Gov. Jan Brewer has pushed aside the state’s attorney general in Arizona’s defense of its new law clamping down on illegal immigrants, accusing him of conspiring with the Obama administration as it considers whether to sue the state.
Gov. Jan Brewer has pushed aside Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in the state's defense of its new law clamping down on illegal immigrants. (AP)
Brewer issued a statement late Friday night saying her legal team will defend the state against lawsuits challenging the measure. She invoked a provision in the law to have private attorneys represent the state. They already are representing her in some of the legal challenges to the law that name her as a defendant.
But Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says Brewer can’t kick him off the case. Goddard’s top aide, Tim Nelson, said Saturday that Brewer can’t invoke the provision because it hasn’t taken effect yet and that there are constitutional questions.
“We have real concerns about the constitutionality of that,” Nelson said. “It’s an open question.”
Brewer’s decision came after Justice Department officials met with Goddard — a Democrat who will likely challenge Brewer, a Republican, in her re-election bid — before meeting with her legal team.
“For some inexplicable reason, the Department of Justice officials met with the Arizona attorney general hours before meeting with the state of Arizona’s legal team, and then allowed the attorney general to hold a press conference to discuss the meeting,” she said in the statement.
“This level of coordination between the attorney general and the Obama administration is disturbingly similar to the coordination with Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford earlier this week on President Obama’s still unclear plan to deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the border,” she said.
Justice officials told Goddard and later Brewer’s team that the Obama administration is prepared to go to court if necessary in a bid to block the new law, which takes effect July 29.
Opponents of AZ Immigration Law Guilty of Racial Profiling and Discrimination
Louisville Economic Policy ExaminerRob Binsrick
Since its passage, the Arizona anti-illegal immigration has been attacked by all forms of left-wing critics. Those criticisms came in various forms from various people. Some of the criticism came from simple race-baiters like Al Sharpton. Some came from people who had not even read the bill like Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. It came from liberal cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco who have pledged to boycott the state of Arizona. And it even came from Mexican President Felipe Calderon, with approval from Barack Obama and a standing ovation from Democrats in the U.S. Congress.
All of these critics take issue with the law over the same reason – that it will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, particularly against Latinos. However, in expressing those concerns, are these critics not guilty of racial profiling and discrimination themselves?
Arizona of course shares a border with Mexico and many illegal immigrants cross that border to enter the United States. Therefore, it is logical to assume that a fairly high percentage of the illegal immigrants entering into Arizona would be Mexicans. However, it would be illogical to assume that they all are and to suggest otherwise would be a case of racial profiling and discrimination.
If that does not make sense then simply take the opposite view of someone suggesting that all illegal immigrants are Latinos. That type of suggestion would be considered discriminatory. However, these opponents of the AZ anti-illegal immigration law seem to be suggesting just that – that all of the illegal immigrants are Latinos and the law will lead to racial profiling and discrimination of those Latinos (and all Latinos as a result).
Illegal immigrants come in all forms and from all countries. The only illegal immigrant that this writer has ever known was a Russian lady. There are intelligence reports suggesting that would-be terrorists may be entering the U.S. via the porous border with Mexico (Of course, it is likely that not too many non-Mexicans try to enter the U.S. illegally through Mexico since Mexico’s immigration laws are much more stringent that those of the U.S., and they are actually enforced!) Given that the AZ law specifically prohibits police actions based on “race, color or national origin,” hopefully the police officers will treat everyone as a suspect if/when they do not have proper identification.
Many opponents of affirmative action programs often state that the problems of discrimination cannot be solved by putting in programs that discriminate in the opposite direction. With regards to the AZ anti-illegal immigration law, one could similarly suggest that opponents of it cannot decry it for potential racial profiling and discrimination of Latinos while simultaneously exhibiting racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos. To reiterate this note to the opponents of the ZA law: Not all illegal immigrants are Latinos, so stop acting like they are.
Thousands march to protest Ariz. immigration law
~That’s the headline for ~AP but the very first sentence is…
TEMPE, Ariz. – Supporters and opponents of Arizona’s tough new crackdown on illegal immigration held separate rallies in Phoenix, drawing thousands of people from around the country.
Marchers carrying signs, banners and flags from the United States and Mexico filled a 5 mile stretch of central Phoenix, demanding that the federal government refuse to cooperate with Arizona authorities trying to enforce the law.
Police declined to estimate the size of the crowd, but it appeared at least 10,000 to 20,000 protesters, some bused in from around the country, braved 94-degree heat. Organizers had said they expected the demonstration to bring as many as 50,000 people.
Some used umbrellas or cardboard signs to protect their faces from the sun. Volunteers handed out water bottles and set up water stations. About 20 people were treated for heat or fatigue-related symptoms, and seven of them were taken to a hospital, said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. There were no arrests or other incidents, he said.
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~I must STOP right there because anyone you has been here today, knows EXACTLY what was going on from this article…
UPDATED: Swastikas and Nazi References at Pro-Illegal Immigration Rally, Will Media Care?