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Obama Administration to Sue Arizona

Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton

Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton

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.


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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.

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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