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9 States Support Arizona Immigration Law

Posted by admin On July - 16 - 2010  Print  Email  

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Police in nine other states could soon have the power to request documentation from suspected illegal immigrants.

That was made clear in a legal brief by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox on Wednesday on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona’s immigration law. He said each state has the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders.

AFP – Phoenix residents protest against Arizona's immigration law near the White House in Washington, DC.

Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan, the lead state backing Arizona in federal court was joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Arizona law, set to take effect on July 29, directs officers to question people about their immigration status during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops and if they suspect them of being in the U.S. illegally.

President Barack Obama’s administration recently filed suit in federal court to block it, arguing that immigration was a federal issue. The law’s backers said Congress was not doing anything meaningful about illegal immigration leaving the state to step up and do its duty.

“Arizona, Michigan and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state’s efforts to protect its own borders,” Cox said in a statement.

Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, in a statement released by Cox’s office, said she was thankful for the support.

Cox said the nine states supporting Arizona represented “a lot of states,” considering it was only Monday that he had asked other state attorneys general to join him. The brief was filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona on the same day as the deadline for such filings.

“By lawsuit, rather than by legislation, the federal government seeks to negate this preexisting power of the states to verify a person’s immigration status and similarly seeks to reject the assistance that the states can lawfully provide to the Federal government,” the brief stated.

Earlier this year, he joined with more than a dozen other attorneys general to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal health care changes signed into law by the Democratic president.

As with his stance on health care, the immigration brief again placed Cox at odds with Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is unable to seek re-election because of term limits. She, however, disagreed with the Arizona law, her press secretary Liz Boyd said.

“It’s a patently political ploy in his quest for the Republican nomination for governor,” Boyd said.

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