Its Official: DOJ Sues Arizona Over Border Protection Law
State’s rights took a severe blow from the Department of Justice today as the federal government filed suit against the state of Arizona.
The Department of Justice filed its hotly anticipated suit against Arizona’s immigration law today, after months of criticism of the law from the White House and immigrant rights advocates. The main thrust of the suit is that Arizona overstepped its bounds by enacting immigration legislation. Because immigration is already regulated under federal law, the suit alleges that Arizona’s decision to take the issue into its own hands violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which sets federal law as the “supreme law of the land,” and has been used to nullify state laws that run up against federal law.
Arizona’s SB 1070 is set to go into effect July 29, but the government is seeking an injunction to delay implementation until the case is resolved.
The state of Arizona has argued that the law “mimics” federal law and its crafters are confident that it will be validated by the courts.
More than likely, this court battle is going to be a lone, drawn-out, racially-charged mess; the specialty of this White House.