Illegal Immigrant/Immigration News Roundup — June 18, 2010

Posted on June 18, 2010

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A sampling of news stories and commentary related to illegal immigrants and illegal immigration:

  • 32 illegal immigrants from 8 different countries were found in a Phoenix drop house today.
  • Well it looks like Secretary of State Clinton let the cat out of the bag yesterday when she told a reporter in Ecuador that the Obama administration plans on suing Arizona over its new anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070.  After a Department of Justice spokesperson denied Clinton’s claim yesterday, CBS confirmed today that the administration is planning on pursuing legal action against Arizona. So the feds will be suing Arizona for wanting to enforce the federal laws that the feds have been unable (or unwilling) to enforce themselves, hmmmm.  Let’s see how much luck they have with that.
  • Arizona’s Attorney General Terry Goddard has stepped aside in representing the state in any legal challenges to its SB 1070 law.  Goddard is a Democrat challenger for the gubernatorial race against the republican primary winner which currently looks like sitting Governor Jan Brewer (R).  Goddard has already expressed his disagreement with the law, but claimed to be able to defend it in any challenges.  Brewer disapproved of Goddard’s representation wanting an actual supporter of the law to defend it in court and threatened to have Goddard removed.  You can read Goddard’s letter here.
  • Governor Brewer’s office today filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against SB 1070 by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the ACLU, and others.  Last week her office filed motions to dismiss two other lawsuits against the law.
  • An illegal immigrant student attending Harvard who was detained 2 weeks ago by ICE will not be deported back to Mexico.  The 19-year-old was brought here when he was 4 years old. 
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