Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Governor Jan Brewer fired back at the federal government Tuesday saying the Department of Justice is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law.
Earlier today, the federal government announced it was filing suit to try and stop Arizona's tough new immigration law.
Brewer called the lawsuit a waste of tax payer funds.
“As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels," she said in a statement. " Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice.”
Brewer said the Arizona law is designed to complement the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The law makes it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in the state and gives law enforcement officers the authority to question the immigration status of people who they stop and suspect might be illegal immigrants.
“The irony is that President Obama’s Administration has chosen to sue Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law and not sue local governments that have adopted a patchwork of ‘sanctuary’ policies that directly violate federal law.”