Arizona sues US government over illegal immigrants

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, February 11, 2011 8:15 EDT
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PHOENIX, Arizona – Arizona is counter-suing the US government, charging that Washington has failed to protect it from an invasion of illegal immigrants and related violent crime, its governor has said.

The lawsuit, which seeks federal compensation, is in response to a federal lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama’s administration last year challenging Arizona’s enforcement of a new immigration law along the US-Mexican border.

“Our citizens have lived with this dark cloud for too long .. It’s time for the federal government to do its job and secure the border,” said Governor Jan Brewer, announcing the lawsuit outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix.

The lawsuit notably charges that the US federal government has failed to reimburse Arizona for more than $760 million in costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants.

“While control of the border is a federal responsibility, illegal aliens who successfully cross the border and commit crime in Arizona become an Arizona responsibility,” said Attorney General Tom Horne.

Brewer said the boundary between Arizona and Mexico remains a dangerous place despite stepped-up enforcement along the nearly three thousand mile border by federal authorities.

She also cited the recent death of a US Border Patrol officer as evidence of illegal incursions across the border by criminal drug cartels. “Our border and immigration system are still broken,” she said.

The lawsuit also seeks compensation from the federal government for the cost to the state of securing the border.

Brewer claimed fighting illegal immigration had cost the state more than a billion dollars, funds the state simply does not have while facing a serious budget crisis.

She noted that the legal action is being paid for with private funds and is not costing taxpayers. Horne said he expects the lawsuit to be settled in the US Supreme Court.

But other state officials challenged Brewer over the merits of another legal fight with the government.

“Filing a lawsuit won’t solve our problems,” said attorney Kyrsten Sinema, who serves in the Arizona state Senate. “It won’t solve the immigration crisis all of us face in this country,” Sinema said.

A throng of opponents were kept back by police, but jeered and shouted “We are not illegal” at the governor, who had to speak loudly to be heard over the demonstrators.

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  • Cpeterka

    Dear Jan,
    Let me know how that works out for you.
    How big is the donation fund for your legal fund?
    Has Texas kicked in a few million?
    Oh, that’s right, they’re deeper in debt than you are.
    GFL on that concept.

  • Anonymous

    Sam Kinison:

    …..”‘Hey, we been driving out here every day with your food, for, like, the last thirty or forty years, and we were driving out here today across the desert, and it occurred to us that there wouldn’t BE world hunger, if you people would LIVE WHERE THE FOOD IS! YOU LIVE IN A DESERT! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! NOTHING GROWS OUT HERE! NOTHING’S GONNA GROW OUT HERE! YOU SEE THIS? HUH? THIS IS SAND. KNOW WHAT IT’S GONNA BE A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW? IT’S GONNA BE SAND! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! GET YOUR STUFF, GET YOUR SHIT, WE’LL MAKE ONE TRIP, WE’LL TAKE YOU TO WHERE THE FOOD IS! WE HAVE DESERTS IN AMERICA — WE JUST DON’T LIVE IN THEM, ASSHOLES!”
    –From an appearance on Rodney Dangerfield’s “It’s Not Easy Being Me,” 1984.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    Didn’t anybody tell her we’re broke,the Fed. is trillions behind so even if she wins the case it’s gonna be 3012 before they get any money and didn’t her preacher tell her 2012 is the expiration date for Earth?

  • Mein Furor

    Arizona is the rebellious teenager of the US: they’re self-centered, they think they know everything, they challenge their parents any chance they get, they don’t understand just how dangerous guns are, they spend money frivolously, they feel they’re being treated unfairly, they blame their problems on everyone but themselves, they act out in ways that are an embarrassment to their family and neighbors.

    Two words for you, Arizona: GROW UP!

  • Anonymous

    You speak as if all Arizonans think, vote and act alike. That is a sad misrepresentation – there are many of us who despise the mind-set and behavior of the right-wing loons who control the state legislature and executive branch. For all of you lazy, ignorant wretches out there who like to stereotype, here is a quick education: There are two Arizonas – one north of the Gila River, with the Phoenix metropolitan area. it contains most of Arizona’s population. It is deeply conservative and voted in most of the right-wing nut cases who currently are in charge of the asylum. Then there is “Baja Arizona” south of the Gila River. It is more liberal (Grijalva and Giffords are U.S. Representatives and Dupnik is Pima County Sheriff) and more Hispanic. It is the original Arizona, prior to territorial status and stretched from the Colorado to the Rio Grande. Bisbee, in the southeast part of the state, is very liberal – so don’t cast us all in the same mold as the John Birchers up north, or you are no better than the Tea Baggers and other crazies who like to stereotype.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raymond.strand Raymond Strand

    Alright I agree pay them the $760 Billion. Then make it all back by stopping the subsidies that go towards Golf Courses in the Desert or Farms in Arizona. Keep the water in Colorado or start charging them a much higher usage fee.

    Arizona is a state that only exists because the Federal Government heavily subsidizes their living. Without the Water coming from the other States they’d be a desert. If they want to act like a separate entity treat them like it. Lets see how they cry when they don’t get their socialized water.

  • Wyrdless

    The feds could just print the money and give it to them like in QE2.

  • Ma’at

    So wonder how they’re gonna handle the FACT that illegal immigration has dropped under Obama more than any time in the past 50 years plus the fact that deportations are at their highest.

    Those TeaBaggers say they hate Socialism but do they even grap for what these morons are using their tax dollars? Course not.

  • Wyrdless

    Considering that the federal government doesn’t enforce border law, is more profligate spender (they are printing money right now), supports dictators and arms their death squads.

    I just don’t see why the federal government should be held up as an example for the states to follow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    AZ is more fun than a barrel full of Monkeys.

    Not literally, of course. A barrel full of Tea Partiers would be much more funny.

    I was going to say a barrel full of head-less people but that would have been tasteless. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Two things should occur in Arizona: Number 1,build a fence around it and declare it a foreign country:Number two have Jan Brewer committed to a mental insistution!

  • Phil E. Drifter

    FACT that illegal immigration has dropped under Obama more than any time in the past 50 years

    C’mon now, I can’t believe anyone would have the audacity to say something like that without IMMEDIATELY backing it up with citations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    An excellent point, but as usual the loudest voices are what people hear. Most of us are aware that there are sane people in your State. It’s like the surprise people express when they learn that there are Liberals in Texas.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    2012 is the expiration date for Earth

    I really wish people would stop repeating this nonsense. It’s not the Mayans “end of civilization” calendar, it’s the end of the Mayan calendar cycle. Which means the cycle just repeats. Mayans were extremely advanced in their astronomy skills, apparently, and the cycle they recorded lasts just over 5000 years.

    The only way we could have a real threat to the entire planet would be if Sarah Palin somehow miraculously was elected president.

    Something which I would bet my last nickel will never, ever, ever happen.

  • Harry Tuttle

    BOTH political parties want illegals. Republicans want them to drive down wages and Dems want them as potential voters. Arizona should be compensated for every dollar by businesses that hire illegals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Except that under the current administration, more illegals are being apprehended and deported than ever.

    And when the Fed increases the money supply, it isn’t actually being printed.

    You mean like Bush Sr. supported Saddam? And like Nixon supported the Shah of Iran?

  • Wyrdless

    I know it isn’t actually being printed; it is being typed into a computer.
    The effect is identical and more people know what printing money means than
    Quantitative Easing. The very term Quantitative Easing was, IMHO, chosen to
    make it unclear what they were doing. Why didn’t the Fed just declare that
    they are going to expand the money supply?

    I can’t figure out what a better euphemism would be. ‘The Fed is typing
    money into a computer’ doesn’t sound right.

    Yes like how Bush supported Sadam and Nixon supported the Shah. They are
    both CFR scumbags.

  • Anonymous

    Wait! I thought the republicans wanted less federal government invovement?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    So, the extra bodies the Fed put along the border for enforcement.. they aren’t enforcing? What, they’re sitting around playing cards?

  • Anonymous

    Arizona is right for protecting its citizens, America can’t afford to have more people invading it, Arizona should create its own central bank like North Dakota and use the savings to enforce its own borders if it has to..after balancing the budget of course. (yes it would save that much when you take the profit motive away)

  • Anonymous

    How about if Arizona businesses stopped giving illegals jobs they might not cross the border? People who employ illegals to do work for them, I mean any kind of work, should get a $10,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence.

    We also need our spineless politicians to pass tariff laws for all goods coming into this country no matter who manufacturers them, but especially if they’re products of so-called American businesses.

  • Anonymous

    Soon enough Denny there will be a boom in real estate in Detroit and Cleveland, when the water is gone for Phoenix and Vegas and all those other Godforsaken transplanted redneck desert states . . .