USA Today has a detailed story today about the coming legal battle over Arizona’s enforcement law. The governor has created a legal defense fund, as lawsuits try to stop the law from taking effect July 29. One advocate for the law says the “alien side” has many more attorneys than the defenders of the law.
Meanwhile the rhetoric is still flying after the fact-checking of Gov. Jan Brewer’s claims about beheadings in the desert and about most illegal immigrants being drug mules.
A coalition of groups opposed to the law are due in court Thursday in their effort to stop implementation. A federal judge will here from both sides. The court motion is available here in PDF form. To read the law itself, click here.
The Justice Department says Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law is designed to “rival or supplant” federal immigration policy, making it illegal. The long-expected lawsuit, filed today, also raises civil rights concerns, reports the Washington Post. Critics have protested the law for giving police broad powers to question and detain those they suspect are undocumented.
Arizona’s senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, criticized the lawsuit and defended the state law as “simply trying to protect its people by enforcing immigration law.”
The Post links to the federal complaint here.
And for a reality check on some of the public statements made lately on immigration, please check out PolitiFact’s roundup.