U.S. Justice Department Prepares to Challenge Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Thursday, May 27, 2010


The U.S. Justice Department is preparing a legal challenge to Arizona’s controversial new immigration law arguing it is unconstitutional because it impinges on the Federal government’s authority to police the nation’s borders.

Also in the works, the department’s civil rights section is considering possible legal action against the law on the basis that it amounts to racial profiling of Latinos who are legally in Arizona but conceivably could be asked to provide documents proving their citizenship.

Attorney General Eric Holder met Wednesday with nine top police chiefs who object to the Arizona law. Holder promised them he would act on the recommendations soon, a Justice spokesman said.

The police chiefs urged Holder and the Obama administration, to stop the law, saying it could seriously hamper local police work if officers are forced to also serve as border patrol policemen.

Arizona’s new immigration law requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect is an illegal. It also makes it a state crime to lack proper immigration papers in Arizona.

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6 Responses to U.S. Justice Department Prepares to Challenge Arizona’s New Immigration Law

  1. distributorcap says:

    but 61%, no 75%, no 99.9% of the american people support this! lets see how fast anyone would support this when they are pulled over by the police for looking “different” or asked to show their papers if they have a slight accent.

    more and more – between this kind of ‘legislation’ and the absolute politicization of EVERYTHING – we are goose stepping into a state that resembles 1933 rather than 2010.

    i wonder how fast the elite white GOP snobs will support this when their lettuce costs $50 a head

  2. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Hassling people on the streets of Phoenix and Tucson does nothing to secure the US/Mexican border.

    It’s just silly to think the 2,000 mile long frontier can adequately be controlled with a 18,000 border agents who are stationed along both the US/Mexican and the US/Canadian borders.

    Every country on earth controls their borders with the exception of the US. I’m amused to see Obama just sent 1,200 Nat’l Guard troops to AZ. If the Feds are seriously committed to border control, the task should fall to the US military.

    But half the military is stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq, so our choices are limited.

  3. fran says:

    Anything to prevent this undoing of civil rights & move backwards into the dark ages is fine by me.

  4. Rachel says:

    I think Arizona Leatherneck hit the nail on the head. If there is a crime problem associated with our largely open border with Mexico, I fail to see how rousing day workers in front of Home Depot or busboys working at a restaurant solves the problem. This is a Federal problem Washington is terrified of touching.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    Since SB 1070 enjoys the support of 70% of Arizona voters, if Justice turns it back, President Obama will become persona non grata to Arizonans and he can say good-bye to reelection hopes there.

  6. Harry says:

    The only way to reverse this law is for Justice to get involved in the process.

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