The dog and pony show begins.
Accusing Arizona of trying to “second guess” the federal government, the Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s immigration policy — claiming the “invalid” law interferes with federal immigration responsibilities and “must be struck down.”
Second guess?? The Arizona law is in direct line with federal statutes. It neither violates nor interferes. It enforces.
The suit names the state of Arizona as well as Gov. Jan Brewer as defendants. In it, the Justice Department claims the federal government has “preeminent authority” on immigration enforcement and that the Arizona law “disrupts” that balance. It urges the U.S. District Court in Arizona to “preliminarily and permanently” prohibit the state from enforcing the law, which is scheduled to go into effect at the end of the month.
“Arizonans are understandably frustrated with illegal immigration, and the federal government has a responsibility to comprehensively address those concerns,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a written statement. “But diverting federal resources away from dangerous aliens such as terrorism suspects and aliens with criminal records will impact the entire country’s safety.”
That’s hilarious coming from an assclown who has yet to actually use federal resources to enforce the immigration laws and border security.
……Brewer responded by accusing the Obama administration of a “massive waste of taxpayer funds.”
“It is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law. As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels,” she said in a written statement. “Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice.”
She went on to point out “the irony” of suing Arizona for its immigration enforcement law but ignoring cities and other local governments whose “patchwork local ‘sanctuary’ policies instruct the police not to cooperate with federal immigration officials.”
Michael Graham at the Boston Herald points to more selective outrage from Holder and company and gets to the reason for it:
So why sue Arizona?
The glaring, obvious and painful answer is politics. Hispanics are a key part of the Democratic Party coalition, and many Latino voters are unhappy with President Obama’s lack of action on amnesty for illegals. And it’s a lot more effective making that case in Tucson than Pawtucket.
A fight with Arizona puts Obama on the side of amnesty, but without requiring him to do anything – a classic move from the president who as a senator loved to vote “present”.
That’s the bottom line up front; the Dems’ exploitation of illegals as a voting bloc.
Holder dropped the charges against the New Black Panther thugs, he won’t prosecute the SEIU for its felonious assaults, he ignores the scofflaws who refuse to cooperate with the ICE, and will not enforce the law and secure the border. But, Arizona is a target for the DOJ’s hostility.
The illegal alien advocates in the government will lose this fraudulent, feckless, malevolent affront to national sovereignty, but that won’t stop them from trying.