT I CAN NOT condone the witch hunt on latino americans.
    That is what will happen.
    Our history PROVES this is what will happen.

  • KanyeShrug

    One other thing:

    Why is it when you say “illegal immigrant” we immediately think Mexican, Hispanic . . .

    Aren’t there other illegal immigrants all up in this piece???????????

  • T Jefferson

    Am I the only one whose read the second paragraph of the Decloration of Independance? Sounds to me like it’s time to get a new Government

  • RiseAbove

    Follow me at classic_jay, worth your while!!

  • http://* Kristina

    @She said it, yep, but it’s more like millions. Hispanics make up the largest group of illegal immigrants in this country, and it’s not even close.

  • She said it.

    @ Kristina

    Thank you. As you can see, I was being conservative when I said thousands. What kills me is that Illegal Mexicans play this game that their rights are being violated. I still can’t find a clause that says illegals have rights to live in the U.S. Illegal Mexicans play head games like, we need reform. In my opinion..the only reform we need is to streamline the process but keep all criminals out and if you are not a political refugee or not dying from hunger……stay out. And what perturbs me the most is that illegal Mexicans are always waving their flag here. I don’t understand. Why not wave it in your country of origin which is right across the street????

    it is not racial profiling when 99.99999999% of people crossing the boarder are—-MEXICAN.

  • KanyeShrug

    I was just asking a question.

    Again, look at the man in the mirror.

    America needs to look at itself and it’s own culpability.

    We share a border with Mexico, and your own laws are causing this problem. Change the laws and maybe people will stop coming here, period!!

    and don’t get mad at me. I don’t think it’s propaganda. I just don’t think it’s my fight! {Kanye Shrug} . . .

    Yes, it does hurt, but what are WE, as Americans to contribute to the problem.

    The laws . . .

    Don’t get mad at me. I’m not the one hiring them, giving them places to live, free medical care, etc.

    My folk came in on the boat, and as Africans in America, we are the only immigrants that came to these shores against our wills. Everyone else came over because they were invited, or they just was sold the dream . . .

    In the words of Brooklyn’s finest:

    It was all a Dream!!

    Work it out America.

  • KanyeShrug

    s h o r e s against our will . . .

    we din’t land on Plymouth Rock . . .

    hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • KanyeShrug

    and the other illegals are so glad, because they are so far under the radar . . .

    S M H !!

    Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t no fan of illegals, but I’m intelligent enough not to deal with this because of how I FEEL, but want to deal with the logistics . . .

    I mean, how do we fix it? How you gonna stop people from coming over the border? Well, when you stop making it worth their while, they will stop coming.

    Also, get at the Mexican government to make them do something for their own people. They come here, make all the $$ and send it back to Mexico.

    I say Mexicans got it going on . . . and whose fault is that??????

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yourself!!

    @ Divine
    7/6/10, 12:25:pm
    Arizona is a racist state. Period.
    Its time to put thing in perspective.

    And Im ashamed that black people are OK with American citizens having to prove they are NOT illegal by carrying papers.

    I really dont want to support illegals.
    BUT I CAN NOT condone the witch hunt on latino americans.
    That is what will happen.
    Our history PROVES this is what will happen.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    100% AGREE.

  • KanyeShrug

    Demand more of Mexico and it’s people, while you’re at it.

    We turning it into a personal fight, but battle is not ours personally . . . it’s the government of America and Mexico . . .

    Why don’t you all who are so outraged contact the Mexican government and DEMAND that they do something for their people to stop them from coming here. . . that’s a start . . .

    then stop hiring, feeding, clothing, giving medical care, food stamps, and give it to your fellow Americans. . . you know the ones who BUILT this country, instead of those coming here to take what they can get . . .

    that’s the difference between the immigrant of today and the turn of the 20th century …

    Kanye Shrug . . . I will pray for you as you continue to be outraged instead of putting your money, time and energy where your mouth is, instead of on these blogs . . .

    Why don’t YOU run for office; then maybe YOU can fix all the things that Obama can’t . . .

    Kanye shrug . . .

    It’s easy to make it someone else’s problem, but use that outrage for something that will get results; going in on someone who just asks a question will not get the results we desire . . .

  • donutkiller

    I would rather see my tax dollars go trying to correct what desperately needs to be corrected as far as illegal alien issues than to just keep handing it over to them tax free week after week, month after month, year after year as we have been doing for way to long. Seems we keep paying and paying and paying and soon we won’t have anything left for our families or ourselves. It is unconscionable that those born here, and have always worked and paid taxes, are less worthy of the benefits afforded to those that sneak into this country.

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yourself!!

    I believe that the US needs to stop supporting illegal aliens who come to this country, BUT to racially profile EVERYONE is plain WRONG (some MEXICANS were actually born in this country people.) BUT LIKE I SAID SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, CASE IN POINT – READ THIS:

    You have two families: “JOE LEGAL” and “JOSE ILLEGAL”.

    Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.

    JOE LEGAL works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

    JOSE ILLEGAL also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number,and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

    READY NOW PAY ATTENTION:

    JOE LEGAL: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; JOE LEGAL now has $31,231.00.

    JOSE ILLEGAL: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. JOSE ILLEGAL pays no taxes. JOSE ILLEGAL still has $31,200.00.

    JOE LEGAL pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. JOE LEGAL now has $24,031.00.

    JOSE ILLEGAL has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. JOSE ILLEGAL Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    JOE LEGAL makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. JOE LEGAL pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. JOE LEGAL now has $18,031.00.

    JOSE ILLEGAL has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    JOE LEGAL pays rent of $1,200…00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.

    JOSE ILLEGAL receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. JOSE ILLEGAL pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. JOSE ILLEGAL still has $31,200.00.

    JOE LEGAL pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for auto insurance. JOE LEGAL now has 7,231.00.

    JOSE ILLEGAL says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ auto insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

    JOE LEGAL has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

    JOSE ILLEGAL has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

    JOE LEGAL now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

    JOSE ILLEGAL has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

    JOE LEGAL’S and JOSE ILLEGAL’S children both attend the same school… JOE LEGAL pays for his children’s lunches while JOSE ILLEGAL’S children get a government sponsored lunch.

    JOSE ILLEGAL’S children have an after school ESL program. JOE LEGAL’S children go home.

    JOE LEGAL and JOSE ILLEGAL both enjoy the same police and fire services, but JOE LEGAL paid for them and JOSE ILLEGAL did not pay.

    DO YOU GET IT KNOW WHY THERE’S A PROBLEM OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SOLVE???????????????????

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