Cox to Obama: States Have Right to Enforce Immigration Laws - Attorney General Backs Arizona in Federal CourtContact:
John Sellek or Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
July 14, 2010
LANSING - Michigan
Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that he has filed an amicus brief this
afternoon in federal court supporting Arizona's common-sense immigration law
against a lawsuit filed by the Obama administration. Michigan is the lead state
backing Arizona before the court and is joined by eight states, and one U.S.
Territory Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
"Arizona, Michigan and every
other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling
to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state's efforts to protect
its own borders," said Cox. "My mother was a legal immigrant who faithfully
carried her green card with her for years before gaining citizenship - it
certainly is not too much to ask legal immigrants to do the same today."
"I would like to thank Attorney General Cox for gathering support from Attorneys
General across the country who support the decision to enforce the law and
oppose the Obama administration's lawsuit against the people of Arizona," said
Governor Jan Brewer. "The United States was founded as a nation of laws and not
of men, and I am deeply grateful for the national outpouring of support for the
rights of states and the rule of law."
brief, filed Wednesday afternoon in the United States District Court for the
District of Arizona, defends the States' authority to concurrently enforce
federal immigration laws, especially in light of the selective and even lack of
enforcement of those laws by the Obama administration. Under the current
situation, the States have lost control over their borders and are left to guess
at the reality of the law.
On July 6, 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a
lawsuit against Arizona and the state's governor, Jan Brewer, on behalf of
President Obama to stop implementation of the state's new immigration law. In
its suit, known as The United States of America v. The
State of Arizona and Janice K. Brewer, Governor, the
Obama administration alleges that Arizona's law is preempted by federal law and
seeks an injunction preventing its enforcement.
In December 2007, Cox issued a formal attorney general's opinion ending
Michigan's practice of granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
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