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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Federal Government Sues Arizona

      Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona because of its recently passed immigration law.  The DOJ was joined by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.
      According to
Arizona's law, law enforcement authorities who suspect that someone is a foreign national in the Unites States without authorization must ask for immigration documents.  Law enforcement officials including the Chiefs of Police of Phoenix and Tucson explained that this new law will greatly decrease their ability to effectively police their communities.  This is because victims of, or witnesses to, crimes will be less likely to contact or cooperate with law enforcement officials.  Also, the Chiefs of Police were highly concerned because this new law would require them to reassign officers from critical areas such as violent crimes, property crimes, and home invasion. 
      As the Department of Justice explained, immigration law is a topic that is best addressed by Congress and not by individual states.  The top Republicans of Arizona claim their state’s law is needed to remove illegals.  Click through to story. 
Ironically, Republicans are the ones preventing comprehensive immigration legislation from becoming laws in Congress. Click through to that story.

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