Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox filed an amicus brief in support of AZ SB 1070. He is joined by eight states, and one U.S. Territory Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Cox to Obama: States Have Right to Enforce Immigration Laws - Attorney General Backs Arizona in Federal
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that he has filed an amicus brief this afternoon in federal court supporting Arizona's common-sense immigration law against a lawsuit filed by the Obama administration. Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona before the court and is joined by eight states, and one U.S. Territory Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
"Arizona, Michigan and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state's efforts to protect its own borders," said Cox. "My mother was a legal immigrant who faithfully carried her green card with her for years before gaining citizenship - it certainly is not too much to ask legal immigrants to do the same today."
The amicus brief, filed Wednesday afternoon in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, defends the States' authority to concurrently enforce federal immigration laws, especially in light of the selective and even lack of enforcement of those laws by the Obama administration. Under the current situation, the States have lost control over their borders and are left to guess at the reality of the law.