As if Obama isn't already wasting boatloads of the taxpayers money! and Mexico even gets to join in on the lawsuit! Can you believe this??
This is clearly to be questioned!
The 11th Amendment of the US Constitution states:
"The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States, by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state."This would appear to exclude Mexico from joining the "judicial power of the United States" and could also be used to keep the federal government from filing suit against "one of the United States". The courts should have very nicely refused Mexico's amicus brief and told them instead to keep their people from illegally trespassing on US soil.
(Here is Additional reading about the 11th amendment)
It sure looks like Mr. Obama is more interested in dragging this through the courts, then actually doing his job to protect the border.
Governor Brewer said this in response to this lawsuit:
“Today I was notified that the federal government has filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona. It is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law. As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels. Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice. Today's filing is nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds. These funds could be better used against the violent Mexican cartels than the people of Arizona.
“The truth is the Arizona law is both reasonable and constitutional. It mirrors substantially what has been federal law in the United States for many decades. Arizona’s law is designed to complement, not supplant, enforcement of federal immigration laws. Despite the Department of Justice’s claims in paragraph 62 of today’s lawsuit, Arizona is not trying ‘to establish its own immigration policy’ or ‘directly regulate the immigration status of aliens.’ Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1051(E) states that the federal government, along with local law enforcement officers authorized by the federal government, can only determine an alien’s immigration status. Subsection (L) of that same section goes on to state that the law ‘shall be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration.’
Please read the rest of Governor Brewer's statement regarding this lawsuit.
Perhaps Washington needs to re-read Article IV section 4 - US Constitution:
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."
Make no mistake... we are being invaded - and we are being subjected to acts of domestic violence. Our government is doing nothing to protect property and lives, nor are they upholding federal law.
It is no accident that this lawsuit followed Mr. Obama's immigration speech in which he yakked about comprehensive immigration reform, which of course includes amnesty. (Also known as "a path to citizenship for those who entered our country illegally") There is NO logical reason for our government to support or allow ILLEGAL CROSSINGS INTO A SOVEREIGN NATION! PERIOD.
Governor Brewer is correct to demand that the Federal government live up to its responsibility of protecting and controlling the border. If they don't do it then who the heck will? The US government has failed to protect its citizens and its borders. They are NOT enforcing the Rule of Law. To that end this is not just an Arizona issue, this is an American issue. This government, this "Hope and Change" administration, seems to have no intention whatsoever of enforcing current immigration law. The federal government is broken and our border is NOT secure, and our government is using this as a vehicle to pass amnesty to lawbreaking illegal aliens.
Arizona is the front line of our nation’s illegal immigration crisis, as well as the assault on State's Rights. Arizona is now being brought to bear an expensive lawsuit against this corrupt and out of control federal government of ours. We should come to Arizona's defense, as she is merely trying to protect herself from invasion, as a result of a negligent federal government.
You can bet that this is going to be a challenge to the 10th amendment in federal court as well!
I think Governor Brewer should recall ALL Arizona National Guard, from where ever they are serving, and bring them to Arizona to protect the border. That is her right as Governor to do since the Guard is under the command of the Governor, through the direction of the Adjutant General.
"A nation without borders is no nation at all." - Ron Paul