Jan Brewer Countersues Federal Government, Vowing to Fight for Unconstitutional Immigration Law
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a real tooth-and-nail type of lady. After the DOJ filed a lawsuit against her state for SB 1070, the Third Reich-invoking immigration law that essentially allows law enforcement to racially profile citizens and check for citizenship papers, Brewer has filed a countersuit. Accusing the government of not protecting the border and allowing an 'invasion' of immigrants, she announced the action yesterday, saying the funds to do so came from 'private sources.' HMMM. Politico:
Arizona’s filings allege that the federal government failed to maintain “operational control” of the border, protect the state from “an invasion” of illegal immigrants, enforce immigration laws and abide by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives states and the people powers not explictly granted to the federal government.
“The federal government has effectively conceded its inability to protect Arizona and its citizens from criminal activities associated with illegal aliens,” the state said in its filing.“Within the last year, the federal government placed warning signs in the desert 80 miles north of the border and only 30 miles south of Phoenix warning people to stay away from the area.”
In fact, border crime is going down, and the Dept of Homeland Security called Brewer's suit a 'meritless claim.' Meanwhile, The Prospect's Scott Lemieux shows why the countersuit has little chance at success, legally. Read more at Politico.