Arizona fights back. Brewer announces counter lawsuit against feds.

Posted on February 10, 2011


Go Jan go!

From AZ Central:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she plans to file a counter-lawsuit against the federal government for failing to enforce immigration laws.

Brewer says her claim will be filed in the federal government’s challenge to Arizona’s new enforcement immigration law.

The governor says the federal government hasn’t secured the state’s border with Mexico and stuck Arizona with the costs tied to illegal immigration.

While I haven’t agreed with Brewer on a few issues, this is one effort where I can support her.  It should also be noted that during the press conference announcing the counter lawsuit, it was stated that the funding for this effort was solely from the SB-1070 defense fund and not taxpayer dollars.  Good for them!

Update:

Governor Brewer has tweeted the five counts on which will Arizona will sue the federal government:

1. Failure to gain “operational control” of the border as required under the Secure Fence Act of 2006

2. Failure to enforce immigration laws enacted by Congress

3. Failure to protect Arizona from harms associated with rampant illegal immigration as required by the U.S. Constitution

4. Failure to reimburse Arizona for over $763 million in costs incurred for the incarceration of criminal aliens

5. Violating Arizona’s Tenth Amendment right to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens

It’s interesting to note that the failure to reimburse Arizona for the costs incurred for the incarcerations of criminal aliens is something that then Governor Janet Napolitano also tried to get then President George W. Bush to pay for. Governor Napolitano was unsuccessful.  We will see how it turns out for Governor Brewer.   By the way, here are eight more to add to the bill.

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