Friday afternoon, a senior official at the White House announced that Obama administration lawyers will file a legal challenge against the Arizona immigration law within the next month, according to a breaking news report from CNN. This came after Hillary Clinton stated that a lawsuit would be brought against the state in a televised interview. Lawyers are expected to fill the legal challenge shortly before the new law would take effect on July 30.
President Obama expressed his dislike for the bill and spoke about comprehensive immigration legislation, which would include a pathway for citizenship for some people who are in the country illegally. To read and see more about President Obama’s reaction to the bill, click here.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with President Obama on June 3 about Arizona’s concerns, and Brewer came out of the meeting sounded positive about Obama’s response. During the meeting, Obama said that the issue of a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for its new law would be up to the Department of Justice.
According to the text of SB1070 the intent of the law is:
The legislature finds that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of Arizona. The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.
Many residents of Utah have expressed their desire to have a similar law in the state, but Utah Governor Gary Herbert said that he has some reservations about Arizona’s SB 1070: “Clearly, you cannot just, on a hunch, question people. That would be a violation of the 14th Amendment. You certainly can’t use national origin, ethnicity, the color of your skin as a criteria for a hunch,” Herbert said. “I think there’s a threshold here that needs to be discussed and debated so we don’t find us being accused of racial profiling.”
“We need to make sure what law we pass in Utah meets constitutional muster, protects people’s civil rights, upholds the rule of law and our Constitution, as we see it, and respects the humanity of the people we’re dealing with,” Herbert said.
To see a slideshow of photos that tell the story of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, click here.
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