Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
"In a June 8 media interview in Ecuador that began circulating Thursday in the U.S., Clinton said President Barack Obama thinks the federal government should determine immigration policy and that the Justice Department "will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."
Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler on Thursday declined to say whether the department would sue and that "the department continues to review the law."
The department has been looking at the law for weeks for possible civil rights violations, with an eye toward a possible court challenge.
It's unclear why Clinton made the comment since it's not her area. She couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Obama and Clinton have both made it clear that the administration opposes the law.
"I will defer to the Justice Department on the legal steps that are available and where they stand on the review of the law," Crowley said. "The secretary believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a better course of action."
Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement that "this is no way to treat the people of Arizona." "To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous," she said. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."
Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said the governor was "outraged" and that Clinton's comments make it appear that the Justice Department has decided to file suit. "But she's confident that in the end, the state of Arizona, the citizens, will prevail," he said.
Other Arizona politicians, political candidates and activist groups were quick to weigh in on Clinton's remarks. U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain, called them appalling; attorney general candidates Tom Horne and Andrew Thomas also denounced them." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100618/ap_on_re_us/us_immigration_law_clinton
Isn't it interesting that Arizona needs to find out about things like this from third-party people instead of the administration. Obama spoke to the news media and the public, instead of Arizona (until he was forced to) and Clinton's remarks came via an Ecuadorian interview. They will talk about Arizona but not to them.
Post all the opinion pieces you like, Bob, even from your electric lawyer. The fact remains that Obama turned it over to the justice department weeks ago to check on it's constitutionality. One would think that, only 16 pages long, they would have had plenty of time to find any infractions contained therein....and they have said nothing. There is little doubt there will be an all-out attack on it and Arizona before it goes into effect, regardless of the fact the majority of Americans are behind it....but this administration has shown on numerous occasions that that fact doesn't matter. Clinton wants the federal government to sue a state.....this is what we are becoming. The government may be suing many states then, if all of those considering the same law follow through. This may help convince the states to do so.