Here we go again folks. With a law suit against AZ for the same thing, a new one pops up from the Obummer administration against states that simply wish to protect its citizens against illegals and the cost of the same. Of course, illegal immigration is the primary responsibility of the federal government which they choose to ignore ignore at tremendous costs to the American people:DOJ sues Ala. over immigration law
By REID J. EPSTEIN | 8/2/11 7:19
Arguing that the federal government sets immigration policy, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation law before it takes effect on Sept. 1.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Birmingham, is the third major legal challenge to the Alabama law, which would, among other things, make it illegal for undocumented immigrants to apply for work, require law enforcement to determine the legal status of people they arrest, transport or “conceal” undocumented people in the state, and force public schools to determine the citizenship status of their students.
“To put it in terms we relate to here in Alabama, you can only have one quarterback in a football game. In immigration, the federal government is the quarterback,” U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said, according to the Birmingham News.
Attorney General Eric Holder, in a statement released by the Justice Department, said states cannot set their own immigration laws.
“Today’s action makes clear that setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility that cannot be addressed through a patchwork of state immigration laws,” Holder said. “The department is committed to evaluating each state immigration law and making decisions based on the facts and the law. To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law, we are prepared to bring suit, as we did in Arizona.”
The Obama administration suit is the second major legal challenge to the Alabama law, which Gov. Robert Bentley signed in June. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups filed a joint suit last month arguing, like the federal government, that the Alabama law unlawfully claims federal immigration authority for the state.
A federal judge in Birmingham is scheduled to hear arguments on that suit Aug. 24, according to the Associated Press.
The civil rights groups also said the state law violates the Fourth Amendment’s search-and-seizure provisions, deters immigrants from enrolling their children in public schools and unlawfully forbids legal immigrants from attending state colleges and universities.
And also Monday, a coalition of Alabama religious leaders filed another separate suit challenging the law, saying it “”makes it a crime to follow God’s command to be Good Samaritans.”
That suit claims the state’s “bishops have reason to fear that administering of religious sacraments, which are central to the Christian faith, to known undocumented persons may be criminalized under this law,” according to the Birmingham News.
The Alabama law’s chief legislative sponsor told the AP the Justice Department lawsuit is an infringement on Alabama’s sovereignty.“The Obama administration and the federal bureaucrats have turned a blind eye toward the immigration issue and refuse to fulfill their constitutional duty to enforce laws already on the books,” said state House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, a Decatur Republican. “Now, they want to block our efforts to secure Alabama’s borders and prevent our jobs and taxpayer dollars from disappearing into the abyss that illegal immigration causes.”