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77 House Members and 5 Senators File Court Brief in Support of Arizona | NumbersUSA - For Lower Immigration Levels

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77 House Members and 5 Senators File Court Brief in Support of Arizona

More than 80 Members of Congress have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Arizona against the lawsuit filed two weeks ago by the Justice Department. The Federal Government and Justice Department argue that Arizona's new immigration enforcement law preempts power granted to the federal government, but the Members of Congress argue in their brief that not only does it not preempt federal authority, but Congress encourages states to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws.

One claim set forth by the Justice Department is that the Department of Homeland Security has chosen to be selective in their enforcement of immigration laws, and since Arizona's bill isn't selective it oversteps the Department's authority. The Members of Congress argue, however, that DHS receives its authority to enforce immigration laws from Congress, and as long as Arizona's law doesn't overstep Congress, the law is valid.

The Members of Congress further argue that Congress has a history of passing legislation that encourages states to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws and that the Justice Department has a history of recognizing state enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Signers of the brief, include:


  • Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
  • Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman John Campbell (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Gary Miller (R-Calif.)
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
  • Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn)
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Bill Posey (R-Fla.)
  • Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Howard Coble (R-N.C.)
  • Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.)
  • Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-La.)
  • Congressman John Sullivan (R-Okla.)
  • Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)
  • Congressman John Fleming (R-La.)
  • Congressman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
  • Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa)
  • Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-N.C.)
  • Congressman John Duncan (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)
  • Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
  • Congressman Scott Garrett (R-N.J.)
  • Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
  • Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  • Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.)
  • Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.)
  • Congressman Paul Broun (R-Ga.)
  • Congressman John Culberson (R-Texas)
  • Congressman John Boozman (R-Ark.)
  • Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.)
  • Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)
  • Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-Texas)
  • Congressman John Carter (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.)
  • Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.)
  • Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)
  • Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.)
  • Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.)
  • Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Pa.)
  • Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)
  • Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy.)
  • Congressman John Shadegg (R-Ariz.)
  • Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.)
  • Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Todd Platts (R-Pa.)
  • Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
  • Congressman Robert Latta (R-Ohio)
  • Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)
  • Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)
  • Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
  • Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)
  • Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.)
  • Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Wally Herger (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)
  • Congressman Geoff Davis (R-Ky.)
  • Congressman Tom Graves (R-Ga.)
  • Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.)
  • Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.)
  • Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)
  • Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.)
  • Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)
  • Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)
  • Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
  • Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
  • Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
  • Congressman David Dreier (R-Calif.)
  • Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
  • Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.)
  • Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.)


  • Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
  • Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
  • Senator David Vitter (R-La.)
  • Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  • Senator John Barrasso (R-Wy.)

Download a PDF version of the brief filed.


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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.

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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

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.

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