Arizona Seeks Damages for the Costs of Undocumented Immigration

14 Feb

POSTED BY REGINA CANTU

SB1070 has been disastrous for Arizona’s reputation and last week’s announcement has only tarnished it further.

Apparently, Arizona filed a suit last Thursday to counter the US government’s investigation of its controversial immigration law known as SB 1070, claiming that the US has failed to control the border and enforce the U.S. immigration laws.

The lawsuit alleges that the federal government has been unsuccessful at protecting Arizona from an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants and therefore seeks a settlement and heightened enforcement of the border.

Arizona’s expansion of the federal lawsuit challenging SB 1070 has already been the target of harsh disapproval. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

Today, Governor Jan Brewer upped the ante in her virulent war of words with the federal government. This is only the latest in Brewer’s dishonest comments on immigration. This summer she repeatedly and falsely claimed that headless bodies had been found in the desert, a reason she cited for signing SB 1070. She also repeatedly trumped up claims of border violence, despite official and overwhelming evidence that the American border cities are among the safest in the nation.

While few will disagree with Governor Brewer that Washington has yet to address the broken immigration system, her inflammatory rhetoric and over-the-top resistance to the federal government can really only be seen as a political stunt aimed at prolonging her visibility in the immigration debate.

At a time when Arizona’s unemployment rate sits at 9.4% (well over the national average) and the state’s $1.15 billion budget deficit means severe cuts to all of the state-funded programs, Governor Brewer’s antics are a waste of tax dollars and a step back from progress toward comprehensive immigration reform and restoring the rule of law.

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