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Democratic Governors Raise Concerns Over Administration's Lawsuit Against Arizona

Tennessee Dem. Gov. Phil Bredesen

Tennessee Dem. Gov. Phil Bredesen

In a meeting with White House officials this past weekend, Democratic Governors raised concerns with the Administration's decision to sue Arizona over its immigration enforcement law. The Governors were meeting in Boston for the National Governors Association convention, and the Democratic Governors expressed concern over the lawsuit's potential impact on the fall elections.

“Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,’ ” Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee said in an interview with the New York Times. “And all of a sudden we have immigration going on. ... It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats.”

The unemployment rate dropped to 9.5% in June, but the job market shed 125,000 jobs. Instead of talking about ways to address the depressed jobs market, the Administration has instead launched a lawsuit against Arizona, and Pres. Obama has renewed his call for providing an Amnesty, and work permits, to the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens.

While the Governors expressed their concerns in Boston, Attorney General Eric Holder was on the Sunday morning talk shows, saying that this may be the first of several suits against Arizona. Atty. General Holder told CBS' Face the Nation that the suit filed last Tuesday deals only with whether or not the law oversteps federal authority. Holder said its the government's best argument, but they may also decide to also file another lawsuit on grounds that the law violates civil rights.

“I might have chosen both a different tack and a different time,” Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado said in the New York Times article. “This is an issue that divides us politically, and I’m hopeful that their strategy doesn’t do that in a way that makes it more difficult for candidates to get elected, particularly in the West.”

For more information, see the New York Times.

Publications

Judge Bolton's Ruling on Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law

Articles - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amicus Brief from 79 Members of Congress in Support of Arizona Against Justice Department

Articles - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NumbersUSA Sign-up Form

Local Power Team - Thursday, June 3, 2010

Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law (as Amended)

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sen. Chuck Schumer's Letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Articles - Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fact Sheet: Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law

Fact Sheets - Friday, April 30, 2010

In the News

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez says that in Arizona, Mitt Romney said the state’s SB 1070 law should be model for nation

Quoted - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finally, we turned to NumbersUSA, an Arlington-Va.-based nonprofit group that opposes illegal immigration and advocates for limits on legal immigration, because it tracks what the presidential candidates say about immigration. The group’s president, Roy Beck, told us that Romney has expressed support for enacting "attrition by enforcement" policies on a national level such as requiring that businesses use E-Verify. Beck said Romney has not said specific provisions of SB 1070 should be taken as a model for federal immigration laws.

By Charles Gonzales in PolitiFact Texas

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/apr/11/charlie-gonzalez/us-rep-charlie-gonzalez-says-arizona-mitt-romney-s/

Fewer day laborers on Phx. streets

In the News - Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day laborers, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, also had proliferated in other areas of metropolitan Phoenix, including Guadalupe, west Phoenix and Fountain Hills.

But drive by any of those locations now, and only a handful of day laborers are left. And no longer do they rush up to vehicles en masse, waving their hands in a desperate bid to get hired. Now, they are more likely to keep a lower profile, leaning against a tree or sitting on a milk crate.

There are several reasons for the change. Arizona's slumping economy has dried up the demand for day laborers, who typically are hired for yard cleaning, moving, tree cutting, construction and other jobs. Many have left Arizona to look for work in other states, or they have given up and returned to Mexico.

By Daniel Gonzalez -- The Arizona Republic

http://azstarnet.com/news/article_b471c99a-3e6a-5bef-a066-0515066c4755.html

Missouri sheriffs' group endorses immigration enforcement efforts by border states

In the News - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Missouri sheriffs are giving their support to law officers in states along the Mexican border seeking to enforce immigration laws.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association this week approved a resolution backing states that have approved their own legislation on immigration enforcement. The resolution specifically mentions Arizona, where part of a new law on the subject has been blocked by a federal judge.

The Missouri sheriffs group said Wednesday the resolution was approved by more than 100 members at its annual meeting, with no votes in opposition.

By Associated Press

http://www.kplr11.com/news/sns-ap-mo--missouriimmigration,0,2803424.story