Tomorrow morning the Arizona Latino Republican Association will announce its intention to become the first Hispanic organization in the country to declare its support for the new Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070, set to go into effect on July 29, by “filing a motion to intervene against the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration policy.”
John Morton, Director of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has urged other states and local governments not to pass new immigration laws like Arizona has recently done. What is his rationale? “I don’t think that fifty different immigration laws is the answer to our immigration troubles. I understand the frustration that many communities feel over the question of illegal immigration, but having a patchwork of state laws, I don’t think is the right way to do.”
While the overall complaint of the White House against Arizona’s immigration bill was its alleged potential for racial profiling, the lawsuit filed against Arizona last week by the federal government did not attempt to make the case that the law was discriminatory. Instead, the Department of Justice charged the state of Arizona with usurping federal powers. However, in an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, Attorney General Eric Holder indicated the possibility of filing a second lawsuit against the state of Arizona on the grounds of racial profiling.
On July 6, the federal government announced it was suing the State of Arizona over its Senate Bill 1070, due to go into effect July 29. This bill is part of Arizona’s efforts to defend itself against the illegal immigration pouring over its southern border shared with Mexico, and the multitude of problems and dangers this has ensued both locally and nationally.
In late June of this year the chief deputy of Pinal County Arizona, Steve Henry, requested funding from the county so that a small, temporary security detail could be provided for Sheriff Paul Babeu.
On July 6, the federal government filed suit against the state of Arizona in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The lawsuit seeks to "declare invalid and preliminarily and permanently enjoin the enforcement of S.B. 1070...."
For all those playing "Obama Immigration Bingo" on Thursday, July 1, your bingo cards would have been blacked out completely by the end of the President's first speech on immigration since his inauguration in January 2009. All the familiar numbers were drawn out by the Caller-in-Chief: "comprehensive reform"; "the system is broken"; "Arizona"; "amnesty"; "pathway to citizenship"; etc.
Illegal immigration, a war of many fronts, had a compelling twist brought forward last week by Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), as reported by the New York Daily News.
On June 3, President Barack Obama hosted Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at the White House for a tête-à-tête to discuss the perilous state of border security along our common frontier with Mexico. Governor Brewer shared with the President the paralyzing fear felt by millions of her constituents caused by the influx of illegal aliens across the desert border and the menacing terror of drug traffickers and human smugglers that have all but taken adverse possession of the region.
While speaking at a North Tempe Arizona Tea Party town hall meeting, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) told the audience that during a a private, face-to-face meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President admitted to the senator that with regard to the invasion occurring along the southern border, "The problem is...if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support 'comprehensive immigration reform.' "