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July 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Fed. govt. suing Arizona instead of enforcing its own immigration laws?

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Activists participate in a 24-hour vigil outside the White House to protest the imminent new immigration law in Arizona. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's unlikely the federal government will do anything meaningful anytime soon about immigration; but that hasn't stopped them from suing Arizona for actually tackling this crisis.

The Justice Department lawsuit charges that the Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.

The federal government says that the state's immigration law conflicts with the federal law - that it would disrupt immigration enforcement and violate the rights of innocent Americans and legal residents.

Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, calls the lawsuit "nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds," saying the money could be better used against violent Mexican drug cartels. And she has a point.

Meanwhile despite President Obama's repeated calls for bipartisan immigration reform, senior Democrats say they see virtually no chance of Congress taking up such a bill before the midterm elections. No surprise here - wouldn't want to toss around a political hot potato and vote on tough issues before an election.

And - while the federal government twiddles its thumbs, the cost keeps piling up on us, the taxpayers.

A new study claims that harboring an estimated 13 million illegal aliens is costing $113 billion a year. That translates to about $1,100 for every "native headed" household in America.

The report - conducted by an outfit called the Federation for American Immigration Reform - shows the most money goes toward schooling the children of illegal aliens.

Critics describe the group - which aims to end almost all immigration to the U.S. - as "extremist" and they say the report is inaccurate.

Here’s my question to you: Why is the federal government suing Arizona instead of enforcing its own laws against illegal immigration?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Glenn in Williamstown, New Jersey writes:
I believe it's because Obama and many on the left openly support illegal immigration and want amnesty as it will guarantee them more votes should illegal aliens become citizens. If they really opposed states interfering with immigration laws, then you have to wonder why aren't they suing sanctuary cities and states.

Kathy writes:
I'll tell you why they are suing Arizona: "Egg On The Face" syndrome. They are embarrassed that a state is taking the lead and trying to solve a problem that Washington, both Democrat and Republican, has been unwilling to solve. When will enough be enough? Secure our borders and go after the companies hiring illegals. Without jobs, the problem will be solved! It's that simple.

Texan writes:
Because those 11-20 million illegal aliens have probably parented 3-4 times that many "citizens" (aka anchor babies) and the Democrats figure that by ignoring the real citizens of America, they can buy all these future votes.

Sandra writes:
Because they are focusing on perceived problems with racism rather than on real problems. I would have thought that our Justice Department and our president would have learned the definition of illegal in law school. Do we enforce laws or do we tolerate and turn a blind eye to illegal immigration and the problems it creates? I guess we just create a sideshow by suing a state which is trying to do something.

Talitha in Walnut, California writes:
Jack, We all know that this administration is no different than the previous one. It is all about "cheap labor." This administration is telling the American citizens to "GO STRAIGHT TO HELL", we don't care about you. They are saying, "yes" we know that they have broken the law when they crossed our borders but, "we don't care".

Dave writes:
Obama is pandering to a key constituency that he needs votes from in November and wants to lock them and their legal children up as Democrats for a generation. Simple math. In the meantime, Rome burns.


Filed under: Government • Immigration • Law Enforcement
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Robert

    The Federal Government is suing AZ becasue the law clearly tries to usurpate that of the Fed govt. It harms US interests and Harms US Relations with countries. This law is unconstitutional from my point of view. The Fed govt knows it cant deport all of them , its a battle they will not win.

    Pasco, WA ( live on the conservative rich Eastern Washington)

    July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  2. Terry

    Our govt has finally gone off the 'deep end'. Just when you think they couldn't do anything more stupid, they do. This administration is so out of touch, and seeminly don't care.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  3. Martin Terris

    Shear nonsense! Arizona's "law" is an evident attempt to harass the state's Hispanics in volation of their rights. It is an unwarranted intrusion into the area of federal law, in violation of the US Constitution. Moreover, it has made the US the subject of international scorn.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  4. a dodd

    If you are not a legal citizen of our country, get out. If you don't ike the way we are enforcing this policy then make your feelings known in November.

    I am glad to see a border state stand up and take control of our, and its, border!

    CA, NM, TX....take notice and control your, and our border!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  5. Donna Mueller

    It's nothing more than a power struggle between Fed and State. If only the Fed gov't would have addressed the border issue, SB1070 likely wouldn't exist.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  6. orlando

    This was a blatant challenge to the federal authorities jurisdiction by the state of Arizona. The states are not America..America is America made up of states. United by common peoples. Arizona does not speak for california nor is arizona an single entity of it's own because it doesnt like the current administration. The authority of the federal Govt must be maintaned, right or wrong. Federal authority precedes state authority.

    Now shouldnt they be enforcing the laws of immigration? Ask yourself this, The Federal authorities job is to look out for the best interests of the american public...if slavery was great for the American economy...Near slavery ought to be also.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  7. Barbara Moss

    The federal government is suing Arizona instead of enforming its own laws against illegal immigration so that they (the gov't) can capture the Latino vote.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  8. Bob

    Why aren't they suing the sanctuary cities that are refusing to cooperate with Federal Agencies?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Dave Zimney

    Why? Because this administration believes in "apologizing"' for our laws and our constititution, not defending them. What the courts should do is ORDER the federal government to enforce the federal immigration law and award the states of Arizona, Texas, and California $50 billion to enforce it and ORDER them to do it immediately. If they do not, just wait until the next domestic terrorist attack proves that the terrorist entered our country through our southern borders....then all hell is going to break loose.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Dee

    Maybe if the federal agencies responsible for enforcing immigration would be funded to a point to actually deal with the actual scope of the issue – they could. However, like many other things; education, infrastructure, etc. these things are funded to only a fraction of what it actually takes to properly deal with the issues confronting this nation.

    We live in a community, as such we each need to take responsibility for our own share of the keeping the community functioning. Unfortunately, we have too many people complaining about being taxed to much instead of complaining about how the taxes are not being used effectively, i.e., the military is bloated, Congressional "trips", etc. Not to mention Congress blackmailing agencies by refusing funding if they enforce laws against their "friends" in effect such loss of funding meaning no enforcement would happen. Check out what happened after IIRAIRA of 1996 went into effect regarding employer fines for hiring illegals.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Can you imagine the hue & cry from the business community if INS went to places of employment & rounded up their workforce? They'd say this was like the Nazis in Poland. Now rounding illegal workers on the streets or in their residences, that's OK.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  12. John

    Jack, I don't feel that the federal government should be suing Arizona on behalf of people of a foreign nation, for one it's against the 11th Amendment of our constitution and it is an injustice to the American people. Arizona and other border states have been begging for Federal assistance for months with the increasing violence that they have been experiencing. People are being murdered and kidnapped by the drug cartels yet the federal government want to sit on its hands because they feel that this is a race issue. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with the safety and security of our border states! It's high time the federal government does what is legally obliged to do and secure our borders, if they don't I'm sure its only a matter of time before some terrorist group smuggles something much worse than drugs across the border....I am also against amnesty for illegals. You don't reward a criminal for criminal activities, it only breeds more crime.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  13. Richard Malcom

    Immigration is a Federal responsibility not a State responsibility!!!! Not to mention the racial profiling, my question is: What does an illegal Canadian, European look like????

    July 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  14. Rick

    The $113B a year to school illegals doesn't make any sense, given that schools are primarily funded through property tax. Are we saying that property taxes aren't being levied on houses that illegal aliens live in?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  15. Tom in AZ

    Mister transparent, President Obama, is buying November votes. The key issue of "Racial Profiling" that was their main argument against the bill, isn't even mentioned in the lawsuit. Since the balance of the Arizona bill mirrors Federal law, why else would this suit have been filed?

    This is another waist of taxpayer money.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  16. Marshall in NE

    It is all about the vote.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Steve - Washington DC

    Because the Federal government simply doesn't care about what it does to America. Rather, it is only concerned with what it can do to ensure that come election time they can be re-elected. It's why the government can do nothing that is remotely controversial, but can do really useful things like saying steroids in baseball are bad.

    If Obama and the Feds think that ILLEGAL immigration is a federal responsibility – than do it. But if you are going to sit back and do nothing, don't complain when someone else steps in to pick up the slack

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  18. Connor, Colorado

    Jack, the reasons the Obama Administration are giving as a pretext for suing Arizona have nothing to do with their actual interests regarding immigration. They aren't interested in securing the border and adhering to the federal immigration laws because they would prefer instead to pander to Hispanic voters before the upcoming election. Obama and the White House refuse to crack down on illegal immigration for fear that they would lose the Hispanic support that they need this fall.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  19. Ronnie Harper

    Because human rights are the first order of business, with immigration and naturalization coming in far behind. The AZ law violates people's rights to due process, against unreasonable search and seizure, and preempts Federal law. If each state is allowed to set its own laws with regards to human rights and liberty, it would eventually be a crime to be in several of them at all, unless you are pasty white and super rich. The electorates in places like AZ do not have the intellectual acumen to make such laws or judgments regarding illegal aliens. All people are guaranteed fundamental civil liberties in this country, even if they are here illegally.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  20. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Canada)

    The federal government is justified to a certain extent in defending its turf, because immigration is definitely an area of federal jurisdiction.
    However, in this case, it also appears reasonable for a border state like Arizona to initiate its own immigration controls because the federal government refuses to enforce its existing laws. Therefore, the outcome of the new lawsuit could go either way.
    As a Canadian, I can't imagine why so many American politicians choose to evade the issue. Surely it would be better to have some sort of work visa system, especially for migrant farm workers and domestics. America needs to reduce its underground economy in order to increase its tax revenues. The tide of new illegal immigrants must also be stemmed, and what better way than to enforce a work visa system and penalize employers who don't comply.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  21. Miguel

    What a load of crap. I support the President's decision.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  22. jayvee

    Why are they suing? Because they don't appear to have any real thought process going on (brains). Arizona gets their act together and the feds say 'hey... that wasn't our idea! STOP! You aren't allowed to think/act like that.

    Gov Brewer is correct. The Fed lawsuit is a total waste of time and money.
    American citizens are becoming more and more upset with the waste of money at the federal level and now instead of doing something, more money is being spent on doing nothing!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  23. Allen

    Why? Because patchwork crazy state laws are divisive and inappropriate. What we need instead is meaningful, comprehensive nationwide immigration policy, uniformly enforced.

    Most important would be strong enforcement of real penalties against employers who employ undocumented workers. Sounds simple, but the pols (especially Republicans) will not allow employer-enforcement lawsbecause the employers of illegals support the pols financially. Our pay-go political system in action.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  24. Mike

    Why is the government suing Arizona instead of enforcing the law? It's simple, the families of illegals vote Democrat!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Marcel-Windsor,Canada

    Jack

    We all know why !!!
    Americans are afraid to stand up and say:
    No more ilegal immigrants
    No more cheap crap from China
    No more call centers from India
    Here in Canada same problems,Go to Calgari and you will see all cheap Labour from South America is working in construction.
    Your Government and mine are looking for next elections and they need votes Jack,they do.
    Everyone in USA should stand up and say:
    ARIZONA you made the right decision and everyone should do the same.
    Best of luck to Arizona,i will send them my dollar got left from Incom Tax
    best regards
    Marcel
    Canada

    July 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  26. Rich

    Simple Jack , Mr. Obama keeps telling us we are a nation of laws and this one seems to keep getting in his way. Over 20 years ago we granted immunity to illegals and they kept coming . We let them stay and let their government tell us how we should treat them for being here illegally.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  27. bill in NC

    Jack we all know it's about Laraza lobbing the president's in this country by promising votes and thata is what it is all about. Obama need to go to Ca in the latino owned areas that are ruled by gangs and iligals to the point where there is no american loft in those areas. they had to flee to save their lives.Don't believe me then go check out Santa Ana ca and you will see how well they they have takin on the American way of life.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  28. dick seng

    "Our" government enforces laws of choice. There are so many laws it's impossible to enforce them all so it's a pick and choose mentality.
    Besides, these losers in Government are upset that someone else is doing what they're paid to do which makes them look rather foolish.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  29. Alex

    In answer to the question, why is the fed govt suing arizona instead of enforcing it's own laws against illegal immigration?

    My guess is that they are posturing. They need to show the hispanic community that they are doing something. The purpose of this "waste of taxpayer money" is to ensure that they get the hispanic vote in November.

    The votes seem to be more important to them rather than securing the borders. At the cost of taxpayer money.

    Oklahoma implemented a similar law 2 years ago. They are currently free of illegal aliens. Too much wasted time and money if you ask me.

    Stamford, CT

    July 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  30. Jonathan

    Why is this all of a sudden an Obama issue. People are criticizing this administration as though the problem all of a sudden appeared the day that Obama was inaugurated. This has been an issue for decades and is indicative of dysfunctional immigration policies.

    If you want to stop people from illegally immigrating, then stop it at its source. They are crossing the border for jobs. If those jobs don't exist, then they stop coming over. Solution, make it a felony to hire an undocumented worker. A few years in jail for those that hire them should put a stop to the border crossings.

    As to the drug running, they are going to run drugs regardless of the immigration laws. If you close up one hole, they are either going to take advantage of another one or create a new one. That isn't going to change with this law.

    Jonathan

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  31. Unit34AHunter

    Actually, Ron Harper, the Arizona law violates no rights. It makes no new criminal statutes. It does only one thing. It *requires* Arizona Law Enforcement to enforce an extant Federal law if circumstances suggest that a person with whom legal contact is made gives reason to question their Visa status.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  32. Jay

    From south Louisiana

    Everyone knows that the Obama administration is trying to gain favor in the hispanic community and garner more votes by refusing to allow Arizona to enact their own protection laws. If the feds were doing their jobs and giving priority to American tax paying citizens, then no new state laws would be needed. When you think about it, it's really a pitiful reflection on our federal gov't.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  33. Mary

    I live in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona and I support SB1070. I am tired of being villianized and feeling an imposed sense of guilt for being a supporter of this immigration bill. Since when did "illegal" mean you have the same rights as a "citizen"? If you are here illegally, you are breaking the law the federal government has decided not to enforce, so why shouldn't Arizona be allowed to enforce it if no one else will?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  34. n8r

    They want the Latino vote, that's all. It's a shame the legal Latino immigrants do not seem to understand how badly illegals are hurting our economy.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  35. Sunny's Mom

    In Texas President Oboma is critized for most everything he does, or doesn't do! Now, it's "He won't doing anything" about Illegal Immigration. The President is now enforcing his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of The United States, by suing the State of Arizona so as not to ussurp the Constituion. He had "no choice", but to do this as President, and enforce the Constituion.

    People must insist that their Congress and the Senate "do their job", and get an amendment passed to the Constituion to accomplish just exactly what Arizona is trying to do on their own. It's very, very true, that all of our Senators and Congressmen don't want to face that challenge until after the upcoming mid-term elections.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  36. Jack

    I'll tell you why.. because this is the most corrupt administration in history and they have no concern about how much taxpayer money that they spend on their chicago thug schemes

    July 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  37. Candice, Tucson AZ

    Republicans blame the feds for inactivity in the issue. However, the past Republican administration did nothing, and the current Democratic administration would like to have immigration reform, but the Republicans have already stated they will block it, without even knowing what it will contain. Republicans want it both ways, blame the democratic feds for not passing immigration policy, but then themselves be the reason it does not pass.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  38. Greg D

    It's not the government that won't enforce the immigration laws currently on the books, it's the democrats! Wake up people, what does every politician want? Another term and the democrats can't get that by upsetting the minorities with enforcement of our immigration laws.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  39. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    It is a stalling technique so the politicans don't upset the Latino applecart before the midterm elections.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  40. Chris

    Easy Jack.

    Arizona's new law is unconstitutional (as hell) but does serve a purpose. That purpose is to force a revision of existing immigration law.
    Now its up to the politicians to draft a law that punishes offenders. However, as long as the US demand for cheap labor remains high, immigrants will continue to come. So Americans, mow your own yard, build your own homes, wash your own dishes, grow and pick your own crops, and watch your own children, and the immigration problem will vanish.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  41. R.L.

    Because the elites in Washington don't believe in the sovereignty of the United States. They simply won't protect this country from the illegal alien invasion because it's used as an effective weapon to destroy this once sovereign country and people (Americans) from the inside out. Divide and conquer! And alas the North American Union. Just like the European Union. NWO anyone!

    R.L. So. Cal

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  42. Jeff in Houston

    This is patently absurd. While I think the Arizona law is insane, I certainly understand why they enacted it. This administration has alot of nerve suing Arizona over taking action on a problem THEY refused to handle. It does not matter that the previous four administrations did nothing. This suit is occuring on Obama's watch. Getting more ashamed of my vote Mr. President. Begining to wonder if you should have been Secretary of State.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  43. Butch in SC

    Why is Obama making war on Arizona? Because he hasn't yet read the Fed. laws currently on the books!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  44. Matt

    This only became a 'crisis' when the economy tanked. When America was doing just fine, we turned a blind eye to illegal immigration because it kept the front of Home Depot well stocked with cheap day-laborers. Now that there are lots of jobless we want to blame the Mexicans for all our troubles, blow the numbers out of proportion, and pass rash laws. Mosquitos kill more American citizens than Mexican immigrants! Come on Jack, even someone with a memory as short as yours should remember this.

    As for Arizona, do you really want the states to supersede Federal Law? If so, then what good is the Union jack good for, Jack?

    -Matt, San Diego, CA

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  45. Joe

    400 million to the terrorist "state" of GAZA– and no money to finish and patrol our borders? Obama – re examine your woeful priorities.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  46. Scott in AZ

    It is a shame that so many of those criticizing the law in Arizona haven't even taken the time to read it. Instead, since its introduction, wild accusations of police roving the streets stopping everyone who has even a moderate tan have been spread across the airwaves.

    Ultimately, police will be responsible forevaluating wether someone they've come in contact with for legal reasons (i.e. broke the law already) may be here illegally. You know, no ID, not able to answer basic questions about where they were born (or answer in such a way that the officer believes they are misleading them), etc.

    It's a shame that people give such little credit to the training and experience of police officers. I have faith in an officer's ability to perfom their job, and thier intuition to know when somehting just isn't right.

    But I guess most people don't give that kind of credit to the men and women charged to serve and protect.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  47. Pat

    Obama isnt going to secure the border, he needs their votes, Essay'!

    This is not the Obama that I voted for ;(

    July 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  48. Anthony Frascino from NJ

    The question of border control and immigration laws was rendered moot when the previous administration feinted enforcement with an understaffed and overwhelmed border patrol while giving big business a growing number of cheap labor. It was a wink and a nod. This lasted for eight years allowing millions of illegals to stroll over a porous and neglected border giving birth to thousands of new American citizens.
    Now we see nightmarish stories of parents being separated from their children and deported. We're spending millions of dollars building fences and walls that is like stopping salmon from swimming upstream, futile and wasteful. Arizona is passing laws which prohibits profiling but emphasizes Mexicans.
    This is another conundrum inherited by the Obama administration which will alienate millions of Latino voters if he pursues strict and harsh resolutions. Like it or not, there is no viable solution to this dilemma. The cat is out of the bag!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  49. Stacy

    The government refuses to address the situation because they are more concerned about being re-elected then protecting the borders. I applaud Arizona for their new law. Maybe they can teach the US government to vote for what the people want.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  50. Terry

    Jack
    Seems our leadership is more concerned with the new world order rather than fixing America's disorder...

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  51. Jim Duehl

    I'd just love to see all of those migrant workers hired to pick fruit and work day jobs at construction sites sent home. Wait unti you go to the supermarket and have to pay $10 for a head of lettuce. People don't appreciate how much Mexican migrants contribute to our economy and how they keep prices down for the American consumer. Like they say, be careful what you wish for. Portland, OR

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  52. Peter

    Obama doesnt make laws Congress does how about asking your Congress man why the borders isnt secure? Is it because some people will find any excuse to attack this President? Once again Jack the President does not make laws, congress does, Arizona passing its own law is simply stepping on federal government turf its constituitionally wrong! mccain as a flip-flopper on immigration has more blame to bear on this one, than the President who DOESNT make laws, he signs em into LAW!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  53. Charles Lyttle

    The politicians who have to make a decision on the AZ immigration issue are too concerned with how they may be percieved based on their judgment here. could this violate some human rights? Yes, but so can any law currently in place if misused. However it can also halt or at least slow down the flow of illegal immigrants and drug runners into our country, a fact one would think would be embraced by a system that is constantly complaining about immigration problems.

    -Charles, Wise VA

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  54. Jim

    Jack, perhaps you should live in Arizona. the Arizona law is simply a mean-spirited political stunt masquerading as a solution to border problems. Nothing could be further from the truth. A failure by the federal government to do an adequate job of enforcing immigration laws is NOT a justification for Arizona (or any other state) to take it upon itself to intrude into a constitutional area reserved tothe federal government. Should Arizona declare war on Mexico? Of course not, it's beyond the state's scope.

    Let's all settle down and let the courts sort this out.
    Jim
    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  55. earl king

    The reason is simple. Its about Hispanic support at the ballot box. In the Obama administration some laws are an inconvienence. Immagration laws and apparently ones also having to do with intimidation at polling stations.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  56. Tom

    Its for the latino voters Jack. Latinos have been put off because Obama has been tackleing lots of big issues but hasnt touched Immigration. Im a fan of Obama's, I think he has done pretty good job considering the situation we were in when we started and the total opposition he has gotten from the party of no but this is one issue I disagree with him on. I dont expect the Federal Government to win this suit and I dont think Obama expects to win either. But by trying I think he expects to win back some Latino voters which the Dem's need at this point.

    Tom
    Ridgecrest, CA

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Eric

    The federal action against Arizona is absolutely justified and necessary. The law is clearly contrary to the Constitution's grant to the federal government of exclusive jurisdiction over immigration. If the justice dept. failed to take action against Arizona it would be betraying its duty to protect the Constitutional institution, and it would encourage other states to take similar unconstitutional and piece-meal action. Arizona has given the federal government no other choice.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  58. Michael

    Because Obama does not have the interest of Americans first as he opposes stoping illegal immigration and reducing immigration at a time were unemployment is at almost 10%. He does show interest in working middle class Americans by support wage suppression. This former democrat is looking to vote GOP this November.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  59. BartonFunk

    So, let me see ... we have too much federal government, except when we want more. We pay too much in taxes, yet expect things to happen with out paying for them. We seem to blame Mexico for their drug war, but American supply them with guns thanks to our nut ball lack of gun laws. The drugs are consumed in the US by Americans. Who hires the illegal immigrants? Why are they not to blame, not the evil government. Get over this. It's racist. Move on.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  60. perryrants

    Why is the federal government suing Arizona instead of enforcing its own laws against illegal immigration?

    BECAUSE IT IS EASIER NOT TO WORK!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  61. Kyle Irvine, CA

    That's an easy one Jack,
    Arizona is being sued because the immigration policy was Arizona's idea and now the federal government will not be able to campaign on the issue and take credit for acting. The federal government can sue Arizona but the rest of the country is going to send them home in November. What goes around comes around.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  62. don

    Calif. has the same law for over the past 10 years as Arizona new law. Why not sure them too.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  63. Bob

    Simple. Criminals vote democrat.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  64. John in SD

    Curious, why has immigration become the big hot topic now when it was hardly on the radar under Bush? Just another way to point the finger at Obama? Did AZ not care about it all those past years? Also interesting is how farmers are offering jobs, but Americans aren't taking them. Hmmm, wonder how those crops will get picked and cows milked? Let's see how the American public will like paying double or more for produce. There definitely needs to be some sort of workers visa as a solution, but the way AZ went about this was not right; just another political posturing showdown.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  65. AZProud2Be

    The Federal Government won't enforce the Immigration LAWS.
    The Federal Government won't allow Arizona to enforce the Immigration LAWS.......so that MUST MEAN It is up the the AMERICAN CITIZEN to ENFORCE the LAW by whatever means possible.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  66. ed

    pls jack they are too expensive and comberson– trying to bring all
    companys to task is crazy- the az law is going to be the base for the
    future fed law..think- we have more people in jail that should be
    doing restitution – and comunnity service- close the damn boarder!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  67. Bill from Florida

    Simple. This is a delay tactic to placate a nation full of enraged latinos while the fed figures out how to enforce the law of the land. Sad, since the amount of money diverted to this effort could be used to combat gang members and the drugs and violence that they bring into this country..

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  68. janet

    People support illegal immigration because they care more about "their" friends south of the boarder. It's a slap in the face to those already here.

    Stop subsidizing farming & corn and let the chips fall where they may.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  69. bobby

    I (and those I know) support this action by Arizona. Obama is way out of line and he will see this come the next election... I hope Texas follows the lead of Arizona.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  70. Steve in Spokane

    To get the Latino vote in November of course!...they know if they vote on it before then, their collective butts would be in the unemployment line!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  71. frankie

    President Obama has certainly noticed Arizona's problem, perhaps the Republicans will also notice Arizona's problem and stop gumming up the works on purpose so that Congress has time to get to work on a national solution. For right now, it is absolutely correct to challenge this law on constitutional grounds. What America stands for needs to be preserved or things will never come right for any of us.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  72. mick

    I think it's because Obama wants to eventually give amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants....not for humanitarian reasons but to secure aprox. 12 to 20 million new Democratic voters. They can then hold power indefinitely.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  73. Cole from Iowa

    The Feds are suing them because Obama wants to be the one who goes down in the history books for solving immigration and not the state of Arizona. I hope the Feds lose just to suffer the embarassment.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Gray

    Democratic Cowards!

    Why are you waiting until after November to take up the Immigration Refrom Bill? C'mon I dare you....do it now.

    Adios.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  75. Marie

    The Arizona law is unconstitutional. Our current immigration policies are antiquated. It's time for immigration reform before our country is consumed by hate.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  76. Bonnie B. Kansas

    Why? Because they must keep the flow of slave labor and liberal democrats going and going and going...
    Not only will the Feds not enforce these laws, they won't allow them to be enforced by anyone.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  77. Mark C in Houston

    Jack,

    The federal government cannot prove that the law is unconstitutional because the law mirrors existing federal law. Bienvenidos a los Estadios Unidos Meximerica if the Feds win.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Paul Hannah

    This is the standard process for determining the constitutionality of a law. The only way to determine whether the law is constitutional is for it to be heard by the US Supreme Court, and, for that to happen, it needs to make its way through the lower courts. the only way for it to be heard by the lower courts is if someone files a suit. The Attorney General has done so, setting the stage for the US Supreme Court to eventually hear the case, should they so choose.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  79. Annie, Atlanta

    Because Jan Brewer signing that bill into law was a disgrace. Lying about illegals beheading AZ citizens in the desert is a disgrace. Racial profiling is a big enough problem already without making it law. Walking or driving down the street while brown should never be a good enough reason to be stopped by police. Illegal immigration has been with us forever. Now all of a sudden with everything else going on it’s this great big deal? No. Although many of us seem to think this is ok, we’re supposed to be better than this. Aren’t we?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  80. PJ

    Here's another question: Why aren't the feds suing cities and states with sanctuary policies that prohibit law enforcement officers from contacting ICE when they have a suspected illegal alien, especially when the suspected illegal alien is using a stolen Social Security number and forged documents to gain employement? Employer-related identity theft is not a victimless crime, but the federal government and sanctuary cities and states are aiding and abetting this criminal activity.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  81. Kay

    Because the Republicans want cheap labor and the Democates want votes. It's is a simple as that.

    Kay
    Montgomery, IL

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  82. Jvellano

    Seal the border.....then Deal with the immigrants here...people might be more amenable for immigration reform...if thousands were not still streaming into our(hopefully still ours)country....

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  83. Zane

    Votes, very simple. The Democrats want to give the country away knowing they can survive on the votes of Latinos and everyone else they give a hand out to.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Lola

    @All the jokes about Obama not reading the federal laws, remember he was the President of the Harvard Law Review...you are no longer dealing w a C Students who got by on Dad's money-you are dealing with a brilliant Harvard Graduate who studied Constitutional Law. Recognize!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  85. bob west

    I don't see any Americans lining up to pick oranges or tomatoes in the fields. And when they do the prices of these commodities will double and pretty soon these products will be coming from South America as they are headed anyway! These pickers work in the heat 14 hours a day, amongst the sprayed fruit for $.40/100lbs! The conservatives are very good at formenting hate!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  86. Lynne D

    Why can't Obama and the government do both? However, I think it's time someone started enforcing the laws against the corporations that are hiring the illegals. Unfortunately, this will never happen since the corporations are actually running the country through all branches of our Federal government.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  87. Gina

    As an Arizonan and a woman of color who supports this law, I can only ask myself the same question. Clearly, the Obama administration does not care about the concerns of the average American citizen, and is kow-towing to a foreign nation(Mexico), rather than enforcing a Federal law and supporting the State law which mirrors it.

    Gina, Tempe AZ

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  88. Alan

    Illegals vote for democrats. They are not eligible to vote but when has that ever stopped it from happening?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  89. markiejoe

    Why is the federal government suing?

    If each state in the union that is now broke (almost all of them) decided to print their own money to make up their deficit, should the federal government not sue them?

    Same thing with immigration. Immigration control and immigration law is the responsibility of the federal government. Can you imagine if each of the 50 states passed their own immigration entry and enforcement laws? Absurd and unworkable Chaos.

    I suspect the feds will win the lawsuit on the merits.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  90. PK

    Enforce Fed immigration laws ? The current POTUS and his admin DON'T understand the meaning of the word ILLEGAL !!

    Just another example in a long list of items where political correctness seems to trump doing what's right for American and law-abiding citizens.

    Thank gutless folks in all 3 branches of U.S. government !!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  91. Jon is SD

    Jack,
    You mistakenly assume that the Arizona law tackles the problem. It won't. As with the failed war on drugs until you stop the demand for illegal workers you won't stop the supply. We don't want illegal immigrants but we want our lawns mowed for little cost. We don't want illegal immigrants but we want cheap food. If you think the AZ law is so good how should we measure its success? If they arrest 1000 people this year is that a success? I wouldn't think so, it comes to 1/4 of 1% of the estimated population. I have never seen any supporter of this come up with a standard to measure success. So it's a lot of hot air in my opinion, it justs plays on emotions not facts! As for the constitutionality, I think there is some doubt but I'm no expert.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  92. Sam Perpitch

    The illegal immigration will continue as long as there are conservative business men willing to hire them. Sam in St.Joseph, Mo

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  93. Paul Hannah

    This is the standard process for determining the constitutionality of a law. The only way to determine whether the law is constitutional is for it to be heard by the US Supreme Court, and, for that to happen, it needs to make its way through the lower courts. the only way for it to be heard by the lower courts is if someone files a suit. The Attorney General has done so, setting the stage for the US Supreme Court to eventually hear the case, should they so choose.

    Paul,
    Cincinatti, OH

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  94. Mark from Las Vegas

    The Administration does not want to enforce the existing immigration laws because they don't want to hurt feelings. They also don't want to upset the Mexican Government and the Democrats want the Latino vote. Arizona didn't create a new law for America, they just created a law to enforce the existing Federal Law that the President swore in his oath to enforce but now refuses to do.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  95. Gary Stuart

    Arizona is acting independently it says because the federal government has failed to act yet. But federal law is federal law and as long as Arizona is a state of the USA, it has to abide by federal law too.

    If the court were to find someone not guilty of a crime in a local community, is it OK for public citizens to go all vigalante and execute their own justice on the person because the legal system "failed" to act in their best interests?

    While I understand the impatience of the state of Arizona, they are being nothing more than impatient vigalantes. Play by the rules, Arizona - or leave.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  96. John

    Why? According to the constitution immigration law is in fact the responsibility of the Federal Government plain and simple. If two senators in Arizona would compromise and vote for more border security AND a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants we'd get a new immigration law. However, they just want to secure the border and kick all of the illegal immigrants out which is not only inhumane but would consume much more of our resources trying to implement it. They are already here, have been here for a long time, and have helped build this country. As far as the drug smuggling issue...if all of a sudden they decided to give up on smuggling drugs in Americans would just go get it themselves and bring it in. Oh and I'm not Latino.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  97. Chris, Atlanta

    I find it amazing that people are perpetuating the myth that this law deprives people of due process and illegal search and seizure when the law hasn't even gone into effect yet. Let alone people like Al Sharpton who openly advocates violating the law and causing civil unrest to drive their agenda. It appears instead of using concrete evidence of profiling and/or deprivation of due process they are going to use made up fantasies about what they think might happen to fit their world view that white people are evil and want to suppress minorities, even though the hispanics will be the majority in a few decades thanks to their apparent lack of knowledge in birth control methods. At least the government realized how fallacious such a view is and decided to sue on the basis that immigration is a federal issue. However any judgement in the government's favor should come with the caveat that they actually do their jobs and enforce existing law.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  98. Mary Prandini

    This is the most incredibly stupid move the Obama administration has made, and they have made many prior to this time! When are they going to get their act together? I am so proud of Arizona stepping up to the plate no matter what! We of sound mind in California applaud your courage and determination!!!!! I can't wait for the elections in November......

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  99. Overby from Melbourne

    Obama knows he's going to need the Mexican vote to get re-elected next time around, so he's ignoring the fact that it's already illegal to be an illegal and there is a need for enforcement. This is disgusting. Like one of those rally signs read: What is it about the word 'illegal' that you don't understand?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  100. AngelicaS

    I am a Democrat and strongly supported Obama in '08. I can tell you that his position on this issue is a big turn off and extremely offensive. The media, except for a few such as you Jack, has it all wrong on this issue.

    Americans are in favor of LEGAL immigration; Americans are not in favor of ILLEGAL immigration. We are a country that seeks governance by the RULE OF LAW. We do not approve of our government granting implicit or explicit permission to millions of prople to violate American law with impunity (and this includes both the illegal immigrants and the corporate officials who hire illegal immigrants to take advantage of them).

    The lawsuit filed by the Obama Administration yesterday indicates that his Administration seeks unlimited discretion to offer legal cover to those who broke the law from enforcement of American immigration law. This is both unacceptable and will not be tolaterated by the masses. Nor should it be; it is both legally and morally WRONG!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  101. Andrew- Regina, SK, Canada

    Politically I can understand the frustration the border states are going through thanks to the Mexican Drug War making smuggle agents and refugees go up north. But the legal circumstances behind this law are not so crisp and clean, as the text of the lawsuit says. Arizona's immigration bill is a violation of the supremacy clause of the U.S. constitution which basically leaves the power on handling of certain issues to the federal gov, not state gov. Also, police searching for passports on people they "believe" to be aliens is just downright stupid, and it's not about racial profiling. There's a good reason on why mothers are going across the border with they're children, to flee the war and violence of the cartels. If the majority of Americans think that even these kinds of refugees should be deported back into the bloodshed, then the bill should just drop dead.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  102. Tom Chicago

    Big lobbying money combined with a perceived acquisition of a voting block. It is clearly not what the majority of citizens want so what else is the force behind it? They are trying to homogenize Americans down to the level of workers in the third world effectively destroying everything the American populace has accomplished on the labor front over the last century.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  103. ann perry

    Jack,the last 8 presidents did nothing.John McCain has been in office 25 yr and what has he done.NOw all of a sudden They want Pres. OBama do everything.He has been busy trying to get things done for almost 2 yr and look at the Republican.What about the Canadians they come and go.Look at the Russian Spy why are they here.We need to get out of these wars and put our troops everwhere along the borders and keep everybody out.If you are now AMERICAN go home we don't want you.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  104. Diego

    When are americans, where are Obama and the Governor of Arizona going to realize that the so called War on Drugs is not a fight that should take place across our borders in Mexico or Latin America-nor on our borders
    The War on Drugs needs to be fought within our own borders. The USA is the largest consumer of drugs in the world – and it's that blatant demand that is the root cause of the drug cartels, murders and drug related crime
    crime rates and social issues in Arizona are not Mexico related- they are cultural socio-economic issues caused by gangs that have lived in AZ (both legally and illegally) for many decades
    Let's face it , the only "mules" in America are we citizens that choose to ignore our world dominance of drug consumption !

    July 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  105. Clayton Pack

    If the federal government had done it's job in the first place this wouldn't be an issue. The immigration laws would be enforced by the federal government and this issue would be handled.

    Even if the feds when the lawsuit against SB 1070, hopefully we got their attention.

    Clayton <-- Someone with legal immigrants in their family who also support SB1070)

    Gilbert, AZ

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  106. Mike

    It's the same thing as the New Black Panthers. Obama's justice dept enforces some laws and ignores others. It's all about votes. They think hispanics are stupid and will vote democratic if they do this.

    For the people who think the Arizona law is unconstitutional...Read the case law. States can and do pass immigration laws ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  107. andrea

    Hey jack im native american to everyone is an immigrant !! so when i see a bunsh of people fighting over who legal and who isnt just try and remember what the white people did to the native american and white the whites did to blacks !! so every to needs papers so stop talking about how everything is fouced on just mexicans it should be fouced on everyone !! blacks white mexicans china india and people from all over the world !! so jack next time you talk about immigration talk about what the real native the native american !!! this land was taken from us and we where kind to to share !!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  108. Sue West

    The failure of our country to enfore the illigal immigration is a disgrace to our government. Our country has taken a bad turn in the last few years and the wreckless way our governmnent has given our jobs away, our money to school,house and support the illiegal aliens in this country is mind blowing. We will be severely punised for allowing our government to disregard the principals that our country was founded on. Now there is such an effort to suppress and do away with the UNDER GOD in every way. We must unite and form a group to pull us together even if it is the Tea Party. This is a real threat and is very active now. The illegal aliens are not all from Mexico, they just come in that way. Our country is in deep danger now and we must recognize this threat.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  109. Peter Pittsburgh, PA

    The other Jan Brewer the Gov of Arizona said on national TV and said President Obama "should get to work" i guess her wish just came true! Yeah get to work suing Arizona for stepping on Federal Govt Turf! If Jan Brewer wasnt playing politics she would say to John Mccain and the rest of the Republican party of (JUST SAY NO AND OPPOSE OBAMA) to get to work assisting and helping this President pass real immigration reform! Last time i checked the POTUS does not make laws Senators like mccain of Arizona do!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  110. KP

    This is all about politics. The border is more secure than it was when 10-11 republicans signed off on immigration reforms. I wonder what happened which forced them to turn their backs on immigration reform.
    Yes, I know it is election time.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  111. Rich 7837

    Mr. Cafferty,

    The opinions of the president and administration toward illegal immigration are about as anti-American as can be! This farce of a president, and his henchman, Eric Holder, seek to secure illegal Mexican votes for their Democrat cohorts, thus they must stall meaningful immigration reform.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  112. mary

    It's all about votes..
    And the fact that the elite in Washington will never have to live in a neighborhood where illegals and drugs run rampant..
    It's the division of the rich and the poor in this country. It used to be, we could move away from crime..But as we are now divided between rich and poor, and no middle class, we the poor get stuck living in the same towns as these illegal drug criminals.
    And The elite only know one thing..This means votes..
    If this keeps up.. We might as well call ourselves "mexico" too.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  113. Chris DC

    False choice Jack... Why can't the government do both? The government has a right and responsibility to make sure that individual states do not over step their bounds. It is agreed that the government should be doing its job in protecting the border. The President has said that more is currently being done than at any time in recent history and they're trying to do more. For me the bigger issue is the validity of the Presidents comments and Congress' inability to get something passed. Why don't you media guys attack that instead of over simplifying such a complex issue?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  114. marcia

    Ok, so if illegals are costing legal households $1100 a year. next year if everyone knocks off $1100 of their taxes i bet the government would go to work inforcing the laws.

    Marcia,
    West Virginia

    July 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  115. saladbar

    It's very plan and simple, a state CANNOT create laws that superseded the Federal laws in place! This is what the Arizona law does and it's unconstitutional! Nuff said!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  116. A. Caden

    To say that the federal government is suing Arizona "instead of enforcing its own laws against illegal immigration" is rather sensationalist and innacurate. The federal government is suing Arizona because the Arizona law could very well be unconstitutional on several fronts (equal protection, due process, federal preemption, and a couple of others) and it is the federal government's responsibility to ensure a cohesive immigration policy, as well as uphold the constitution throughout the entire nation.

    The federal government does enforce its immigration laws. Hundreds of illegal aliens are detained and deported every month. However, the Mexican border does need to be better monitored and the federal government needs to improve on most enforcement areas. But that does not mean that individual states can bypass the supreme law of the land and do whatever they please with respect to an issue of national significance. It is as if the state of Delaware did not think that the federal government's war efforts in Afghanistan were sufficient and decided to send a Delaware army that would "assist" the US military, but under its own direction. The Arizona law is highly problematic, for the same reasons. The federal government has to step in and stop these kinds of initiatives that, although well-meaning, are counterproductive and most likely unconstitutional.

    How can Arizona ignore the very same rule of law that it is appealing to?

    A. Caden – Hollywood, Florida.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  117. Ken, Vail, AZ

    Arizona has a republican Governor, two republican Senators, and several republican representatives. Why haven't any of them introduced federal legislation to address the immigration issue instead of blaming President Obama. Republicans controlled the federal government for six years and did nothing. So Jack, give me a break.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  118. morgan

    this is simply amazing to me, it it racial profiling when I see 100 mexicans standing outside the local home depot waiting for a truck or van to jump into to get work for the day, because they can't get SS card and go apply to work somewhere? I live in Texas and unless you see this problem for yourself,you have no idea just how bad this problem is, goto El Paso and see if english is the first language, we have billboards here in Spanish! I say kudos to AZ. this is a real problem, I don't care what country your from, if you did not obtain the proper documents to get into this country then your here illegally and you should be sent back to where you came from, I say hold a soccer tournament with USA against Mexico and back up the paddy wagon, then have one USA VS China and back up the paddy wagon, this is killing our country and costing us a fortune.. send them back to where they came from... I could literally write a book on life in Texas and the immagration issues... Yeah Obama got voted in, and he'll get voted out, he is simply not qualified to do any kind of job, don't belive me, look at the gulf, if the oil gets to shore, it's our govement fault and no one elses... thanks OBAMA for all you don't do...

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  119. Kathy

    How can the law be unconstitutional? Since when do ILLEGAL immigrants have rights under our constitution? If they were legal, then yes, they would have those rights. Until they are legal, they have no rights (other than human rights) under our constitution. I applaud AZ for trying to take back our country and their state from the rampant illegal immigrants that come here and are able to work, have their kids in our schools, but pay no taxes. I wonder how many other countries would allow what we allow?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  120. Craig in Illinois

    Why didn't Bush and his new Homeland Security Dept. do something after 9-11, Jack?
    Granted Obama has not done anything either but this was a problem years ago.
    Both parties are to blame, it's business as usual for them.
    This law should be a federal law, every american citizen has to provide documents or proof whenever stopped by law enforcement regardless of race.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  121. Jim

    Better question, why does Governor Brewer keep claiming she needs Federal help when she has National Guard troops, under her control, that she could deploy.
    Answer: If she deploys them the state, not the feds, have to fund it. So she is complaining about the Federal government's lack inaction, while simultaneously asking for Federal funds.
    And all of this from the "we need smaller government" side of the street.
    Well, which is it, do you want smaller government, or not?
    The Federal Government is enforcing it's own law, it just isn't capable of waving a magic wand and making all of the immigrants go home. This is all a straw man, election year argument.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  122. C. Moakler (Louisville, KY)

    The potato here is the Executives ability or prerogative to ignore laws passed by congress, "The People's House." The will of the people be dammed, most executives will say. Seccumbing to the will of the people is anarchy. The 1986 immigration reform act layed down laws against hiring, housing, transporting, or assisting illegal entry or employment that have been ignored from day one by The INS and its inforcement arm, ICE. If states are allowed to deal with illegal aliens then how can the executive reward large doners? I thought that our getting out of Vietnam would be the most important constitutional confrontation of my time. We wanted out and the military industrial complex didn't. They won for five years after the public emphaatically said "get out." But this is ten times as important. The President saying that he is going to harrass a state that is trying to protect its citizens is treasonous.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  123. Eric

    Perhaps the people who have never been to Arizona, nor any other border state affected by this crisis should just shut their mouths and listen. Here in Tucson, the city has closed many schools over the past couple of years, including elementary schools because they are full of illegal immigrants' children. The legal residents now are suffering because of this situation. If it was your child being deprived an opportunity to get an education due to the overflow of illegals who do not pay the taxes necessary to educate their children, and the irresponsibility of ALL members of the government, would you support the new law or not? By the way, anyone who has actually READ the law will know that it is not unconstututional. That is why the tone of our esteemed and moronic attorney general has changed from chanting "unconstitutional!" to "You're in my way!".
    Eric
    Democrat, Tucson AZ

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  124. Nancy Miller

    This government just doesn't get it. The majority of people in the United States of America are against illegal immigration. How could Eric Holder bring this suit against Arizona's immigration law when he didn't even read the law as it is written. The people who live in the border states including Arizona, Texas, and California deserve some action from this administration of stop the flow of illegal immigrants from entering the United States. The demographics have changed dramatically in this country with illegal immigration and the costs are overwhelming, i.e., their schooling, health care, housing, etc. When is change coming and our laws enforced?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  125. Bob Kole

    Cause Professor Obama thinks he is in a class room rather then the White House.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  126. Manuel Carrillo

    Mr. Cafferty,
    The federal government is suing Arizona because SB 1070 does undermine the federal government, and will lead to discrimination. Sometimes I'm surprised by the support for Arizona, like slavery, just because a "majority, which I doubt that it is, support it doesn't make it right. As a born US Citizen of Hispanic desent about to start my first year of college I applaud the federal government for trying to protect citizens of all colors from discrimination, something it now appears you disagree with.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  127. 1ofTheFallen

    Obama is just trying to buy votes ahead of the November elections. If Obama was so concerned about illegal immigrants then he would have more people making sure they do not die in the crossings or the abuse the illegals receive from their coyotes transports.

    Obama does not care about all the legal taxpayers in these border states either because they suffer higher taxes to support their police, schools, medical facilities, roads and bridges for the illegals that do not pay taxes. Maybe Obama will explain to all those people living on fixed incomes why their taxes continue to go up and why he is unwilling to enforce the current laws.

    Obama is a lawyer he should at least be able to understand why it's necessary and prudent to enforce the laws that have been legally passed.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  128. Joann

    I don't think people realize that the law does not state that local law enforcement can just stop anyone looking like an illegal immigrant. If you are committing a crime or speeding and you get pulled over, you are required to provide identification. Any US citizen should not be out and about without proper identification. I do understand the illegal search and seizure but the law impacts those who are stopped for other issues (crimes, etc.) not just for immigration purposes. The federal government is wasting time and money doing this instead of tackling the problem head on.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  129. MrSamJL

    Both parties are remiss for handling the problem. The laws are already on the books & the Federal Government is not doing it's job. I agree with Gov. Brewer that the WH has their priorities wrong & the money spent on this wrongful suit could go far in helping to seal our bored there. Don't politicians realize that illegals can't vote & if somehow they do, there is no telling how they would vote as they do vote bothparties depending on who they think will tend to their needs the best & that can be either party once they are legal. Illegal entry is a crime & should be treated as one.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  130. david

    Wow, educating illegal immigrant?! What's next, feeding starving people? Funny how he doesn't mention all the money that is made off of illegal immigrants as exploited labor.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  131. Nathan

    Simple... Barack has illegals in his own family and a soft heart for the issue because of it.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  132. alyx

    Frankly I don't care if illegal immigrants are here, and neither should anyone else! The problem isn't people being here, that's just completely dumb, we all immigrated. The problem is these immigrants are not paying TAXES, I don't want to work crap jobs but if I did I would want my consideration to be fair with anyone else applying, if a company doesn't have to pay taxes on an employee or any sort of benefits why wouldn't they hire them. How barbaric are we that we think silly walls or harassment is the way to fix this problem. You want to be serious about talking immigration, start talking equality and penalizing companies that hire immigrants without paying taxes on those employees. Problem solved!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  133. Judith J. Tabak

    Jack–gotta love you for taking on this issue–I don't know–are they trying to destroy us, the legal citizens of this country?? I say let's have a tax revolt and the sign would say: You who want these ILLEGALS here, YOU pay for them: schooling, healthcare, incarceration–NOT US!! PLAY ROBINHOOD WITH YOUR OWN MONEY–NOT OURS!! Does anyone think of what the population will be in 2100 (high end)? ONE BILLION PEOPLE!!! I've had some idiots say, "the more the merrier!" Oh, and 430 million by 2050!!! And, we have to keep deep-water drilling for more oil–where are we going to get the energy to supply these numbers of people??? That's if LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION STAYS AT THIS LEVEL!! Oh never mind–it's more important to ensure a larger voter base!! CRAZY, CRAZY, AND MORE CRAZINESS!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  134. David

    The reason seems to be clear. The Obama administration is trying to hold the border states hostage in an attempt to pass sweeping immigration reform that will grant amnesty to illegals that are currently in America. While the administration knows that reform cannot be achieved this year, the lawsuit is an attempt to appeal to Latino voters.

    I have a friend who audits schools systems for the state of AZ. This person would affirm the view that the cost of schooling illegals costs the state of AZ millions.

    I am an independent, not an R or a D. In my opinion, we should be spending our money to take care of our own, not those who are in the US illegally. Secure the border. Require employers to hire only those in the country legally. Allow those in the country illegal to go back to their own country. Then implement a disciplined program to allow only those who can secure jobs into the US.

    D

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  135. Amit

    I am not in favor of illegal immigrants. As per the report, "shows the most money goes toward schooling the children of illegal aliens". Just to remind everybody that those kids are CITIZENS of USA as per the country LAW and they have exactly equal rights as any other CITIZEN. If even this report is true then also we are spending money on our CITIZENS who are going to be our future tomorrow. Please open your MIND.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Carmine

    Thank you for moderating my response out of existence.

    It is unconstitutional for a state to regulate immigration, read article 1 of the constitution

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  137. Bob in Baltimore

    Jack,

    The answer is simple, latino noise makers and the fear of lack of latino votes in the upcomming election. I voted for Obama and he is makeing me regret it on this issue alone. The unfortunate part is no matter what the election holds there will be no resolve on this because of big money interests in using cheap labor to conduct bad business. We as a nation have no political leadership that truly represents the PEOPLE. That is unless you are a billionare.

    This country sucks more every day.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  138. GP

    Ask the America Chamber of Commerce why they are suing government over The E Work Verify program that requires employers to verify an employee is a legal citizen of the USA.

    We can not have fifty different sets of immigration laws.

    Greg
    Milwaukie, OR

    July 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  139. CJMster

    They are illegal, they have no RIGHTS! If we went into their country in this manner we would either be in jail or deported. I am sick and tired of paying for everyone else while I watch real Americans go hungry, and homeless.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  140. boboh

    If illegals ignore the laws in coming to America, so much that US laws are meaningless, then of what value is any US court decision saying a law lwagally passwed is illegal?

    That court decison may be ignored just like the current imigration laws.

    MS-13 has been donating large amounts of cash to certain lawmakers in the US. Why are these laws not enforecd either?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  141. Dave

    This lawsuit is a complete waste of taxpayer money that could be put to better use. The law stands up according to Supreme Court rulings from the last 40 years, and as recently as 2004, as to not violating Constitutional Law regarding the unlawful searches. The law does not premept federal powers either as they would have the country believe. If it does, then why hasn't Obama gone after states that legalize a federally controlled substance? Why hasn't Obama gone after states and cities that have abridged people's right to bear arms despite the constitution clearly stating that they can't. There was more truth to Bush's claims of WMDs in Iraq then there is to this lawsuit. This is nothing but a "How dare you try to enforce the law, when we won't." The President doesn't get to decide what is or isn't law, Congress makes the laws, and it's the President's job to make sure they are enforced. The President doesn't get to choose.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  142. Jacquie

    The last President to tackle amnesty was Ronald Reagan in 1986. I don't care what side of that decision anyone was on, this needs to stop being a politcal football between the Republicans and the Democrats and looked at from a human standing. It has reprecussions for all Americans not just the border states. Slamming Obama does not solve the problem and anyone with any sense knows you can't round up and deport illegals. Come up with a common sense idea not a political commentary.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  143. John

    This is a question about illegal imigration!!!!! not legal imigration there is a big differance. I don't care what you are if your not following the laws to be in this country then you are commiting a crime what part of that can these people not get....Every country in the world including Mexico treats illegal entry into there country as a crime....read article 19 of the mexican constitution on immigration...And as far as racial profiling, what the hell do you think the border patrol is doing on the freaking boarder? Drive on interstate 8 between Yuma AZ and SanDiego CA they have a checkpoint that stops all traffic and the boarder patrol use profiling to look for illegals and drug dealers, people need to wake the f. up ENFORCE THE DAMN LAW.....

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  144. Mark M

    Love it Jack when your posters mostly GOP jump on every little chance to bash a democrat mainly Obama.

    Fact Check: BUSH, Clintos, Reagen ALL failed us on Reform when it comes down to it.

    Fact: BOTH parties are worried about loosing votes or public opinon

    Fact: Mc Cain has changed his mind on reform more then once and now that there is a lawsuit he is for reform when running he was not...

    Maybe, Just Maybe both parties will get off there do nothing for America butts and finally NOW make much needed reform.

    But I doubt it, its all about GOP VS DEMS as in years past they will point fingers and NOTHING will get done even if most Americans want and need reform. WELCOME TO AMERICA we welcome everyone because those we elect do nothing for to help us stop it!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  145. Erick

    I have a stand for President Obama. I believe in the future we are all living on earth as one nation. We are human beings. We should help others instead of racism. Face the truth. We should treat other as human beings. You know why? Because we live on earth. It is no different story. Get educated ! Open mind and understand! I think Arizona Governor is completely wrong. PERIOD! Any question? Welcome to challenge me.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  146. Jangocat

    The answers simple Jack but people won't like it. Unfortunately Obama has chosen to put the interests of criminal foreign nationals in front of the interests of the American citizens who elected him. So much for change. He's just another fraud politician going after a voting group to enhance his and the democrat's power.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  147. Bill from AZ

    Hey Rick, Since the law was announced, many illegals have "self deported" resulting in 2 schools closing in my district. Yea, property taxes pay for the schools, but citizens pay those taxes for illegals. Sounds upside down to me!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  148. Matt in Boston, MA

    Jack,

    Our President knows that voters are angry, especially now with him after his abysmal handling of the BP oil spill. He's makng a big deal about the Arizona law to draw attention to the issue of immigration rather than energy. It's all politics. It's a sad day when a federal government sues one of its own states to win votes, in this case, the Latino vote. This lawsuit is neither professional nor presidential. It's a waste of time and money that you and I pay in taxes to win votes. It doesn't exactly thrill me to see my money going to fight a court battle for political purposes. Obama needs to work with Brewer, RIchardson, Schwarzenegger, and Perry (the border state governors) to combat immigration and border security, not glance at a law he thinks he can play politics with and decide to take the gamble. If the feds refuse to do it, props to Arizona for wanting to protect their people. To quote Jan Brewer, "Do your job, Mr. President. Secure our borders." What kind of leader won't work with his allies and opponents, congress and governors, to find a solution? I'm sad to say that apparently that kind of leader is Barack Obama.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  149. Dave

    Arizona's stance is due to the failure of the federal government to enforce its own law. Ironically, the Arizona law follows federal law and actually supports US efforts to stop ILLEGAL immigration. And now the President is going to sue? I fear our President and his out of touch policies.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  150. Rick

    Sounds fair to me. Perform an illegal act, cop stops you for that act and suspects you of being illegal (no drivers license or other documentation, non-english speaking). You get handed over to immigration for verification and deportation. Feds are completely involved in the process and they handle everything from there. Go read sb1070 folks before you comment. If the feds are not doing their job and its costing Az taxpayers money (schools, medical, police, fire) and they havent seen any progress with feds why not use the police to patrol and screen? They still hand the process off to the fed to handle I dont see the issue. Do I want the cops doing this type of enforcement, no. Do I think the feds will do anything to tighten up border security, no. Go for it Az. More power to you.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  151. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    The Arizona law is ineffectual election year hatemongering and should have been challenged by President Obama more for content than legality.
    If Governor Brewer was serious about illegal immigration, why wasn't the law directed at businesses that hire illegals ? For instance, fine a farm or processing plant $20,000 for each undocumented worker and close them down for any repeat violations.
    Is it that Arizonans enjoys their cheap produce and chickens more than we know ?.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  152. Jordan

    Jack, the federal government is challenging the new Arizona law because it appears to be a violation of the Miranda v. Arizona precedent that established the right to remain silent as a protection of a person's 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. While an easy case can be made that this new Arizona law is a violation of Miranda in pursuant with the liberal judicial activism of the 1960s, conservatives should also be upbeat as this could be a chance to practice judical restraint and throw out Miranda.

    Madison, WI

    July 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  153. Blake

    The federal government likes the current state of immigration in the US. This is evidenced by the lack of any action to correct the problem.

    Why do they like it? That's trickier, and open to debate. I think it's to dilute the current population with people who understand what it's like to live in a third world country. More people that will do and say anything the federal government wants so long as they don't have to go back home.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  154. BaltimoreJoe

    Why do we keep settling for 'immigration reform', 'comprehensive health care', 'sustainable growth'... what, we not smart enough to get any facts? Just gonna be whatever the little kenyan wants.... God I cannot wait for Nov. I could list 8-12 bullet points that make sense why are you letting them off the hook?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  155. Mark in California

    Those that say "this Adminstration" is at fault for our immigration Policy have a screw loose. If memory serves me right it was the Republican Congress that shot down then-President Bush's approach to Immigration Reform. The Rebublicans don't really want any reform as they support Big Business and as long as there is no reform Big Business has all the cheap labor it wants. Once we reform the system, the costs of those employees to Big Business will go up.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  156. Jack

    And just think twenty more states are getting ready to put a similar law on their books. Can you say revolution! Either Obama has a huge blind spot or he is just plain stupid.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  157. Kim in Tx

    I am dumbfounded at this move. Instead of addressing the people's issue, punish the people trying to save themselves.

    Amnesty is the major issue on theadmnistration's agenda, anything that hinders that will come under fire.

    Amnesty will bankrupt this country, the Social Security system, the health care system and social services.

    We cannot afford to take on the 20 million indigent citizens from other countries.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  158. Stuart

    The real issue behind all this is, who is footing the bill to support all of the illegal aliens. With the current economic situation there are states that are going broke. AZ does not want to be one of them. Their state budget is taking more of the hit percentage wise for education, emergency services, crime, etc, than the federal budget. If the Obama administration does not want to enforce the immigration laws, then the least they should do is provide economic support to AZ, NM, TX, and CA to subsidize the economic impact that is being felt due to the current immigration policies.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  159. Beverly

    This is stricly a political move by Jan Brewer to gain the conserative vote, She has not been an effective Govenor and was not popular
    with the conserative right until she sided with his petition that has come up before. It is just another tool for the Tea Baggers to toot and the medai something else to exploit. (Jan Brewer is not an elected Govenor, she inherited the position).

    July 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  160. J. Berry

    The Federal Government is suing Arizona because they want to be seen as standing up for Civil Rights of a minority. The thing they don't get is that this minority are not our citizens. Yes there are many hispanic Americans but this law does not affect them. It deals specifically with unregistered foriegn nationals. (Read it and see.) I don't understand why the US is trying to block it because it does mimick the Federal statutes. And it is carefully crafted to avoid profiling. There has been a campaign to portray it as hateful but it is not unless one is here illegally. It just happens that most of the unregistered foriegners in Arizona are Mexican.
    But interestingly enough, Mexico has become involved. When is the last time you remember an American Minority group that had it's own president and embassies? Mexico wants badly for this law to be struck down but it only affects illegal immigrants in our country. I ask what does Mexico have to gain by our aquiecence?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  161. Andrew Stirling

    This is a tough dilemma. On one hand, the law slows the influx of illegal aliens into the country by deporting them if they cannot produce the proper identification. On the other hand, the law definitely infringes on the rights of current Legal immigrants living in the state, who will be badgered if they happen to not be carrying their green card with them! Because of the latter, the State of Arizona does not have the authority to infringe on the rights of legal immigrants to expose illegal immigrants! I have to side with the federal law suit. It is a not within the state government jurisdiction to create immigration laws! Who do they are, a separate Country??! If they want to do something then get more man power on the border! Maybe better surveillance technology with response teams ready to intercept illegal immigrants!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  162. David

    The Arizona law is flawed and was a political distraction/game by the governor. It sets horrible precidents on the privacy of citizens, creates obscure rules for law enforcement and oversteps the powers of states. Kudos for Obama for doing what is right and not what is politically beneficial.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  163. glenn

    You get up in the morning to go to work you can't get a seat on the bus. A illegal alien got it.
    Some people can't get a job why the illegal alien got them.

    My friend recked his car a illegal alien hit him the illegal did not have insurance.
    the definition of an alien is a creature from outer space; extraterrestrial

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  164. Rich

    Although a state may adopt regulations that have an indirect or incidental effect on aliens, a state may not establish its own immigration policy or enforce state laws in a manner that interferes with federal immigration law," the brief said. "The State of Arizona has crossed this constitutional line." (taken from a cnn report)

    That being said , then why hasn't the Justice Department crack down on the States & Cities which have declare themselves Sanctuaries..I believe that interferes with immigration laws ?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  165. Gene

    Logic tells me that these airheads just don't get it!!!! The only way status will be checked is if these illegals commit a crime. Well, since they've already commited a crime by crossing the boarder illegally they think they are free to commit other crimes once they're here. And they don't want the hassle of having the possibility of having their immigration status checked because they know they'll get caught.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  166. Connie

    Those at the top don't have to live among the illegals. Their children don't
    have their school curriculum dumbed down. They won't be left with the expense of higher auto insurance premiums when an illegal leaves the scene of an accident. They won't be accosted be some LaRaza hispanic demanding to know why he/she doesn't speak Spanish. Their money and time won't be wasted when a simple food order is done incorrectly. They won't be waiting in the ER for their turn behind someone who just crossed the border to have a baby. Go home. Don't whine. Get in line. I will NOT vote for anyone who supports anything less
    and I'm a democrat!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  167. mary

    Andrea..
    Also.. The other point I am trying to make..Is the mindset is the same ..The satisfaction to take only what Americans are willing to share is not there..
    They want more than what we are willing to share..
    Welcome to the newest invasion..And like it or not it effects Native Americans the same..We won't be spared this time either.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  168. Hamadoun

    If these billions go to to schools in order to educate the children of undocumented, who are americans by the way, so the money is going to american children.Therefore,i don't see where is the problem?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  169. mv

    It's economics. Who else will bend to tend the vast agricultural fields of this country? This is why a guest worker program needs to be implemented if these immigrants want to work in this country. That goes for the hospitality industry, the manufacturing industry and the landscaping businesses. The South of the Border immigrants have been given a free pass when you compare this to other countries where the waiting times to enter this country legally can be up to 10 years. The rules of immigration are not applied equally to all nations. So all these entitled loud mouths who are shouting down Arizona's new immigration law should wait in line like the rest of the world.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  170. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    This stupidity makes me furious. Republicans have constantly screamed about the Constitution but none seem to have read it. The AZ law is unconstitutional.
    If the Governor of AZ did HER job and went after employers who hired illegal workers, then their problem would dry up.
    Secondly, we have tried to pass Immigration Reform for years but Republicans always vote against it. They, as usual, are standing up for the companies who illegally hire these illegal workers and pay no taxes to the government on them. We have an Immigration Reform bill already written but Republicans are blocking it just like they have blocked everything else. Why doesn't John McCain who WROTE the Immigration Law with the late Ted Kennedy work to get a FEDERAL law passed so we do not have these state problems? Republicans are hypocrites who care nothing about immigration. All they care about is protecting businesses.
    Shame on so many ignorant people who refuse to see the truth. We could have Federal Immigration Reform tomorrow if Republicans would stop blocking it.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  171. Dustin

    It's all about politics, plain and simple. When politicians believe that upholding laws will benefit them, they will enforce it. But when they believe it will work against them, especially during reelection, then they pull this sort of charade. Arizona has stepped in where the Federal government (including the Department of Homeland Security) has faltered, and it is only because of public backlash from lobbyists and special interest groups that the President is pulling out the "Supreme Law of the Land" card.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  172. saladbar

    KP is right on the money, it's all politics. The border is more secure now than under any Republican president in the past! Don't you find it interesting that Gov. Brewer is stirring up a hornet's nest now under the Obama administration instead of under the eight years of Bush! What's changed? I hope the Justice Dept defeats her and the rest of those Arizona people who are in favor of this illegal and unconstitutional law!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  173. Pam

    if a police officer has cause to question you they should be able to ask for an ID, I can't figure out what the issue is... To claim it is racial profiling is ridiculous.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  174. joe

    The problem with the law is that it is unconstitutional. It requires Hispanics (and only Hispanics) to carry proof of citizenship on their person at all times. No other ethinc group is requires to do this. If you believe that I am incorrect, then tell me which Hispanics are not required to carry proof of citizenship? The people who support the law are not going to be the ones having to carry the papers at all times. If they were, then their opinion would be different. Who cares if the law is popular, the Constitution was not written by Zogby, Gallup, or any other pollsters.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  175. Scott

    "12 Americans are murdered everyday at the hands of an illegal imigrant. that's almost 4500 a year. 3000 ppl died on 9/11 and we're in two wars because of it. Where do you think our priorities should be?
    ........oh and to add anouther thing....God forbid if a toyota breaks down and kills a couple ppl. Then we have government panels and and inquisitions and wastefull meetings. If 4500 Americans are murdered every year then the government ignores.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  176. Scott

    Your premise is flat out, dead wrong. The Obama administration is doing far more, with better results than the Bush administration did. However, it is a huge problem and will not go away overnight. So, they are doing more on the problem and suing AZ over their unconstitutional law.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  177. Native American

    Why? Because Arizona is complaining about non-citizens whom they can't reasonably expect to respect our federal laws... since hello, they are not citizens... so then Arizona shows just as much disrespect for our federal laws by passing a state law that they know they don't have the authority to pass. Pot calling the kettle black, anyone? Irony, anyone? Three fingers pointing back, Arizona... get a clue. Look up "doctrine of unclean hands" before pulling stunts like this. Why don't you crack down on your own citizens who incentivize illegals to come here by hiring them? Why do you think they come here in the first place? Sheesh!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  178. Kevin

    Rick, How many illegals own their own home? Not many. So who's property taxes are footing the bill for schools? Legal citizens

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  179. Mary

    Turn about is fair play, every state should sue the federal government for not doing the job of enforcing the laws they passed on immigration. Not enforcing these laws causes economic and social hardships that states cannot afford. How can we expect citizens to obey laws, when our own federal government shows little respect by refusing to enforce them ?

    July 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  180. Steve

    Jack its simple they don't want too rile up the potential votes. Here's a novel Idea. Deputize the millions of unemployed Ameicans there are right now and plcce them on the border. There's more than enough to close the gaps in security and thus lower unemployment! YeeeeHaaaaaaa

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  181. GL from Freetown Ma.

    As governor of Arizona Janet Napalotano tured to then Pres. Bush for aid
    on the Arizona border. As Homeland Security Director, she still hasn't
    done anything to help Arizona with the border problem. The Fed. Gov.
    should stay out of the way, or help with the situatuion. Janet Napalotano
    has been a joke as Homeland Security Head.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  182. Susan

    Regarding the picture accompanying this article of the woman wearing the ridiculous t-shirt that says "We will rememeber in November" and apparently protesting the AZ law. I and a lot of other Americans will be remembering in November as well, and we'll be throwing our support to those who support closing our border and cracking down on illegals already here. As for Obama, 2012 can't come soon enough. I'm through with this dimwit.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  183. Mike

    They are suing the state of Arizona because they have to in order to maintain control. What frightens the feds is that this measure may actually be affective where they have not. Other states would then follow suit and pass similar laws, and the politicians in Washington would have no choice but to address the politically uncomfortable issue of Immigration. There is a reason nothing has been done about it for years. While the majority of Americans like the Arizona law, neither the Republicans or Democrats want that type of law on the books. Why? It's really very simple, and it's the same thing that always motivates politicians: keeping their jobs. Republicans take the pro-business side and like the cheap labor, and Democrats see potential new voters. They will ONLY create the type of immigration reform needed when they are forced into a corner and must pass it to maintain their respective elected offices.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  184. K-Dawg

    Simple. If they pass immigration reform (amnesty) all the illegals will vote Democrat. Gov. Brewer for president in 2012!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  185. Steve, Houston TX

    Jack, its a sad day when the President of the United States goes to bat for the citizens of a foreign country over the citizens of our own country, but that's what we have. Its being done for political purposes: the President doesn't want to upset his liberal base and wants to gain new voters for the next election.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  186. Sandy

    It is time to show the Democrats if it is better to take care of future votes (illegal immigrants) or the current citizens.

    Mr. Obama has always been against Americans and American values of law and justice. It is time for Americans to show him the change we believe in.

    Sandy

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  187. Peter Waterman

    The Federal goverment is like a basketball court, it only has one ball. Every time they pick it up they drop it. When ever they do something we (the people) call foul. This is because they make the wrong play.
    The war, financial, jobs, immIgration, you name it. i CAN'T WAIT FOR nOVEMBER. Peter in VT

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  188. Debi from Florida

    Hurray for AZ!!!! It’s about time someone stood up for US citizens. I voted for the current administration, but am having serious doubts as to whether I’ll do a repeat. If you’re not here legally then go home… you don’t have the right to protest, vote or receive benefits… those are all privileges of being US citizens… If YOU want those privileges apply for citizenship like every other immigrant has done!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  189. Olga O. Pina

    The Feioderal government cannot and has not been able to address the issue of immigration because people like John McCain are more interested in their own political hides, just like his Republican sidekicks. They know that without everyone's cooperation, nothing can be done...nothing. So, nothing has been done.

    To those who blame the Obama administration for the failure of addressing the immigration issue, call or write the Republican No-Nos and give them your opinion! Do it Now!

    Olga
    Austin, Tx

    July 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  190. Plato

    I have vehemently disagreed with you on some things in the past but this is one area where I happen to agree with you!

    Gov Bruer is 100% correct about this law suit. It is a complete waste of taxpayer monies.

    They are sueing based on a false assumption. Power is granted to the federal government FROM the states. If the Feds can't (or in this case: won't) do their jobs then is falls to the states to pick up the slack.

    Arizona is couragous and patriotic for standing up like this! They deserve our support not our anger...

    Thanks for listening...

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  191. Arnold Mi

    Uncle Sam is suing Az over immigration because their law is "PROFILING." Illegal immigrants are subject to the same laws as anyone else. You rob a bank and get caught, you are going to jail!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  192. CeaYoung

    All I keep hearing is "Illegals are hurting the economy... Illegals this and that..."

    Do the companies and businesses that hire these immigrants for pennies on the dollar just escape your rhetoric?

    Also, I live in OK and see immigrants all around every single day. Obviously the law forementioned does not work.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  193. Charley

    The Federal lawsuit has nothing to do with the merits of the Arizona law and illegal immigrants, but everything to do with the Constitution and this attempt by Arizona to nullify Federal authority over immigration.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  194. FloridaPat

    Jack, Last I remember it went something like this "We The People Of The United States Of America" – NOT – "We The Illegal Aliens Of The United States Of Amexico"

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  195. Kevin Collins

    And what a lot of people are still continually ignoring is that the 14th Amendment in no way shape or form gives illegal parents of U.S.-born kids the right to stay in this country. So either the illegal parents take their kid back to Mexico and live legally or give the kid over to a foster home. It's ridculous that criminal parents get to reap welfare benefits ranging from food and shelter while legal, non-parental Americans who are responsible enough not to have children they can't afford and have lost their jobs through no fault of their own have to sleep at shelters or on the streets. Yes, foster-care for the kids would cost taxpayers, but we already pay for their kids now; at least this way the criminal parents don't get to benefit.

    It's long overdue for this noxious nonsense to stop.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  196. RRMiami

    I have noticed that there are parallel arguments going on here. People either agree that Arizona has right to protect itself or that we should just have open borders. People are not arguing different sides of the same argument but different arguments. It is alarming how many people just think we should have open borders to anyone who wants to walk in.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  197. Lacie, Kansas

    Although I think that the Arizona law may be a little harsh, I don't feel that I should be the one to criticize it because I can't think of a different or better way to handle the situation. As a matter of fact, I commend Arizona for taking a stand. All of the border states are forced to foot the bill for illegal immigration while the federal government drags its heels it resolving the issue. I understand that there are issues with foreign relations; however, do you really think for a moment that a American citizen would be illegally allowed into and supported by a foreign nation? Probably not.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  198. Rev. Dr. Ken New Baltimore

    The AZ law is an exact copy of Fed. Law, which Mr. O and Holder don't feel they want to enforce because it will hurt US and Mexican relations. They feel that the few Arizonians that get kidnapped, raped, robbed and murdered is worth it. Now AZ wants to enforce what Feds won't and Mr. O is embarassed about his inactions and inability to answer the 3 am phone call, so lets get attention of of him and onto those "racist" Arizonians.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  199. Michael Shea

    There is nobody more of a hawk against illegal immigration than me.

    However the NEW Arizona law perpetrates racial profiling against Latinos that are American citizens. It is "GESTAPO" tactics against a nationality of people just as the German "GESTAPO" was to folks of Jewish descent.

    President Obama and his Justice Department had no choice but to sue the State of Arizona in this matter. The Arizona LAW also sets precedent for other states to do the same thing.

    I agree that Illegal Immigration reform has taken a back seat to other issues. However when Oama walked into the White House he faced a crumbling economy, health care reform, re regulating Wall Street and iheriting two wars. Despite all of the opposition he has received from the Republicans Obama has moved fast forward on all of these issues.

    The controversy in Arizona has thrust iimigration reform front and center.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  200. Richard

    Hey Jack, let's talk about the benefits paid by the Social Security Administration to illegal aliens awaiting deportation!! That's right, benefits paid from Social Security Administration to illegals ordered deported but not yet deported. They can't work so they get SS benefits!

    July 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |