By Arizona state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, assistant state House Democratic leader
The U.S. Department of Justice last week brought a lawsuit against Arizona over our state’s new immigration law, S.B. 1070.
Regardless of whether you support the lawsuit or not, it will provide an important opportunity for clarity for not only Arizona but other states around the nation about where our authority resides and where the federal government’s authority resides.
By Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party
Like the previews of a summer B movie, the much awaited federal suit against Arizona is finally out in the political theatres around the country. The Obama administration officially filed the suit yesterday at 10:15 a.m. against Arizona's new immigration law on the grounds that it preempts federal authority. The court action seeks to enjoin the law from taking effect later this month and to have a federal judge overturn it.
I commend President Obama for his leadership in immigration. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070.
The president is demonstrating his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, one of our top priorities. His challenge of S.B. 1070 is preventing a patchwork of immigration-related state laws that could lead to rampant racial profiling throughout our country, but that does little to fix our broken immigration system.
I commend President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform, and his strong understanding of the very human experience behind this challenge. In his speech today, the President hit the nail on the head by touching on all of the key aspects of this very complex issue.
Immigration reform can lead the way to a more prosperous and united America, one that is based on respect and fairness for the richness of our diversity, as opposed to one that is divided by our worst fears.
Late last week, news broke
that the Justice Department, at the direction of the Obama administration,
would be suing Arizona for its recent immigration bill, S.B. 1070. This move was
yet another misstep in what has been a disastrous mishandling of Arizona's
considerable illegal immigration problem.
By Guy Rodgers, executive director of ACT! for America
See no jihad. Hear no jihad. Speak no jihad.
This sums up the Obama administration’s national security assessment regarding our ongoing conflict with global Islamic jihad. Unfortunately for us, it seems they have come down with a severe case of Jihad Denial Syndrome (JDS).
By Ann Garcia, special assistant for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress
Officeholders and candidates in Arizona who support the state’s draconian new immigration law have justified it with hyperbole, exaggeration and falsehoods about Arizona’s crime rate. For example, Gov. Jan Brewer has colored recent speeches with images of "murder, terror and mayhem" and "drop houses, kidnappings and violence." Now let’s be clear: The recent surge of violence in Mexico is real, as are the fears of Arizonans. But that is why it is so important to separate fact from fiction and to avoid false claims and baseless rhetoric that inflames those fears.
Yesterday Obama officials made the case before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the new START treaty will not have a negative effect on their plans to field a system to protect the United States from rogue regimes that are building ballistic missiles. No one seemed to need much convincing that the Obama administration doesn’t plan to make our missile defenses strong enough to bother the Russians, but treaties live on long after presidential administrations, so Senators rightly continue to probe the White House on how the treaty might restrict future defense planning.