The Obama Administration is apparently avoiding the issue they have been squawking most about—racial profiling and civil rights violations—-ever since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the now famous ‘Arizona bill (SB1070)’ into law. Obama filed suit yesterday against Arizona citing the supremacy clause of the US Constitution. I see this as a warning to other states—including Maryland—don’t try passing this law where you live!
PHOENIX – 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 back 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.
Instead, the suit lays out why the government believes that immigration laws passed by Congress and enforced by a range of federal agencies must take precedence to any passed by a state Legislature.
Read it all. Here is the DOJ press release.
For Maryland readers, check out this handy list (at the Help Save Maryland website) of what illegal immigration costs Maryland counties.