Admin sending mixed signals on whether or not it will sue AZ

Posted by: ST on June 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Does this mean they’ve finally read the bill?:

According to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to file suit over Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which Mr. Obama has called “misguided” and potentially discriminatory.

According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, the decision has already been made.

“President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy,” she said in an interview with an Ecuadorean television station flagged by The Right Scoop. “And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.”


It is not clear whether Clinton was just making a prediction or whether she was getting ahead of a planned announcement by the administration. The Justice Department said today it is continuing to review the law.

Brewer seems to be pretty sure about what’s getting ready to happen:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she’s angry over comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Obama administration will sue the state over its new immigration law.

In a June 8 media interview in Ecuador that began circulating Thursday in the U.S., Clinton said President Barack Obama thinks the federal government should determine immigration policy and that the Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.”


Brewer said in a statement that “this is no way to treat the people of Arizona.”

“To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous,” she said. “If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation.”

Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said the governor was “outraged” and that Clinton’s comments make it appear that the Justice Department has decided to file suit.

“But she’s confident that in the end, the state of Arizona, the citizens, will prevail,” he said.

Gird your loins.

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9 Responses to “Admin sending mixed signals on whether or not it will sue AZ”


  1. camojack says:

    I haven’t read the AZ law myself, but as I understand it, it’s pretty much the same as the (unenforced) Federal law…so how can they sue? :-?

  2. Zippy says:

    A mixed message? From Washington?.. What a suprise!

  3. Carlos says:

    Obama and Holder acting coy? Like some 14-year-old girl who was just asked out on her first date and knows her dad will be furious, like Duh-1 and Eric the Dung-heap know their “parents,” the voters, will be furious?

    Anyone with two-and-one-half active brain cells (which, I realize, leaves out most Democrats and all liberals) knows that, in spite of not having the resources or will to go after election thuggery, they will pursue this to the ends of the earth.

    God, is this poor excuse for an American’s term over yet?

  4. Lorica says:

    The real funny thing is how are you going to have the AZ law declared illegal with out by extension declaring that Federal law is illegal?? Is this going to be the stepping stone to make everyone in the world who wants to come here a US citizen?? What the heck, just come on down and we can put the entire population of the world on welfare lets tax everyone at 90% and borrow another 8 Trillion from China. Apparently it just doesn’t matter to these people. – Lorica

  5. your mama says:

    Who will hold these folks that are supposed to uphold the law accountable,who?This is an outrage,good grief.

  6. Carlos says:

    And, as noted in the news, an “unidentified administration source” confirms Holder will get off his fat lazy patootie for this one.

    Talk about a no-brainer! If it’s designed to chip away at the foundations of our society, you can bet your neighbor’s farm this administration will be on it like manure in a pigsty.

  7. FrankNitti says:

    Lorica makes a good point…..what if this back fires on the U.S. govt and it is declared illegal, would not the U.S immigration law therefore be declared illegal?

    But on the other foot if it is declared legal, will the govt enforce the law on their books?

  8. Carlos says:

    I don’t think the guvmint is saying the bill’s content are necessarily illegal, but that the state has no right to perform what is essentially a federal job.

    Which means that if the feds prevail in this case, a judge with any cajones would also stipulate that enforcement of current federal law is not optional, it is required and it’s time for the feds to do their job, no questions asked.

    What a wonderful legacy for our Community-Organizer-in-Chief, that he becomes the president under whom immigration laws are finally enforced!

  9. Jo says:

    Let’s see . . . what do the national polls say I should do??? But what does my radical, leftist base say I should do??? … And then you’ve got that pesky law disallowing all of those potential voters from squatting wherever in the hell they want to, the dirty vermine (albeit potential voters). .. What to do? And then that flop Hillary is shooting off her mouth . . . I know . . . I’ll go play 18 holes and forget about it for now.