June 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should federal govt. sue Arizona over immigration law?


A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent drives along a portion of the border fence that separates Mexico and Arizona. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Just about the last thing Arizona needs is a federal lawsuit over its new immigration law.

Governor Jan Brewer tells HumanEvents.com that she would rather the federal government use that money to "help me build a fence on my border."

Brewer has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the department of justice not to file suit - because there are already five federal court lawsuits pending.

They all are challenging Arizona's new law, that goes into effect July 29, and requires police to check the immigration status of people detained for other crimes.

Brewer says that every conceivable constitutional issue or question will be raised in these five other lawsuits. She wants the courts dismiss all of them.

In addition - the governor says she's hiring a private attorney to defend this new law since Arizona's Attorney General opposes it.

Brewer says other border states, like California and New Mexico, which oppose the law are simply not facing the same problem as Arizona is... she refers to her state, Arizona, as "the gateway for all illegal immigration, drug cartels and gangs" coming into the U.S.

And she's got a point. 3,500 acres of southern Arizona along Mexico's border - including a national wildlife refuge - have been closed to U.S. citizens for nearly four years because of increasing violence tied to illegal immigration. Officials have warned visitors to Arizona to beware of heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers.

It's no wonder A majority of Americans support Arizona's new law.

Here’s my question to you: Should the federal government sue Arizona over its new immigration law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

D. in Arizona writes:
I totally support our governor in this issue. I am proud of her for having the courage to take this stand. She (like we all) is tired of the lack of help we have received from the federal government with regard to protecting our civil rights and our borders as Americans. Kudos to Governor Brewer!

Sandra in Temecula, California writes:
Sue them for what? Trying to enforce the laws on the books and protect their state from criminals and the high cost of supporting illegals? Maybe Arizona should be suing the federal government for not doing its job. When did it become illegal to enforce the law?

Stan in Boston writes:
Why do people tell us that a majority of people want a law when we are discussing whether the law is Constitutional? It is irrelevant to the discussion. A majority of people in this country are Christian. Would you say that a law requiring everybody to be Christian would be ok because a majority supported it?

Robert in Arizona (retired Colonel, US Air Force) writes:
Jack, I served 5 counter-drug tours of duty along the border as a military intelligence analyst and can tell you first-hand our state's border (I live in Prescott, AZ) is indeed one very dangerous place to even consider visiting. The federal government has no business suing Arizona. The Arizona law, and I've read it, is written exactly like the federal law. The government under Bush and now under Obama has failed to enforce our immigration laws.

Tom in Quito, Ecuador writes:
Not necessary! I am confident it will be challenged by others. In the fullness of time, it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Norm writes:
The federal government should thank Jan Brewer and Arizona for doing their job. Then the government should step up to the plate and secure our nation's borders. The U.S. is a sovereign country.

Lynn writes:
No! How dare they waste our tax dollars to try to challenge what the majority support! Typical Democrats.

Filed under: Government • Immigration
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Resistance

    The Federal Government should have done it's job in the first place. Arizona doesn't want illegals entering our State.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  2. Dennis

    Maybe the Arizona Governor should sue the Federal Government for non-performance of it's duties for the failure to enforce existing Federal laws

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  3. Tess

    I back Arizona all the way.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  4. scott

    seems like arizona should sue the federal government for not doing there job.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  5. Craig Wilson

    Everyone should sue Arizona.

    Craig Wilson
    Casa Grande, AZ

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  6. John Fleet

    No. Arizona is just doing what the US Gevernment has refused to do for years, enforce its own immigration laws.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  7. Charlie O

    NO! Arizona should sue the us goverment for not enforcing the law, as it is written.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  8. D Martin

    I totally support our governor in this issue. I am proud of her for having the courage to take this stand. She, as we all, are tired of the lack of help we have recieved from the Federal government with regard to protecting our civil rights and our borders as Americans. Kuddos to Governor Brewer!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  9. Ira

    NO, the people of the US should sue the Feds for failing to "Insure domestic security" and federal law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  10. Ray

    No !! Not Now, Not Ever !!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  11. Dick Jonas

    If the Attorney General intends to sue Arizona over its immigration law, he must sue the Federal Government as well. The two laws are the same, except for one glaring difference. The Arizona law specifically prohibits racial profiling; the federal law does not.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  12. John from San Antonio

    The federal government should not sue Arizona for trying to do what the federal government should have been doing for years. Under cuurent economic conditions any sane person would consider it criminal. It shouldn't surprise anyone though since government only acts in favor of large corporations many of whom are benefitting from this modern form of slavery.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  13. John

    Absolutely, they should sue! This is a violation of rights of true American citizens. Now, there is a politician here in Alabama that wants to get elected solely on the idea that Arizona had it right! I think this is nothing but disguised racism, deceptively made to seem like it is really about illegal immigration.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  14. Josh

    Hell no. Are you kidding me? When the landlord won't fix the fence to keep others out of my yard and it's costing me money to maintain it, I have to take matters into my own hands and do what it takes to live safe. The landlord shouldn't sue me for doing something that they should have taken care of themselves.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  15. al spalding

    The federal government has been unable or unwilling to protect our borders and citizens . . . so leave Arizona alone . . . at least there taking a stand to protect our citizens . . .BRAVOI

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Gee – The Feds don't have anything better to do than sue a State for taking action when they have failed to do so? Good thing I'm not in charge. I'd think about mining the border.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  17. Kevin M

    This administration and Democrats just don't get it. They just like to waste money. Isn't that just typical of them!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  18. Jim Ledbetter

    Absolutely not

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    No. They should adopt a similar law. Any time you are stopped by police, they ask for identification. If you are driving, they also ask for proof of insurance and registration. Why is this different? The only reason they are considering suing is to court the hispanic vote in Nov. Politics as usual.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. Tim Smith

    Yes they should sue them. Sad thing is the politicians make the state look bad. I now look at that state totally different. Sue them now to deter other states from taking a federal problem into their own hands.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  21. Gary Boylan

    No! The government should enforce existing Federal Law and fine the employers of ILLEGALS. The government should enforce the security of our Northern and Southern borders.
    Both Bush and Obama are wrong to promote Amnesty.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  22. joe keneson

    sueing az over the new immigration law would be just one more nail in the coffin of western civilization

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  23. Barry

    The federal government should NOT be suing Arizona over SB 1070. The federal government SHOULD be doing more to enforce the nation's immigration laws. Imagine if the Washington Mounument were closed due to drug and human smugglers. Imagine if Independence Hall had been shut down for four years because of drug smuggling and human trafficking in the building or on the grounds. The inaction of the federal government is the reason SB 1070 came about and Arizona is ground zero for drug smuggling and human trafficking.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  24. james

    NO.Why give Arizonian grief for doing the feds job.When did illegals get the free pass to IGNORE our laws.If they break into mcdonalds they would go to jail.Why not from breaking into the us.And anchor babies should never be awarded for there parents crime.Illegal IS A CRIME.
    Sad i teach my kids to OBEY the law and right from wrong.Now do i teach them we all obey the law unless your illegal? Yes yes i know illegals do these crimes for a better life.So do drug dealers,hookers,car jackers.we all want a better life.The law is the no on ONE is above it.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  25. Sheila Bonnell

    Not only should the federal government NOT sue Arizona for their new immigration law, they should send armed troops to Arizona to combat para-military type drug gangs with AK-47s who outgun and outman AZ law enforcement officers! It's just unbelievable, and it makes me furious!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  26. Ralph Spyer

    No the federal government should make E Verify the law of the land. U.S. law requires comaanys to employ ONLY individuals who may LEGALLY work in the U.S { US citizens or foreign citizen with authorization. The federal government should be sue

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  27. juan

    Yes! And return arizona back to mexico!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  28. Todd H

    The state of Arizona has embarrassed that group of clowns we call the federal government by actually addressing an issue that has been ignored for decades, so now the feds are trying to bully them economically. Is there a place where real patriots can donate money to help Arizona fight America's battle?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  29. B

    If that's what it takes to get this bill out of the picture, then by all means yes they should. This law is a witch hunt hiding behind the curtain of corrupt politics, and everyone knows it. Nobody, immigrant or otherwise, is going to be walking around with the mountain of documentation that this law demands and Arizona knows it. They are eager to find scape goats for their problems instead of focusing their energy on finding more reasonable ways to fix them. We need to end this nonsense before it's too late. This isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened in history, why can't we learn from previous mistakes?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  30. Rick Ladner

    The federal government should sue the federal government for not enforcing the federal laws that we have on the books. If the feds did what they were supposed to do we wouldn't have this problem. I just can't believe that people just don't get it.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  31. jacob Eidt

    No! No! No! Arazona should sue the FederalGovernment for failure to provide protection for its citizens

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  32. Carol Todd

    How could the federal government sue a state over passing a law that reiterates/mirrors federal law????!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  33. South Carolina Southern Gentleman

    No, Fed should be protecting our borders. Arizona has the right to defend thier borders if the Fed Govt wont. Get off your butts American people and rally behind your States rights.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  34. Adam White

    No, Arizona should sue the federal government for not enforcing the law. The key words in Arizona's actions are not racism and discrimination it's "capacity" and "resources"
    They're watching California go bankrupt and they're trying to avoid it and they've got the guts to enforce the law ratified through our legal, democratic process.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  35. Toni McGetrick

    I don't believe the Federal Government should sue because if the Feds would do their job we wouldn't need a state immigration law in Arizona.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  36. Francesca

    Sue Arizona??? Are you kidding...we should applaud them and adopt that same law in all our states bordering Mexico! Gee, I wonder what Mexico would do to Americans who got into their country illegally and then began to set up house, get a job, use their emergency rooms for Dr's. visits.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  37. Eli Welloch

    Yes Yes a Thousand Times Yes!

    Governor Brewer can't on the one hand pass a law that is patently discriminatory and offensive and that her own attorney general doesn't like enough to mount a defense for, while on the other asking the federal government not to do its duty to fight discrimination because SHE believes every issue will be covered in the other lawsuits. It's a matter of good government and the protection of civil liberties, and if Governor Brewer doesn't like that, she can move to a non-democratic country where she'll be more comfortable.

    From Philadelphia, PA

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  38. Mattie Williams


    No, the government should not sue Arizona.
    I am trying to figure out just which country or countries does Washington support, it certainly is not the United States.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  39. Jim McGuiness

    I retired from the police dept of my town here in AZ years ago, but still live here with my wife. My grown children all live in AZ. We don't want this law. It is divisive, will do nothing about illegal immigration. The claim about increased violence caused by illegals is a myth. This is all for politics, blaming Hispanics for the recession we are in here in AZ. This law will make life much harder today officers on the beat to protect and serve the people of AZ.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  40. Robert Rowley

    NO the Federal Government should not sue our state over 1070! The Fed has dropped the ball on immigration for years. Under Reagan we had an amnesty and now the illegals feel that all they have to do is come to the U.S., wait it out, and sooner or later there will be another amnesty. Meanwhile crime from accross the border increases, more and more of our state is off limits and unsafe for us, more and more of our health, education, welfare and employment dries up. I grew up in Willcox, Cochise County, Arizona where now, places I went as a child I can no longer go due to criminals from Mexico.

    HP1070 exactly mirrors Federal law...it does not exceed it. It simply makes an existing Federal law into State law and imposes a state penalty for the violation of it just as other laws here in Arizona and other states do.

    I am a lifelong Democrat, I voted for President Obama and more or less supported him...up till he started laughing at us. I will not vote for him again. BUILD THE FENCE!

    Tucson, Arizona

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  41. Debbie

    Of course not! Arizona is doing what it has to because of the inaction of the Federal Government. How dare this even be considered! My grandmother was born in Mexico, but she learned English & became an American citizen. I'm planning a trip out west in the fall & look forward to visiting Arizona!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  42. Seve

    Absolutely. Although the Arizona's new immigration law has good intentions, it doesn't address the most important question surrounding immigration: Why are these people choosing illegal means of entering our country rather than entering the country legally? The answer is that our immigration system is broken. The way the laws are written now it requires a person to live in the United States for 10 years before you can apply for citizenship. You can not leave for any reason even if your family members in other countries get sick and/ or die. This lawsuit is forcing lawmakers to address the bigger issues. Not just chasing down people because of the color of their skin.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  43. Resistance

    The Federal Government should have done it's job in the first place. Arizona doesn't want illegals entering our State.

    I am from ARIZONA

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  44. kris

    No, Arizona should not be sued...Every state should have an immigration law. All the illegal aliens need to go back where they came from. Welfare, crime, and drugs would go down dramatically. I say get them all out of our country. It's time to take our country back!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  45. SUE

    No, the government should NOT sue Arizona over the immigration law. I have family living in Arizona and have been to visit many times. People who do not live there have no idea what it is like and until some of these politicians, including Obama, go down and spend some time there they really shouldn't judge what the governor is trying to do. I'm sure her actions are out of frustration that the Federal Government does not enforce the law that is already on the books. Why isn't the President supporting her instead of wasting time and money trying to sue the state. It is just ridiculous!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  46. Corey

    The Fed's shouldn't get involved...If Arizona is so concerned about wasteful spending then they should concerned about the millions of dollars they'll spend in law suits as it pertains to Civil Rights Violations!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  47. John L. Neves

    Yes, just because it is the law.

    Just a few know that the Arizona Gov. will share a lots of money with some lawyers with this fight. Tell me about it. Has you mentioned, happens in California also, tons of money. They whant the same money.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  48. Brett from Denver

    Yes, they should sue. Except they may have to settle for a civil suit. Something along the lines of Defamation of Character. You know, for severly embarrassing the Feds by showing that they haven't done a damn thing about illegal aliens for the past 30 years, while a lone state has done more than they have in one fell swoop.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  49. Sazh

    Madison, Michigan

    Well frankly, Arizona hasn't gotten the attention it deserves for it's immigration problems. However, turning it into a miniature fascist state by overreacting isn't a viable solution. While possibly well-intentioned, the new laws can easily be abused to force minorities out. So yes, the Federal government should sue Arizona to prevent the laws which violate Constitutional rights from being implemented. The feds should also put that money towards border defense in Arizona which would help fix the root of the problem.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  50. Pennie

    Hell no they shouldn't sue her they are pissed off because she is doing their job. i commend her on what she is doing I live in Texas but if I were in Arizona I would be proud to stand by her side. Obama should be ashamed that this lady has the guts to do this and we know he can't stand by her after all he has family her illegially himself and how do we know that he is legal himself has he ever stepped forward to show his birth certficate. Pennie in Bryan, Teaxas

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  51. Robert

    we have been lied to for years–

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  52. greg

    No. Illegal imagration needs to be brought under control NOW. I think the US government needs to do everything that Arizona is doing.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  53. LBZ Mike

    Absolutely Not. AZ. should have the right to protect its boarders and citizens. We should applaud the actions taken by AZ and adopt them here in CA. Each state has its own issues and should be allowed to address and resolve them as needed. The Fed Gov. does not deal with these issues on a daily basis and is numb to their effects both financially and legally. Leave AZ. be and worry about the problems that have national concern.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  54. Michael De Lisle

    Maybe the citizens of Arizona should sue the Federal Government for doing very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. We in Arizona have an ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION problem. And kudos for Governor Brewer to something about it. We in Arizona are open to suggestions, but until we get a reasonable alliterative, this is our best option. And to hear from people like Mayor gordon and his development buddies, (developers who use illegal immigrants for profit), speak out against this law while they have done little to curve the flow of illegal immigrants is ludicrous.
    Mike from Phoenix

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  55. jim

    Arizona could avoid a federal Law suit by just passing a law that calls for jail time for anyone who is involved in employing Illegal Immigrants. If Immigrants must carry papers to prove to law enforcement that they are here legally then they should possess them when applying for work. When it comes to drugs just legalize them and that will stop too.

    No jobs, no reason to come.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  56. Olaf Clemenson

    No,,The goernment should maybe follow her in uphoding the
    that they have made. O.Clemenson

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  57. Kevin McCarthy

    I don't think we need to waste the federal govt taxpayer dollars on something they should be taking care of anyway.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  58. Harold Miller

    The other states should follow Arizona's law. Illegal immigration must be brought under control. There is also a need for immigration reform. The vast majority of Latinos are excellent citizens. They have added rich cultural and spiritual values to the U.S.

    Harold J. Miller

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  59. Pete Stanaiits

    No, the federal government should NOT sue Arizaona over its new immigration law.
    Something has to change. I fully support legal immigration. If I didn't, I'd use our formal law-chainging processes to change it;
    It's illegal entry into this country, for any reason, that I'm against.
    I voted for Bush and he didn't get anything done. Now that we have a democrat in office, you'd thik he'd make/allow some change just to show that he can do what the other guys couldn't.
    Our debt burdened US economy should take joy at the fact the Arizona is trying to do something on its own, without charging the federal coffers for it.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  60. rory murray

    Not only should the Feds NOT sue Arizona, they had better back them and Gov. Brewer to the hilt. If not, it's "Hasta La Vista AMERICA!".
    It is NOT "racist" for a Sovereign Nation to demand a Secure Border, especially in a time of war. VIVA ARIZONA!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Sharon Sandell, Chicago

    The federal government should sue Arizona over its new immigration law ONLY if the current administration wishes to be voted out of office in 2012. I grew up in Arizona, and while the state was way too conservative for me, I do understand, that Arizona cannot afford what illegal immigration is costing it. It is a matter of survival. The federal government has totally failed to address the problem over multiple administrations. Illegal residents have no right to vote. Perhaps those of us who always vote need to send the federal government–which is, after all, accountable to us–that message loudly and clearly. This is one instance where I applaud Arizona's legislature's courage and foresight.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  62. Paula

    As a resident of Arizona I am appalled that the Federal Government hasn't done enough to secure the border. I have hiked the mountains within 5 miles of the border and have seen the illegals crossing, and there is no way of knowing if they are drug dealers, human smugglers, or just people crossing for work. The border patrol agents patrol the national parks, and mountainous areas near the border but they can't be in all places at once, it is a very big area. I think the Feds should spend the money on more border patrol agents rather than a lawsuit that most people don't agree with.

    Marana, AZ

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  63. Pat Wilson

    YES>>> This law is a free pass to profile Hispanics and others. We know that we can not trust bureaucrats to follow what the thought was behind laws. We know they will twist it to their advantage.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  64. Tammy

    Oceanside, CA
    NO, the Federal Government should NOT sue Arizona. Why should illegals have more rights than Americans? It is time to get real and face the fact that illegals in this country are bankrupting us. Our schools are suffering, our healthcare system is suffering and the work force is suffering. For example, a very well educated person such as myself can't find a job because I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH. Hello! I live in the UNITED STATES. Our official language is ENGLISH.

    Every state needs to adopt the same law as Arizona. Every state should sue the Federal Government for not protecting US from the illegal population. Not the other way around!

    Hooray for Arizona for being brave enough to stand up for themselves. California needs to do the same....PLEASE! I love my state and I am tired of fighting for my rights as an American.

    Thank you for your time!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  65. Bruce Andrew Peters

    Quiet the opposite. The federal government should be sued to ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS. We do not need "immigration reform, " rather enforcement of existing laws.

    Recently, we waited for ten hours, yes, ten hours, at the hospital emergency room, behind a long line of immigrants who were taking advantage of free emergency room care, to treat their colds and the like.

    We cannot allow every person, from every country who wants to live here to move in, just because they can trespass our border. We do not have the space and resources for all of the people in the world.

    Any other country in the world would deport 20 million illeagal immigrant Americans in a minute, without apologies. Just look at Mexico's strict immigration enforcement!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  66. shirley

    The the State of Arizona should sue the federal government for not upholding the law.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  67. Lisa B

    I grew up in Tucson, Arizona and I have seen for years the escalation of violence in the southern part of the state due to the ease of entry into that region of the country. The violence IS far worse in Az than in the other 3 bordering states. Last time I stepped foot in Mexico was 1987 and the increasing violence is the majority of that reason! As someone who has lived it, I feel the opinions of those that have not witnessed it first hand should be disregarded, as in those expressed in our nation's Capitol.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  68. djh-TEXAS

    Should federal govt. sue Arizona over immigration law?

    You have got to be kidding. It should be the other way around. Arizona should be suing Obama and the Federal Government for not securing our borders.

    You know what it is all about. Obama and the Democrats would rather have the Mexican vote then secure the borders. They are putting the security of the United States at risk for what?


    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Jan Wa. State

    No. Let them live with the outcome, whatever that will be.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  70. Debbie

    I think Arizona should be sueing the Federal Government for not enforcing the immigration laws and letting illegal immigrants get away with comming into the states. If they want to come here let them come legally, get a job, and pay taxes. The federal government should not be protecting armed drug smugglers and traffickers.
    I have to show my ID

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  71. Cindy Foreman

    I moved here 9 yrs ago and everything the Gov is saying is true, it's a war zone here. It amazes me how people that don't live in this state have so many ideas on what SHOULD be done here. This law has been long overdue and if the Government sues AZ then they have to be the dumbest administration that has ever held office!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  72. Judy De Groat

    No, the Federal Government should not sue Arizona over it's immigration law. In fact, Arizona should sue the Federal Government for not doing their job securing their border. When the Federal Government falls down on their job, states have no option but to do whatever they can to protect their inhabitants.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  73. John Ebster

    I live in North Carolina, and have been worried about the immigration problem in the united states. The federal government isn't doing enough and i understand Arizona wanted to take things into their own hands, but this law just has "racial profiling" written all over it! I believe comprehensive immigration reform is the way to go, it will also help our economy!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  74. Jim Blevins

    Absolutely. Residency questions for people from other countries is a strictly federal matter and the federal government should protect that.

    Clearly Arizona has a drug and gang problem. They should address that head on. Any connection between Arizona's drug and gang problem and immigration is irrelevant. Who really cares about the citizenship of a drug smuggler or the member of a violent gang.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  75. Don in NV

    Instead of sueing Arizona over their illegal immigrant laws, the U.S. government should use the Arizona laws, and their intent, as an example for new federal regulations and their enforcement. Has anyone in the federal government bothered to look up the meaning of "ILLEGAL"? What makes the illegals, and their advocates, believe that because they're here, they're entitled to be here?
    Round them up and ship them out.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  76. Smith in Oregon

    Should the federal govt. sue the State of Arizona of it's illegal, bigotted and entirely racist immigration law?

    Absolutely Jack, and I'm proud that Oregon's Attorney General and team of attorneys are lending their judical expertise on behalf of the Obama Administration in going after this illegal law in federal court.

    Am I surprised the Republican Governor of Arizona is whining and crying about the number of lawsuits and the costs the State of Arizona is going to now pony up to met just it's judicial challenges over the illegal, bigoted and entirely racist immigration law she signed? Not at all, she reminds me of a drug addict coming down after a bender, all teared up and crying about what she has done to herself and her State.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |

    NO,NO Big brother need to stay out of the way peroid.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  78. George Bates, Grafton, Ohio

    No the government should not sue Arizona. All Arizona is doing is using Federal law The majority of the country is in favor of Arizona.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  79. Chris

    NO! They are protecting AMERICANS.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  80. Roger - Phoenix Az

    I have lived in Arizona since 1966. The illegal immigrants no how to use our laws, and compassion against us. We have to go tothe emergency rooms free,that's a law. They get welfare, how can any hard working American of any other race qualify, you have to have 7 kids and work for cash. It's endless with claims for workers compensation with phoney claims, etc. Everyone knows what is going on but are afraid to do anything. Except Jan Brewer, our only hope!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  81. Tm

    The federal gov't should open it's eyes and realize the problems Arizona has on illegal aliens,drug cartels and killings. Leave arizona alone. The federal gov't should help Arizona enforce the new immigration law!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  82. Bernard Perez

    Jack, I don't understand what grounds that have to sue Arizona, the law mirrors that if federal law. And states are allowed to enforce state laws with or without the federal goverment.
    I see the federal government losing this case in court.

    Bernard Perez
    Panama City, Florida

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  83. Brian

    NO!! The federal government should NOT sue Arizona over its' new immigration law. What has happened to states & citizens rights? Surely the money and effort could be directed to something more productive. I am so mad that "some" in our federal government is trying to give illegal immigrants the same freedoms and privilages that legal citizens enjoy. WAKE-UP politicians in D.C. IF INDIVIDUALS ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THEY SHOULD NOT & DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS, FREEDOMS AND PRIVILAGES THAT LEGAL CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY ENJOY. Here is an idea.... What if we simply treated the illegal immigrants the same way that their own country would treat someone that is illegal in their home country?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  84. rick maryland

    Should the Federal Government be sued for failing to enforce its own laws?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  85. MacFab From Nacogdoches, Texas

    Jack while I do not think that people should come to USA illegally, I believe that you would have been amongst the 72% of the Hispanic that opposed to this law if you were to Hispanic. Most people supporting this law are doing that out of frustration. Most lawyers do not support it because it is their area of expertise like the attorney general of Arizona. Legitimate citizens will be harassed I can assure you that. If federal government believes that it is illegal then it should challenge it. MacFab

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  86. Kevin / NE

    If the AG of THAT state doesn't support the law, wouldn't you think the gov would rethink the law or protental law suits? Bringing dialog to the table is important. AZ has some problems in respect to aliens and understandably so but; the businesses there are still hiring illegals otherwise they (illegals) wouldn't go there. It's like AZ is just baiting the conflict.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  87. lori

    If the Federak Govt. sues Az. . wouldn't that be similar to suing the

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Michael Z

    Yes Jack, it should. In addition it's time individual states start to pass 'hate' tax initiatives against Arizona for it's behavior. If you think that Arizona's opposition to Martin Luther Kings birthday, it's birther stance, it's new immigration law, and now it's attempt to keep children born in this country from becoming citizens isn't about hate then your an idiot.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  89. Gloria Krafft

    For the Us Government to sue Arizona over the Imigration law about to take effect is too ludicrous to believe – or is it like the BIG LIE Hitler used so well. Go so far out of reason that people will believe it must be right! In fact, Arizona and all other border States should be suing the Federal Government for failure to act on it's oown Imigration Law! Are Mexica votes that precious to that many? How pathetic! Win as election, lose a Nation!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  90. Bill in PA


    There is a sane way to manage our borders and immigration.
    We could stop Americans arming the drug cartels.
    We could de-criminalize drug use and save Mexico as a nation and stop funding the terrorists. Saving lives and billions of dollars and the flow of people across out borders.

    But these measures require common sense and work but are not profitable to corporations so will not happen.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  91. Margaret Wiltshire

    The Federal Government's #1 job is to protect our constitution. Yes, sue. Jail CEO's who hire illegal workers. That would help. Send the National Guard to borders to protect against crimminals. In NM we have hispanic citizens who have farmed and ranched here since before we were a country or states. Their rights as citizens include not being harassed. The multi-national Food CEO's are the biggest problem when it comes to illegal workers.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  92. yurfriend from MS

    Isn't the Arizona law based on the federal government's immigration law? If so, then shouldn't they sue them self ?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  93. jacob Eidt

    No Again. The people of Arizona, and other States should sue the federal Government for restricting th use of federal land and parks as a resulto of failure to enforce federal immigration laws.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  94. C.R.James

    Let them sue–it will show American people how the present liberal
    administration is in favor of illegal immigration & will do nothing
    to enforce stopping it in any way.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  95. Erika McFee

    NO, the federal government should not sue the State of Arizona... They should thank Arizona for doing the job that isn't being done by them! Napolitano should be ashamed of herself, turning a blind eye to the the issue that she once dealt with! Unacceptable.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |

    The US Government should not sue Arizona over its illegal immigration bill. Obama needs to secure our border first then we can talk about illegal immigrates that are in our country illegal. The Key word here is "Illegal".

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Tim Rowe

    as a 25 year resident of Glendale Arizona I can say from experience that SB1070 is exactly the right thing for Arizona.
    I feel the Federal Government should support SB1070 not oppose it.
    SB1070 is the direct result of federal inaction regarding illegal immigration, so what do the "Feds" expect us to do?just sit back and let our state be over-run with illegal immigrants?
    Too late for that....it has already happened!
    SB1070 is Arizonans taking back Arizona!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  98. John MacDonald

    Of course NOT. This is an absurd proposition. When is a state not allowed to defend itself?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Ken Viva

    Bloomingdale, Illinois

    Of course not!! Arizona should sue the US Govt. for negligence!!
    This invasion of our country that has been allowed by the US Govt for many years needs to stop. Oh, nut that would mean a loss of votes....

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Kevin A.

    The state of AZ should file a suit against the Federal Govt. for it's failure to protect the people of AZ and failure to enforce federal imigration laws.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  101. Randy Hawthorne

    I used to live in Arizona for about fifteen months, and I know personally that the crime is out of control there and, yes, there are large groups of illegal immigrants just standing by the roadsides all the time waiting for work, with no federal response whatsoever. The whole time I lived there I was very concerned for the safety of my infant son, whom I did not want to see kidnapped by Mexican drug gangs, so much so that I felt compelled to leave before the drug wars got any worse. So far into Barack Obama's presidency-whom I actually voted for- I believe his response to the plight of illegal immigration, particularly in Arizona, has been totally inappropriate and irresponsible, as well as his attitude to the people of Arizona in general. And I simply cannot comprehend how it is that we can pump billions of dollars that we don't have to spend into wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and be so utterly complacent and ineffectual about the war that is right at our border-and rapidly spilling over into our soil. If our government worried about own people and our economy as much as they claim to, they would take this issue a lot more seriously.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  102. Tony Allen

    I think the Government Should use the new law as a model for a National Immigration law. I don't have a problem with people immigrating to the US, after all, the country was built on immigration. I do, however, think you you are not a US citizen. GO HOME!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  103. MIKE

    I believe the Goverment should support arizonas new immagration law 100%, i spent 37 years in the military and consider anyone who dose not support this new law a discrase to all those who shed their blood or gave their lives so we could be free.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  104. Mary Powell

    i don't understand what the problem is with the new immigration laws of Arizona. If your an illegal immigrant then you have some worries, but if your legally in the USA, what is the problem?why the government wants to stop this I have no clue! Seems to me they would want to help stop the illegals from infiltrating our country. I myself, think its a great idea. Mary

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  105. steve thomas

    If any party should be sued, it should be the Fed. Gov. I grew up in Southern California and witnessed parts of it turn into what might be called Little Mexico because Federal Authorities failed to address the mass illegal immigration issue decades ago. Anyone who's ever lived in a border State or near the Mexican border understand the implications of lax policy, economic woes (California) not to mention the Homeland threat illegal immigration poses.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  106. Col. Robert D. Shanks Jr. USAFR (Ret.)

    I served 5 counter drug tours of duty along the border as a military intelligence analyst and can tell you first hand our state's border (I live in Prescott, AZ) is indeed one very dangerous place to even consider visiting. The federal government has no business suing Arizona.

    The Arizona law, and I've read it, is written exactly like the federal law. The government under Bush and now under Obama have failed to enforce our immigration laws. The current administration needs to get off the dime and enforce our laws. I'm not against immigration, but do it legally. The state of Arizona has sent a strong message to Washington D.C, "do your job".

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  107. MacFab From Nacogdoches, Texas

    Jack while I do not think that people should come to USA illegally, I believe that you would have been amongst the 72% of the Hispanic that opposed this law if you were to Hispanic. Most people supporting this law are doing that out of frustration. Most lawyers do not support it because it is their area of expertise like the attorney general of Arizona. Legitimate citizens will be harassed I can assure you that. If federal government believes that it is illegal then it should challenge it. MacFab

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  108. johnny fowler

    jack i think the fedral goverment should be sued instead of arizona because they are the ones not doing thier job . I am really proud of them for standing up and saying enough is enough , i wish more states would do the same we could fix this problem ourself-–.PS i really love your segment, keep on telling it like it is.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  109. Resistance

    What rights do the States have, if they can't even defend they're borders, from invaders?

    Arizona is a free State, we will not allow an underground slave market.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  110. dean enze Yamhill, OR.

    No the government should not sue Arizona. WE need to have this law in every one of our states, not just Arizona. Why should anyone be allowed to live in our country illegally? Go though the proper steps to become a citizen or go back to your own country and don't come back. I mean this without even taking in to consideration the drug smuggling issues.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  111. Richard Stankowski

    Fed should not sue Arizona; they should put land mines along a 1/8 mile wide strip along the entire Arizona/Mexican border with plenty of warning signs in English and Spanish. No more illegals.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  112. Douglas Greenough

    No, Jack, I think Az. should be suing the Federal Govt for negligence.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  113. Marlene Koehl

    No. The Arizona law embodies the spirit of Federal Immigration laws. Suing Arizona would only demonstrate the continuing unwillingness of the Federal Government to enforce Federal Law.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  114. John Bernhart

    I am a proud fiscal Liberal who supports the Obama Administration's so-called "Socialist" policies. But these policies should be aimed at helping American citizens, not illegals. The Arizona law is good, proper, and should be supported by any government that professes to help ordinary people. Illegal immigration hurts ordinary people in many ways. To challenge it is wasteful, stupid, and Anit-American!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  115. John O

    Having lived in Tucson and experienced the problem firsthand, the federal government really needs to redirect its energies to enforcing our borders rather than taking a state to court that is simply trying to uphold existing federal law and defend its citizens from illegals, drug trafficking, and drug violence –the majority of which orginates in Mexico.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  116. Phil

    No, The federal government is the guilty party, we should sue them.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  117. Mayra from Miami

    Governor Brewer and her Republican colleagues should have known that the Arizona's immigration law she signed that allows for racial profiling would come under fire by the Federal Government. Her state has decided to openly discriminate against all "Mexicans" or anyone for that matter who looks Hispanic. So she and her state are getting everything they deserve. Immigration is a federal program and states cannot be allowed to create their own versions.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  118. bill strain

    No! If the US Government cannot or will not control the illigal immigration into Arizona, that state has the right to limit it in the best way they can, because of the kidnappings, rapings, and drug and human smuggling that is occuring there.

    If the citizens of Arizona do not have this right, they have no rights at all.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  119. Bert

    Suing Arizona is a diversion from doing something that can actually help the immigration problem. No it won't, Mr. Holder. Is the Obama administration out of ideas?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  120. Kenn

    The U.S. Government should give the Arizona a medal for its attempt to resolve a problem that the federal government should long ago have addressed. The nation is being invaded (primarily) through that state, and the federal government ignores the situation. The federal government ought to sue itself for non-performance of its duties.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  121. Jim Adcock

    No, Arizona should sue the Federal Govt and Eric Holder for not upholding the law protecting the citizens of Arizona and the rest of the Nation from illegal intrusions into the United States through Arizona's borders.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  122. Tyler

    No the federal government should not sue Arizona. We have fewer hospitals today versus the 1980's because of illegal immigrants. The highest cost to a hospital is labor and deliever. The anchor babies caused several hospitals around the United States to shut down. California has seen there share of closed hospitals. Oklahoma's medicaid cost makes up 25% of our debt. Medicaid is primarly used for women who are pregant or have children. So for ever Oklahoma dollar paid to taxes goes to medicaid. The south side of Oklahoma City has several illegal immigrants where ever you look. When I look around I see several illegal hispanic women with several kids and numerous cases they are pregnant again. America needs to wake up you can not take a person from Mexico and put them in a predominately illegal immigrant hispanic communittee and expect them to conform to our morals, values, and beliefs. My wife went to school on the south side and she was in the R.O.T.C. class and during the national anthum a group of illegal hispanic kids whipped out the Mexican flag and started haulering during the ceremony. These same kids are anchor babies are being taught by teachers paid for by Americans. What makes an American an American is our morals, values, and beliefs. Illegal immigrants need to change there country if they don't like there system not come ruin ours. Our forfathers faught for our rights and freedoms not for Mexico's or any other country. That is the difference of who has rights in this country.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  123. Espinoza

    Definitely not, are you kidding? I don't believe sueing the state of Arizona will result in a miracle decrease in illegal immigration, nor do I have faith that any money gained by the gov't from such a suit would go towards handling illegal immigration. But the federal government has its way of solving things the unpopular way.


    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  124. Frank Fleming

    The federal government should not sue Arizona, but should be doing every thing they can to assist Arizona......like enforcing existing Federal laws regarding illegal entry into the United States. Where are the 1,200
    National Guard troops the President promised three weeks ago?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  125. Polly J. Merz

    No, the federal government shouldn't sue Arizona. It's clear the majority of Arizonans support the new immigration law, along with many other states. What do people not understand about LEGAL and ILLEGAL? If someone wants to live in the U.S., DO IT LEGALLY. Wouldn't any of us wanting to live in another country have to follow their laws? I'm tired of the illegals abusing many of our governmental services in the U.S.: AHCCCS, Food Stamps, Workmen's Compensation, health care, not to mention filing frivolous lawsuits for monetary gain.

    I'm an Arizona native now living in Round Rock, Texas

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  126. dan moran

    The federal Govenment shouldnt interfere with the law people of Arizona have asked for and now will finnally get. It is the basic Duty of government to protect their people. It is shamefull that the Federal Government hasn’t provided this protection. And even more shameful that the FED. Is even considering trying to block this protection. I applaud Arizona lawmakers for taking legitimate efforts to protect their people and wish all States would be that interested in protecting their leagal citizans.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  127. Scot on the Gulf Coast

    No we should not sue Arizona, we should tell them we have decided to enforce our existing laws and legal actions will not be needed.

    This is what a far left US government looks like... law suits, back room deals, incompetence, zars, etc, etc. Take a good look America and try not to forget in the coming decades, so we don't have to endure this insanity again in our life times.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  128. john new york

    no Arizona is on the front lines and the US government has allowed the problem to fester and compound while they procrastinate on solving it. Arizona is left to protect its own people.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  129. Pi

    Certainly not. But maybe it's time this whole illegal immigration thing got a good public airing. The fed is going to come out with egg on its face for its total failure to enforce existing laws and then trying to trample a state that stepped up to do the job. On the off chance the fed prevails (by virtue of Supreme Court justices being federal appointees), it will find it has only thrown fuel on the immigration fires and further angered an already totally fed-up citizenry.

    Denver, CO

    June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  130. CJ

    Should the Federal Government sue Arizona over its new immigration law?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Governor Brewer just wants to protect the citizens of Arizona. We are facing a lot of problems here with illegals. People are being killed, raped and kidnapped. One rancher was shot several times. The ranchers at the border do not feel safe and can no longer live there. It costs our state a lot of money to support the illegals. They apply for all the freebees, medical, food benefits, etc. There are legal people here that are in bad shape, and when they file for the same benefits, they are denied. I feel that something is very wrong in the U.S allowing them to cross our borders without trying to get citizenship here.

    Prescott Valley, AZ

    June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  131. Sam

    The US Government should not be suing AZ over their new immigration law.

    AZ (and all other states) should be suing the US Government for NOT upholding the immigration laws.

    The situation is RIDICULOUS. Legal alien residents get scolded for being out of the USA for more than 6 months while illegal aliens have rights that US citizens don't and can come, go, commit crimes, get free emergency treatments, citizenship for their anchor babies, etc.

    And God forbid if someone asks them where they are from...

    Yet another indicator of the beginning of the end for the U.S. civilization

    June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  132. Eric H

    would it realy work? would it get the poine out? no one knows!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  133. John, NY

    The Federal Government should be SUPPORTING this law, as it is modeled after Federal Immigration Law! How can the Federal Government be so hypocritical of a state actually enforcing a law that they have been lax on? It's because of the Federal Governments lazyness to enforce their law that Arizona took the steps to make it a state law.

    And how many Americans have gone overseas and needed to provide papers to show their citizenship as well as get 100's of questions as to why they are there in the first place? God forbid you get pulled over in Europe without your passport! And that happens to people just visiting, not trying to live there and leach the system!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  134. Todd Mackett

    The federal government should be ashamed of itself, suing a legitament state government over a law the is supported by federal law. This once again proves that illegals have more rights than US citizens – the apparent right to free health care, the apparent right to drive around without car insurance, the apparent right to free education (while simultaneously ruining that very institution), the apparent right not to pay taxes, the apparent right to avoid laws. It's shameful that these people apparently get to choose to live here. I got news for them – this is our country and WE get to choose who gets in. Do we allow poor, unhealthy, uneducated people into the US to be a public burden or do we choose to allow smart, educated, entrepreneur, who help drive our economy into this country? The non enforcement of our illegal immigration laws is quite literally the difference between choosing between a first rate country and 3rd world socialist nation. I ask my fellow legal citizens to think about what kind of future these unenforced laws enabling. It's quite clear that the southwest US will become Mexico both in culture and in territory.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  135. Paul F. Caron

    Jack: No, they shouldn't. Actually, the federal government should be the one being sued for not enforcing its own rules. The feds have ignored the legitimate illegal immigration rules for so long that this inaction on their part has created a monster. That which is actually constitutionally proper and correct is now being perceived as bad and incorrect due to the many pressure groups that have been able to arise and appease the impropriety.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Jenny T.

    Of course! They are just wanting to take matters into their own hands! This is not right, they say this will not cause racial profiling but it will..put pressure on the feds to do something about it! Arizona shouldnt have made this law..now we have protests and law suits that are costing the state alot of money! Comprehensive immigration reform! I looked into it, and it will help our country's economy and to get the millions of illigals out of the shadows!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  137. Tom

    If you are not an AZ resident please tell me what part of your state is off limits to you. There is also a sign with a safety warning located just 50 miles south of Phoenix. People live there. If this was happening in your state you would be freaking.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  138. Roger

    The federal government – as the saying goes – should lead, follow, or get out of the way. The federal government isn't leading.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  139. Olaf Clemenson

    NO...The government shouldmaybe follow her in upholding the law
    that they have made.OClemenson

    June 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  140. Misha

    No, the federal government should not sue Arizona over the immigration law because many people in the United States are supporters of it. It's about time that US start taking seriously of securing our borders. Instead of bunch of politicians or the government suing Arizona for the immigration law, how about US citizens sue the politicians or the government for their failure of protecting US borders. I would like to see the Arizona law applied nationally and it would be very helpful if the federal government would cooperate rather than be against this law.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  141. Laura

    In a word no! The State of Arizona intends to do what the Federal Government refuses to do, enforce immigration law.

    Phoenix, Arizona

    June 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  142. travis rooks

    its about time somebodys getting the country stirred up about illegal immagrants. shame on our country if they try to sue arizona.. somebody has to try to get a handle on this. go gov. brewer.
    what part of illegal does our country not get?
    try making a living in the construction industry..then they will get it.
    travis rooks
    wilmington nc

    June 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  143. Wayne

    NO Jack...they should use the money to secure our borders!! As a Law enforcement officer and have contacted many others, we applaud Arizona and Missouri for their stand on illegal immigration. How many wars have Mexico sent troops to help us fight? None. We owe them nothing, but they feel we owe them everything. Our Govt is weak and are looking for the votes. The American people spoke in 2007...but the idiots in DC are counting on the illegals to get elected again. Wake up America!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  144. Mark

    We are under attack by swarms of illegals & drug cartels.illegals are putting a bourdon on are infrastructures resulting in many level 1 trauma centers closing or in danger of .violence of levels we have not seen yet on this side of our border.mexiican presidents blaming our rhigts to have guns on their violence ,when over a decade of civil war in central America couldent possibly be a source of weapons..so no I don't think the fed should sue arrizona, but defend Americans in this argument wher there is blame enough for boh sides.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  145. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The Federal Government has enough to do and shouldn't tax its poor overworked staffs. A bright idea might be instead of wasting all of that time and money on frivolous lawsuits they might want to invest in defending the Constitutional rights of Americans. Why not simply enforce the federal laws that are already on the books. Oh, I forgot, that's not politically correct.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  146. Louis Florida

    Coming from an average Joe, I think that by suing Arizona it is a outright disgrace and slap in the face to our country and to our nation. To all the men and women who fought and gave their lives for our Country. If we don't take a stand now on this issue, this country is in big trouble. I commend the Govenor and her efforts in trying to keep her state and her citizens safe. I pray that our President and the United States Government has enough commen sense to see that.
    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  147. Melvin [Pete] Mason

    No, the federal government should not sue Arizona over the state's stringent anti-illegal-immigratioin law. The governor of Arizona is deperate to gain some control over a very difficult, exasperating situation, in the face of the fed's inability to muster a meaninful solution. While the Arizona law may be difficult to implement, and it may not be the best solution to a monumental problem, the citizens of AZ should be allowed to use it as they see fit. Any issue of racial or ethnic or any other type of profiling is coincidental. Meanwhile the federal government should be much more aggressive in developing and implementing a nationwide anti-illegal-immigration policy
    Pete Mason
    Aurora Colorado

    June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  148. James in North Carolina

    Yes, Jack, sue them. We can't have the states acting on their own! We all need to look to Washington and Obama to take care of us. What do the states know about anything? Can't have the local yokels trying to solve their own problems. Next thing you know they will be paving roads or cleaning out the ditches or brewing their own beer. Where do these people come off?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  149. Carmen Pacheco

    People who are NOT NATIVE ARIZONANS, should stay out of Az. politics. The Attorney General, who by the way, is a native, (Tucson), is against the immigration bill. The ranchers who live along the U.S./Mexican border, have settled there for years, and have had more than a cordial relationship with their next-door neighbors, until now. This state has been literally built by migrant hands...their sons have gone to fight wars on behalf of this nation, and they have been the trusted childcare providers for many an American family. The polls that are daily referenced to about the majority favoring this bill, do not live here. Also remember this, if the drafters of this legislation had their way, we would return to pre-civil war days...and YOU, would have to leave!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  150. Bill, Florida


    I think the federal government has made a good case for asking Arizona to set its law aside. If every state can make its own immigration law, then we have nothing but a patch work for every immigrant, legal or illegal, to understand from state to state. If we reform our laws at the federal level, and Arizona refuses to repeal its law, we have every right to sue that state. I also think that Arizona has gone overboard with its enforcement ideas, especially with regard to profiling. That's my take.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  151. steph

    No ! All states should sue the Federal Government for not deposting all illegals.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  152. louis neal

    No! i dont believe feds should be sueing Arizona because they have a right to protect themselves from illegal immigration if the federal government refuses to do so, also those who intice these people to break U.S laws whether on or side of the border or Mexico should be held responsible.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  153. Denise

    YES. It legalizes racial profiling, and makes any citizen an ICE officer. What does an Illegal alien looks like? What gives an officer "reasonable suspicion" ? It's a witch hunt for ALL hispanics (law abiding citizens & undocumented). Russell Pearce has Neo Nazi roots, FAIR has Neo Nazi roots. Try to deny that.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |

    Jack, The real deal here is to keep all of the atourney's (inside the beltway) working. Fifteen, sixteen lawsuits keep e'm coming we have a lot of lawyers to feed. If you don't think this is true, you are quite naive.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  155. Stan Haley

    No, The Government should not sue Arizona over its immigration law.
    The Government should stop the other five suits against Arizona also.
    I have no problem with Immigrants coming into America; They must do it the right way "Legally". I know Immigrants want a better life, so do I!
    What the real issue is when the people enter this country by hopping the fence they have just broken the law and how then can they say they support America when the first thing they do when they are here is break the law? I support Governor Jan Brewer. I applaud her efforts to keep America's borders safe for the people who are here legally!
    Stan Haley 50 year Resident / Tax Payer / Vet / Patriot.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  156. Christine Nibley

    There has to be avenues law enforcement can use to discover immigration status. If a person is here legally, they should be proud to show their immigration status. If they're not, they should face the consequences. Since when do we decide which laws to ignore.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  157. R

    Not only NO,but HELL NO, in any shape or form should Arizona be sued. The Federal Government has only to do it's job and enforce our current laws to end all this non-sense. Jan Brewer is right, help her with some de-fence.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  158. A.Scott Napa Ca

    No!!! this white house has it's agenda, making millions of new demacratic voters & cheap labor driving down wages . Someone please tell me how to show my support for AZ. & the American citizens!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  159. stella

    No. The law should stand, someone has to do something. Go Arizona!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  160. AzRose

    Most citizens are in favor of our Arizona law, if the Gov't does sue Arizona I believe there will be an uproar though out this country since the Gov't has failed to even consider enforcing the law. Why should the illegals come before U.S. citizens. I have high hopes that if this issue goes before the Supreme Court, the Az. law will be upheld. Many illegals are already leaving our state on their own, we appreciate their departure

    June 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  161. Richard E. Koester

    HELL NO. The US Government should pay the State of Arizona for enforcing the Federal law on the books.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  162. Kim

    Arizona just put a copy of the federal immigration law into state law, to give city and state police officers the ability to enforce it.

    Isn't that the same basis of state drug laws? Isn't that why enforcing those laws doesn't require a DEA officer?

    If the Administration wins a lawsuit saying only ICE agents can enforce immigration laws because they're a federal responsibility, won't that also make it so only DEA agents can enforce drug laws?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  163. Jim R,N. Y..

    No, Here In New York We are used to many diverse people. In this case, it:s the shear number here. A young local kid can:t get a summer job in a Restaurant, Farm, Winery, Greenhouse, Etc. It"s time to Step Back And look At Where we"re at.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  164. Josh

    No, why should they? They're doing what the government should have done a long time ago! Most illegal immigrants suck out benefits that America offers at the AMERICAN taxpayer's expense; and on top of that steal jobs away from hard working American people. Arizona should be suing the federal government for their lack of action.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  165. Ruth

    If this law is so unconstitutional, why did they not file on day 2 like others did? Maybe they are waiting until the elections to file so that they can secure more of the "undocumented Democratic's" votes. Their attempts to knock Arizona to its knees have failed miserably. Now what the citizens of the United States have is a wide open border and an ever increasing rage among its citizens that this Administration is failing, once again, to recognize urgency and working against the will of the people. The President and his entourage are a disgrace to this country.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  166. Murphy

    So now we are sacrificing our own land to the forces across the border? No, Arizona is the first state to take a step in the right direction. It's about time someone took charge of the situation. Leadership appears to be lacking in America.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  167. Louise Farrer

    NO NO NO......We Americans should be suing the federal government and both houses of congress for not enforcing the laws that are already past. Our legislature and government has let illegal immigration go on for way to long. We need to enforce our constitution and immigration laws NOW.....Our government is so inept and corrupt it makes me sick.
    The leadership in the White House is the closes we have every had to a
    Dictatorship. I fear for our country and my family and future Americans.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  168. Marty Crouse

    No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More states need to be like Arizona. These illegals are breaking the law hence, the word ILLEGAL. If I break the law in this country, I get punished. Why is it not the same for them. I am tired of the Feds serving the ILLEGAL aliens more than it`s LEGAL citizens.
    Marty Crouse

    June 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  169. Timothy Goodrich

    The Federal government has about three jobs required of it by the Constitution; regulate interstate trade, defend and secure the borders and promote the common good. It has failed miserably in securing the borders, it isn't promoting anything but some bizarre agenda where looking out for America is a shameful act, thus the common good excludes everyone not in Congress or one of the damn Czar's beauracracies. Arizona should sue the government for being totally negligent in its duties. The only real job this President has ever had may or may not have involved selling ice cream. On the plus side, there are only about 192 countries in the world so when he runs out of countries to apologize to on all our behalf, maybe he will find time to stop dividing the people he was supposed to be uniting. Unless the country implodes before then.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  170. John

    Only if the federal government wants to be sued by thousands of American families in that region for failing to do its constitutional duty of protecting its citizens.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  171. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    Like the Feds have no other critical issues than to tie the courts up over a turf war that the "Federales" caused by non enforcement of Immigration laws which resulted indamage to our citizens and loss of public use of borderlands ridden with violence! What a great distraction all the recent events have created to enable the corrupt to conive and prosper. It is despicable, I support the Arizona effort and would like to see their attorney general lose his job.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  172. Shirley Paulsen

    NO WAY! I wonder how many billions we have spent on excess and illegal immigration? This Gulf disaster can't begin to match it.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  173. rachel b

    Hey, how about this....."Should the state of Arizona sue the Federal Gov't for NOT creating an immigration law?" AND don't Gov't Offices ie: unemp., welfare, dept of transp etc. ask for proof of citizenship or proof of legal residence?!#@ Finally: to California and New Mexico: no "takesy-backsy" when illegeal immigrates move into your backyards!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  174. Ken in NC

    No Jack. They should sue Mexico for failure to have in place and enforce an immigration law.

    Yes Jack they should sue Arizona.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  175. Tim in Texas

    Yes the government should sue. The law violates the rights of American citizens, period. And, no the government should not spend taxpayer money to build a fence. People will go over it, under it, or through it – just like they have been. The answer is comprehensive immigration reform. We need national security cards that businesses are required to check, a pathway to citizenship for those who are here, and a reasonable increase in border security – which will not be nearly as necessary once illegals can not get jobs here.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  176. Gigi Oregon

    That's all we need is another silly law suit. We should ask "Arizona is this want you to be a renegade state, if so withdraw from the nation of laws." Other wise shape up and grow up. This is still a nation of immigrants and laws to protect against rogues who think otherwise.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  177. david

    we have a million veterans fighting the V A for help,but the president is more worried about illegals its a slap in the face to all who serve especially us war veterans

    June 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  178. Linda in Arizona

    They should mind their own business. They're only doing it for political reasons. They are failing to do their job. They should sue themselves and leave Arizona alone.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  179. Peter j Fiorito

    The federal government needs to stay out of our state laws. Arizona needs to protect its citizens. Something the feds haven’t had the balls to do.
    The Federal Government won't even enforce it own immigration laws.
    Obama...Just stay out of there way!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  180. Mr. Bill Szymanski Granite Falls WA

    Feds suing a state??? Come on!" Let ye without failure cast the first stone" would sum up the situation from my point of view. How does one go about suing the Feds for not doing the task set before them and placing citizens in harms way?

    Mr. Bill

    June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  181. Debbie Mitchell

    YES YES YES. It legalizes Racial profiling of Hispanic Law abiding citizens and that's unconstitutional. The people that think this law only affects Illegal aliens, you are wrong. Russell Pearce, FAIR, Joe Arpaio have ALL Neo-Nazi roots and associations. Do your research, and you'll see. This is a racist law that will become a witch hunt for all Latinos (Citizens and Illegal aliens alike). Are we in 2010 or 1960? Geez!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  182. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Arizona should sue the federal government for incompetence and failure to inforce the immigration law's .

    June 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  183. in Woodstock GA

    NO, the Federal Government already wastes enough of our tax money and they do not need to file any frivolous lawsuits.

    What the Federal Government needs to do, if they just want to spend money, is to go out to all the construction sites and all the big stores and start picking up the illegals and sending them home!

    And, for those who think it is awful for the illegals to be asked for their documents, get a grip! since 9-11 and the flap over the illegal problem, already some states are requiring that CITIZENS getting driver licenses and other documents provide more documentation of their identity.

    For example, in both Georgia and Florida to get a new driver license (if I wanted to do so) I would have to provide my birht certificate, marriage license and divorce decree, (to prove a name change) and probably more documents. And I was BORN in Maryland!

    So, the government needs to get out, stop people on the street if necessary, askk for ID, and if the person speaks with a foreign accent ask for their passport and visa or green card!

    We are SICK of the illegals!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  184. Steve C.

    No! They shouldn't sue Arizona. SB1070 is patterned off of Title 8 of the US Code. Citizenship status, under social contract theory, carries with it both rights and responsibilities. Citizens work towards the betterment of their community through economic participation, and other such efforts to improve life for all citizens. Illegal immigration is the movement of people across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. What do we not understand?
    My previous post was censored 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  185. Stewart Hearn

    No. Arizona should sue the Federal Government over theirs.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  186. Lisa B

    I see some posts on racial profiling. Let me pose a hypothetical question: You are vacationing in Romania, the authorities stop you for a minor infraction on the sidewalk...
    Are you going to tell me that once they hear you speak that they are NOT going to require you to produce the proper documentation to be in their country?? Why should THIS country be ANY different??????

    Please give the racial profiling card a rest!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  187. Mr. Smith

    Let them sue. People need to wake up and see whats really Going on at our borders.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  188. Don

    I believe that Arizona is only trying to protect its rights as a state.the Federal government is totally broken. We need a new Congress and Executive branch.Right now!!!! To enforce our laws as a sovereign nation. We are fed up with political correctness.God bless America .

    June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  189. sharon

    CA, AZ, NM, TX, and all other states dealing with illegal alliens committing crimes should sue the US gov't to recover the costs of doing what the federal gov't was supposed to do.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  190. Don B.

    Arizona must do what the feds for 25 years has refused to do.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm |