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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the federal government will sue Arizona, challenging the state's tough new immigration law, which gives police power to stop and question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Clinton told an Ecuadorean television station earlier this month that the Justice Department, at President Obama's direction, "will be bringing a lawsuit." But she did not say on what grounds the U.S. would do so, and the Justice Department declined to confirm that such a case was going forward. But on Friday, a senior Obama administration official told CBS News a federal challenge to the law would be filed when the Justice Department finishes building a case.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Clinton's remarks came as no surprise and another government source told the Washington Post "there is no reason to think" that her statement is incorrect. The Obama administration has indicated for weeks that a lawsuit is likely and the president himself has been highly critical of the law, which caused a storm of protest from immigrants-rights groups and various threats to boycott the state of Arizona. The American public, however, is divided on the law. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 48 percent wanted a similar statute in their state, while 35 percent opposed such action.

A video of Clinton's June 8 interview was distributed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been calling for a federal lawsuit, the Post said. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she was "stunned and angered" to hear of Clinton's remarks, CNN reported. If the federal government intends to sue, Brewer said, "the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."

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Darby Family

Looks like the people have spoken. =) Now let's hope for a little more law and order down in Az.

July 25 2010 at 10:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Perhaps we- the citizens- should start suing for discrimination. As citizens we are required to produce ID, we must pay taxes, we go to jail if we steal or use false identification. We must have a legal social security card, and ID to receive any federal aide. If we were to look like possible immigrants all those above , and many other, rules go out the door we would be for the most part free to do what we choose. ( I know at one time it was an "unwritten" rule that if you pulled over a Mexican for a traffic violation they would get a VERBAL warning, so as to not have to involve immigration officials. I know for a fact that they will go to the unemployment office and actually pass the same SS card around in plain sight when filling out applications, I know for a fact that if you apply for housing assistance they do not have to provide ID, same with assistance, they do not have to produce the SS cards or positive ID because to ask for it is considered profiling.) Next time if we apply for assistance we should refuse to show our SS# and then sue the pants off them ( donate winnings to fighting illegal immigration) for discriminating against us and when they ask tell them they are profiling us when the ask for the card - because we "look" like we do they profile that we are here legal and thus hold us to different standards than those who "look" different................ The suggestion of suing is sarcasm, but should apply.

July 14 2010 at 5:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The President of Mexico can't take care of there problems, but thinks they have the right to say something and cause problems about illegal mexicans in this country. The Mexico President wants the united states to keep taking care of his people which will put more revenue in there country. The United States needs to stand up and let them know if your not legal you shouldn't be here or do it the right way. We already pay out for all imigrants, schools, hospital, doctors, food, and more. I was born here and don't get anything handed to me. This country is going in the wrong direction.

June 25 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Arizona's law concerning Illegal Aliens is a step in the right direction. When the People of Equador hear of U.S domestic policy before Americans, and the Government of Mexico is allowed to participate in discussions concernining U.S. domestic policy, there is something wrong in Government. A flat statement that "the system is Broken" does not justify millions of illegals who helped turn that part of the system upsidedown.For all the "work that americans won't do", there is a clutch of illegal aliens driving the wage down and further fleecing the educational and medical sectors of the municipalities where they have settled. There is an arrogance about placing these people above the law, which effectively gives the impression that we owe these people all of their demands, or else. It is a threat to the American people, both native and naturalized, which cannot be allowed to stand. It is unfortunate that Washington is willing to risk the stability of the Nation in order to further this flawed agenda. It smacks of a communist manifesto, and The current Administration might be more effective were it to lead as though it serves its People, rather than the other way around.

June 25 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This law, has to do with protecting the rights of all US citizens. If someone wants to live under Mexican laws, then move to Mexico. Have a nice day

June 23 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to forducs's comment
Alice Gruber

I agree 100%

June 25 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

well said

July 18 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Kelley & Don

This makes me so angry that I could spite. My husband and I lived in Mexico for 7 years. We had to have 6 months of our bank statements, to prove that we had enough income to live there. We also had to get a temp. 1 year VISA, at the cost of $150.00 each. We wern't allowed to seek employment, (which we had no intention of doing anyway) My point is that they think they have special treatment and the right to come here live with better treatments that we as true America Citizens do. This is just to much.

June 23 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

If the Fed Gov. had done their job, according to the Con. laws, but they did not. Leave Arizona alone. At least the state has guts to withhold the laws of this land.
Concerned person

June 23 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

The US should take the Mexico Immigration law and make it ours. Just look at their laws and see how unfair they are to everybody except their people. Read up on what they have on the books then think about it, what happens here is nothing compared to what goes on down there. There is nothing wrong with the Arizona law except it's not strong enough.

June 23 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply

This is rediculous what our Goverment is doing!! When Americans go outside our country, we need to show proof of who we are!! THATS OK?? But try and stop immigration into our own country thats not right!! Our Goverment needs to either mind there business or come up with some solution to stop the threat of immigrants & terrorists from coming in from our boarders. We send the National Gaurd down to help protect the boarders, but they have no authority to do anything!! HA! What a joke !!!

June 23 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply

Another 'the public be dammed' approach and arrogance beyond comprehension as the president and this Congress continue to drown us into fiscal insanity and deny the vast will of the American People as mentined.
Never in my life have I witnessed a more devisive time in our nations history for it is so true as to President Barack Obama's 5 dyas before the presidential elections he stated..."We are five days away for making Fundamental changes in America"
Never he he stated so true a prediction.
Remember we have the power to change this Democratic Congress power in November and most suredly 2012....Vote to save America.

June 22 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

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