After weeks of hinting the federal government filed suit against Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawsuit says Arizona violated the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution by usurping the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration. Backers of Senate Bill 1070 say the state was forced to pass the law because the federal government has not done its job when it comes to securing the border and enforcing immigration law.
Arizona’s law requires law enforcement officers to check the status of people they come into contact with if the officer has reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. Additionally, Senate Bill 1070 requires that immigrants carry documentation proving they are in the country legally. It also forbids day laborers and the people hiring them to block traffic.
Reaction to the federal lawsuit was swift. Governor Jan Brewer, who has been highly critical of the White House immigration plan, said the decision by the federal government to sue was a “terribly bad decision.” She also said she is confident that the Arizona law would be upheld by the court.
In addition to the lawsuit challenging SB 1070, the federal government is asking the court to keep the law from going into effect on July 29th. The federal suit is the sixth suit filed against the law.