Monday, May 10, 2010

USDOJ To Challenge Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law

Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General confirmed on Sunday, as an option USDOJ will file a lawsuit against Arizona

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 10, 2010

Washington D.C. - On Sunday during ABC's "This Week" program, Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General confirmed the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) as an option will file a federal lawsuit against Arizonas' SB 1070. Holder said "considering all of our options" the USDOJ will most likely file a lawsuit on grounds that the Arizona law pre-empted federal powers and violated civil rights statues.
Holder doesn't believe the Arizona law is racially motivated, but "could potentially get on the slippery slopes where people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done."
SB 1070 allows Arizona police officers to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally, if they suspect they are undocumented immigrants. Officers can determine the legal status of people when they respond to a call concerning a minor or major criminal and non-criminal incident.
Numerous federal lawsuits have already been filed at the Phoenix U.S. District Court by a police officer, several cities, civil rights groups, clergy groups, Hispanic law attorneys and Latino organizations against Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer, since she signed SB 1070 into law. The lawsuits claim that SB 1070 is unconstitutional and will lead to racial profiling and discrimination by law enforcement officers and police departments in Arizona.

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