“Because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Ecuadorean television on June 8th
that the Obama Administration had decided to sue Arizona over its recently passed anti-illegal
immigration law, SB1070, it will come as no surprise if recent media reports are accurate and if the
president’s policies now, in fact, include filing a lawsuit against the State of Arizona.
“Though not surprising, that decision is, nevertheless, outrageous.
“Our federal government should be using its legal resources to fight illegal immigration, not the
law-abiding citizens of Arizona. Despite the law’s rigorous safeguards against racial profiling and
carefully crafted language to avoid usurping federal authority, several lawsuits have already been
“Because the Arizona Legislature had no confidence that the Attorney General would
vigorously defend this legislation, subsequently giving me the authority to hire outside counsel – and
because the Attorney General has now withdrawn as counsel for the State -- I will ensure the
immigration laws we passed are vigorously defended all the way to the United States Supreme Court
if necessary, where this reasonable law will ultimately be found constitutional.”