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Arizona Countersues Feds Over Border 'Invasion'

February 10, 2011  | 


Arizona filed a counter-suit against the federal government today, claiming Washington is failing to secure the state's Mexico border or protect Arizona residents against the negative effects of illegal immigration, Gov. Jan Brewer announced today.

Brewer and the state's Attorney General Tom Horne announced the filing, which comes in reponse to the Obama Administration's suit to overturn the state's SB 1070, signed by Gov. Brewer in April.

"Our message for the federal government is simple: Use federal resources to combat the cartels that are breaking federal law," Gov. Brewer said in a statement. "Don't attack Arizona, which is helping to enforce federal law."

Arizona's lawsuit claims the federal government has failed in five areas, including gaining "operational control of the border," enforcing multiple federal immigration laws; protecting Arizona from economic harms and violence associated with illegal immigration; reimbursing Arizona for more than $760 million in combined costs for the incarceration of illegal aliens; and not preempting Arizona from protecting the health, safety and welfare of its own citizens.

"While control of the border is a federal responsibility, illegal aliens who successfully cross the border and commit crime in Arizona become an Arizona responsibility," Attorney General Horne said in the statement. "By not doing its job, and using its alleged preemption rights to stop Arizona from performing its law enforcement obligations, the United States is violating Arizona's 10th Amendment rights."

The Obama Administration's Department of Justice sued Arizona in July to overturn the new law. In late July, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked many of the provisions.

Early this year, federal leaders such as Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have said the southern border is more secure than ever.

Related:

Napolitano Claims U.S.-Mexico Border Is Secure

Obama Blasts Arizona Immigration Law As 'Ill Conceived'

Arizona Immigration Law Gives Officers Ability to Detain Suspected Illegals


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Morning Eagle @ 2/11/2011 9:27 AM

This is outstanding news! I am glad to see Arizona standing up to the feds on this issue and I hope their suit will prevail. The action taken by obama and holder to stop AZ from trying to legally protect itself in the midst of what has truly become an invasion by foreign nationals no matter where they originate from is .... Unspeakable. And again, for that District Court judge to even agree to hear the federal suit was improper at best since the suit should have been filed directly to the SCOTUS. The fact that obama and holder both publicly declared Arizona's law unconstitutional before either of them even read it was simply political pandering to certain ethnic groups. Hang in there Arizona, every poll clearly shows most of the country supports you on this in spite of how the lame stream media tries to portray us by yapping about boycotts, etc. The recent declaration by the administration's director of homeland security that the border is more secure now than ever is laughable on its face and shows either complete ignorance or a deliberate attempt to mislead the public on how the situation really is.

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