Opponents Of Federal Challenge To Arizona Immigration Law Speak Up
July 27, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
The Obama administration’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law in Federal court faces significant opposition from some politicians and immigration reform advocates.
On Tuesday, July 20, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of the bill, filed a memorandum with the United States Court for the District of Arizona opposing the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request for preliminary injunction that would stop SB 1070 from taking effect on July 29.
“As I’ve said all along, SB 1070 makes no new immigration law, it simply enforces the laws already on the books,” Pearce stated, adding that the president “has put politics before the safety of citizens of Arizona who are under the gun from the illegal alien crisis in our state.”
Meanwhile, more than 80 Congress members filed an amicus brief refuting claims by the DOJ and some other activists that the law is unconstitutional. Those groups have alleged that the legislation may open doors to racial profiling of minorities.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which assisted in the preparation of the brief, stated that the filing emphasizes to the court that the constitutional separation of powers gives Congress the authority to prescribe immigration laws, and that the executive branch—i.e. the administration—is limited by the power of Congress. The brief also recounts examples of many cases in which Congress encouraged the activity of states in the enforcement of immigration laws.