Rep.Raul Grijalva
Rep.Raul Grijalva


Eleven Attorneys General and 68 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Justice Department in opposing SB 1070, Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in the case. 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an amicus brief supporting the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona.

The Attorneys General who signed the amicus brief from ten other states include, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Iowa, Vermont and Maryland.  

The filing says Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration will affect other states.

"SB 1070's provisions have the primary effect on redirecting undocumented immigrants to other States," the brief says.

Sixty-seven Democratic Members of Congress, led by Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, simultaneously announced their opposition to Arizona's SB 1070, filing a similar amicus brief.

"We wouldn't permit Arizona to have its own foreign policy and we can't allow Arizona to have its own immigration laws," Rep. Zoe Lofregren (D-Calif.), who sits on the House Subcommittee on Immigration, said in a press conference.

Arizona's SB 1070 makes it a crime to violate some federal immigration statutes. The provisions of the law are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry, prescence and economic activity of illegal aliens in the United States. The law allows police to ask about immigration status during"lawful contact" such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime. Law enforcement officials only need reasonable suspicion that a person is an illegal immigrant before asking for immigration status.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law, hopes the Supreme Court will overturn the lower court's ruling. Brewer and other supporters of SB 1070 argue that federal inaction leaves Arizona with no choice but to take immigration enforcement into its own hands.  

The Supreme Court will hear Arizona v. The United States on April 25.  

Read the full story in Fox News Latino.

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Updated: Wed, Mar 28th 2012 @ 1:49pm EDT