Arizona law tries to ‘rival or supplant’ immigration policy, DOJ lawsuit says
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.