By FITSNews || As expected, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is suing Arizona over its new immigration law – invoking the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution in an effort to keep the “controversial” measure from being implemented. The lawsuit was scheduled to be announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano.
Arizona’s law – passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in April – is set to take effect on July 29, although its future is now in doubt.
Obama has called the Arizona law “misguided,” even though all it does is give state and local law enforcement officers in Arizona the tools they need to enforce existing federal immigration laws. Those laws, incidentally, require legal aliens to carry papers attesting to their immigration status. So, in effect, the federal government is suing Arizona for attempting to uphold federal law.
Nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants currently reside in Arizona, and it’s obvious at this point that the federal government is more focused on creating a “path to citizenship” for them than sending them back home. Seriously, people … that’s a lot of Democratic votes (in a state Obama lost by a 54-45 percent margin).
Specifically, the lawsuit will include statements from multiple government agencies attesting to the fact that the Arizona law would – get this – place an “undue burden” on nationwide enforcement efforts given the sheer number of illegal immigrants that it would uncover.
So in other words, the law (unlike South Carolina’s recently-passed immigration statute) would actually work … meaning that the feds would have to take a break from bailing out bureaucracies or socializing medicine and actually do their jobs for a change.
Obviously, that’s not going to happen …
Arizona isn’t backing down.
“We’ll meet them in court … and we will win,” Gov. Brewer told FOX News last month.