Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an Ecuadorian television station that the Obama Administration will sue the state of Arizona. Pres. Obama has maintained that the Justice Department is looking into potential civil rights violations that could stem from the state's new immigration enforcement law, but has never outright said that the Administration would sue.
"President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy, and the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said during the interview.
According to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the state has not been notified of any lawsuit, and if true, criticized the Administration for the way it went about making it public.
"To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous," Gov. Brewer said. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal-immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."
Gov. Brewer said she is confident that the state of Arizona will win any lawsuit brought upon it by the federal government.
A new Washington Post/ABC Poll released yesterday revealed that 58% of Americans support the new Arizona immigration enforcement law. The poll also revealed that the vast majority of Americans don't think the federal government is doing enough to secure the border, and the majority of Americans disapprove of Pres. Obama's handling of immigration issues.
For more information on Sec. Clinton's statement, see the story in the Washington Times.
Updated: Wed, Jul 28th 2010 @ 12:51pm EDT