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Accusing the Obama administration of failing to enforce immigration laws, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday the state will counter-sue the federal government for the right to police its border with Mexico.

The claim will be filed as part of the Justice Department's challenge to Arizona's controversial immigration law, The New York Times reported.

SB 1070, signed by Brewer last year, requires local police to check for the immigration status of anyone stopped under "reasonable suspicion" of unlawful status. The law was halted in court after the administration argued that only federal authorities have the right to enforce immigration laws.

At a news conference in Phoenix, Brewer called border security "by far the No. 1 issue" in Arizona.

"Illegal immigration is costing us a billion dollars, a billion dollars a year to maintain the level we're at, and the federal government sits by and does nothing," she said.

Brewer says no taxpayer money will be spent on the court fight, CNN reported. Instead, Arizona will raise funds from private donors.

"Arizona did not ask for this fight with the federal government," Brewer said. "But now that we are in it, Arizona will not rest until our border is secured and federal immigration laws are enforced."

Justice Department officials did not immediately comment.
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John

how do we donate i live in ohio

February 13 2011 at 2:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

Margaret3:49 PM Feb 12, 2011
I live in Arizona. I'm disgusted by the bigotry all of you are displaying. Immigrants have been coming into this country for years and NOW you get upset? WHY? Do YOU want to go out in the hot 120-degree sun during the summer and Another thing that irks the crap out of me is that suddenly, people who aren't white or christian are the "enemy."
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Bigotry? For insisting that our immigration laws be respected and enforced? Enemies? To you liberal progressives the enemy is anyone who disagrees with your leftist agenda...They want to immigrate to this country? Do it legally...

February 12 2011 at 8:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

"It's not that we hate you, we just want you to leave". - M. Gandhi

February 12 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Margaret

I live in Arizona. I'm disgusted by the bigotry all of you are displaying. Immigrants have been coming into this country for years and NOW you get upset? WHY? Do YOU want to go out in the hot 120-degree sun during the summer and do construction or work in the fields or do you want to clean toilets or work in hot restaurant kitchens? Of course not. Americans are lazy and don't want to do manual labor. And cheap business owners don't want to pay American wages so they pay ridiculously small amounts under the table in cash so THEY don't have to pay taxes on it and the immigrants don't either. Which means they do NOT pay into social security or income tax, etc. and cannot take advantage of it if they are not in the system. So quit saying they are getting social security checks when they are NOT.

The only reason Brew-ha-ha is doing this is because she wants to arrest more people SUSPECTED of being illegal (remember, anyone can be stopped if they "look suspicious" or of course have anything but white skin). And the more illegals arrested, the more money her buddies in the corporate prison system make. She and Russell Pearce, the state idiot who wrote the bill, have ties not only to the corporate prison system but Pearce also buddies around with known Nazis. Photos prove it, you can google that for yourself.

Another thing that irks the crap out of me is that suddenly, people who aren't white or christian are the "enemy." What happened to the christian belief of charity, compassion and helping your neighbor? So why pick on brown-skinned people? What's wrong with illegal WHITE people from Canada or France or Australia, etc.? Oh, and just for your info, there ARE WHITE Hispanics. But that's different isn't it? They are more alike you so it won't matter? Please.

And for the record, I'm a 54-year-old white woman living in Phoenix. I'm so Progressively Left that I can turn around and tap Sarah Palin on the shoulder.

February 12 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Shirley

Thank you to all commenting on support for my state, Arizona.
I am a Mexican American going back generations. I was brought
up by conservative parents. My dad was proud of America
and believed in following the laws. While we empathize with
the people of Mexico, they need to overthrow their President
like Egypt has. Many Mexican Americans here in Arizona support
Gov. Brewer but you won't hear this by the media.

February 11 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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Chuck

I hear and understand what you are saying,Shirley. There are good people on both sides of the issue and the ones that are the worst get all the airtime. It is amazing to me that,twice, political elections completely avoided the problem. Corporations ran to Mexico and the Mexicans ran to the US. Those of us left behind without a job consider this an illicit move on our corrupt government. They don't do anything because they have been bought out, most likely by the drug dealers and greedy corporations. John McCain must have two faces as he is not looked to for answers. We have the same issue with China - It is a one way street. There are no unions here for those that work for private organizations or you would not see foreign parts in US products. I like Mexicans and would like to get to know them better but our government doesn't know the difference between immigration and invasion. We have a problem that requires wisdom beyond our vision. It is necessary that both sides stop blaming the other side and try to work something out that everyone would be proud of 20 years from today. I can't imagine a fence would help anything but division. I probably will not live 20 more years but I have always wanted to visit Colema and drive down to see the Panama canal.

March 01 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

It's quite simple. A politician's main objective is to remain in power and control Trillions of our hard earned dollars. The more folks there are that are dependent on the government for their well being, the better it is for those who advocate big government and redistribution of wealth. 12 or more million new voters who love being taken care of will be a boon to the tax and spenders. They will eventually have no opposition, because more and more of the "folks" will keep voting themselves a largesse. That is exactly what destroyed the first democracy ever created. GREECE!

February 11 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
josantos13

The problems with the illegals is not just in Az. so I think all the states should join in the suit and we should form a Class action law suit against the Federal Government for not doing their job to either keep them out or send them back.

February 11 2011 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
Anyas Mom

Go AZ!!

February 11 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
joe

i might just move to arizona. finally some common sense to all these law breakers who scam the system with free hospitalization ,free births,free school and much more. if you want to work here and pay taxes thats ok but here in nj we have illegals with 5 kids at a tune of $10000-$11000 school tax per kid per year on my property taxes im paying for there kids which is violating my rights! pay taxes become a citizen or send them back!!! secure the borders thank you arizona

February 11 2011 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
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Saratoga

I'm sitting here in CA thinking the exact same thing. I will send a donation to support this necesary action by a state when Federal is not doing the job NOR listening to it's own citizens OR even upholding the present laws.

February 11 2011 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
lrafterl

Go for it Lady!

February 11 2011 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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