Breaking: WH will sue Arizona over SB1070

posted at 2:05 pm on June 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

CBS News reports that a “senior administration official” has confirmed to them that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth in the interview with an Ecuadorian media outlet.  The Obama administration will file a lawsuit in federal court to block Arizona’s new law requiring law-enforcement personnel to check immigration status while processing suspicious people already in custody:

It was unclear yesterday whether Clinton’s comments were simply a prediction or mistake or whether instead she was getting ahead of a planned announcement by the administration.

Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal government will indeed formally challenge the law when Justice Department lawyers are finished building the case. The official said Justice is still working on building the case.

Wow … just wow.  What a tremendously incompetent manner in which to announce the decision.  The Obama administration informed the Ecuadorian people of this decision before the White House informed Americans.  I’m not sure if that’s Hope and Change, the New Transparency, or Smart Power.

Governor Jan Brewer blasted Obama and his administration for their handling of this policy direction.  I agree, but perhaps she can take comfort in it.  After all, an administration this inept is unlikely to successfully walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone challenge the validity of their new immigration-enforcement law.  Meanwhile, Obama will continue to pursue a policy that is even less popular than his ObamaCare bill, just in time for the midterm referendum on his first two years in office.

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It also means that states can no longer enforce 55mph speed limit laws on interstate highways.

Is this the logic Obama wants to enforce?!

Skywise on June 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Heck, that’s the least of it. How about all those laws in our states to uphold the “equal protection” clause of the 14 Amendment? If states cannot enforce law that the Constitution says the Feds must enforce then all of those laws must go out the window as well. I’m sure that will go over like a lead zeppelin with Hussein’s leftist fans :-)

MJBrutus on June 19, 2010 at 7:36 AM

What the hell has happened to Hillary’s face?

BrideOfRove on June 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM

What the hell has happened to Hillary’s face?

BrideOfRove on June 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Years ago I remember seeing on History Channel (or some similar channel) the true story of a doctor who married a beautiful young woman (I think it was in the 1800s). Soon after they wed, she died unexpectedly. He was devastated and refused to accept that she was gone. So he stole her corpse from the tomb and kept the body in the bedroom with her wedding dress on.

He continued with the *ahem* relationship until the dead woman’s sister found the body in the bedroom. At first she thought it was a doll, but on closer inspection she realized that it was her sister.

Hillary reminds me of this story. She looks like an embalmed corpse in that photo.

UltimateBob on June 19, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Having read the AZ law there is nothing in it that is not covered by the Constitutional fiat. As the 10th Amendment states any State can strengthen the rules of the Constitution or laws enacted under it. This is exactly what AZ is doing.

Therefore, for the Federal Gov. to sue a State is a tacit admission that the Federal laws are weak or not being enforced, requiring strong State action to fill the voids.

MSGTAS on June 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM

BrideOfRove on June 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM

I’m no expert on plastic surgery, but when you compare this to so many other photos of her, it appears she’s had something done. I don’t believe Botox would do all that–it appears to me that she’s had some “lifting.” It’s hard to imagine when she would manage to fit this in, but there have been stretches when we don’t hear anything about her, and I understand there are some pretty fast procedures out there now.

I certainly don’t begrudge her this (if she has done something)–spending your life on camera can’t be any fun, and she’s spent years and years hearing people comment on her appearance, and often in very unflattering terms. In the public eye, it is unfortunately inescapable, and a difference in appearance this startling invites comment. If she would go back to wearing her hair in a more flattering style, as she did during the campaign, I think people would believe she looks “refreshed”–as it is, you can’t help but notice something is…different.

DrMagnolias on June 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Therefore, for the Federal Gov. to sue a State is a tacit admission that the Federal laws are weak or not being enforced, requiring strong State action to fill the voids.

MSGTAS on June 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM

You do have to love the fact that the government who so intentionally fails at enforcing immigration law even thinks about going after the AZ law. This is government in action and people wonder why groups like the Tea Party take root.

CWforFreedom on June 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

It was appropriate for Hillary, Sec. of State, to announce the lawsuit since this administration considers Arizona a foreign country.

Skipper50 on June 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Ed, no way to placate Gov. Brewer.

Of course, AZ will sue the federal govt. in turn.

And exactly how is all that expense and wasted effort any comfort to Gov. Brewer or the tax payers in AZ?

maverick muse on June 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

No doubt they will sue – especially since they haven’t read the actual bill (though I can understand why. Doing so would put a major crimp in their grandstanding).

Hell, these morons can’t even spell check a letter from the President. How the hell are they supposed to be able to do anything else? But than again, details are left to others.

Letter from the President to G-20 Leaders

Virginia Shanahan on June 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Well I’d imagine that’s happened since states have been sued by the feds based upon their immigration policies before.

crr6 on June 19, 2010 at 12:28 AM

I don’t recall seeing anything in the Arizona law that changes one’s immigration status or ability to legally immigrate to the United States. There isn’t a single thing in the law that changes the feds definitions one bit.

The feds argument so far is that they should be able to control immigration on a federal level consistently throughout the country. Which means nothing more than the feds get to define who can and cannot immigrate into the country. They’ve clearly defined what needs to be done for any immigrant to be considered legal.

Arizona law is using the federal definitions to determine legal status.

ButterflyDragon on June 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

After all, an administration this inept is unlikely to successfully walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone challenge the validity of their new immigration-enforcement law.

So inept they’d never be ableto pass Obamacare either heh?

NEVAH underestimate this Admin. to achieve the most unpopular (unAmerican I dare say) outcome possible to further their agenda.

Still, whether they win this lawsuit or not, it’s a no winner for them either wy come elction day so….

Yakko77 on June 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

everyone that voted for obama should be sued for incompetant citizenship

tai-pan on June 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

The idea of 0bama suing Arizona is so ridiculous, and guaranteed to make heads explode, that it seems to me one more piece of evidence that the outraging and crashing of the psyche of the American public is intentional. The fact that I really reeeally don’t want to accept this is figured in as part of the plan, to get the camel’s nose just that mite further into the tent.

Some about martial arts practitioners using your own weight and instincts against you….

cane_loader on June 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

First billboard of its type in Lafayette on the highway. Big huge old-school colorful one:

Large photo of The Gipper in cowboy hat:

Something like (paraphrasing) “When Change was a GOOD thing”

It’s starting here – bet the local Tea Party sponsored it – I needs to find out!

cane_loader on June 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Lafayette Louisiana, that is…..

The billboard went up in the last week or so

cane_loader on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM

This was a great interview Greta had with a US Marshall here in AZ. It’s stunning to see the various types of weapons being confiscated from the drug cartel.

GrannySunni on June 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Uhhh, ALL of those weapons are stolen from the Mexican Military. THATS why the Mexicans, nor the FBI/ATF will reveal the serial numbers of the captured weapons. The US Military SOLD them to the Mexican Military.

ABSOLUTELY NONE of the weapons the Mexican Cartels use are from US gun stores. Imagine you are a super rich cartel leader in Mexico. Do you A) send your guys 1 at a time to Texas to buy 1 or 2 guns at a time, at RETAIL prices??? Or do you B) order a couple dozen crates of Ak47s at $10 each from Africa or China???

Actually, its just easier to STEAL THEM FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

NO ONE ever bought a 30 cal belt fed machine gun or a M60 machine gun at a local gunstore. EVER. IF they somehow DID get guns from TEXAS I guarantee you the ATF sold them to them. NO ONE goes thru a gun store without a background check. All of those are Class3 license weapons. I suspect the ATF is making money on the side, ya know???

orbitalair on June 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Am I safe to assume that this is, wait for it… “unprecedented”?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Wouldn’t it be easier to just ship all illegals to san francisco?

TN Mom on June 19, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Straight from Senator Kyl’s mouth on why Oilbama won’t secure the border. This is so wrong on so many levels. Ugh.

Conservalicious on June 20, 2010 at 5:32 AM

well. since no arguments for preemption or abrogation have been made, it seems like this is a dead thread.

Fighton03 on June 21, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Why is this old haybag meddling in domestic affairs? She should taken her mis-shapen carcass back to her office and read Alice in Wonderland or at least something that would make sense to her.

LarryG on June 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Sounds to me like a good opportunity for AZ to raise the stakes by asserting that the Obama administration is deliberately withholding federal immigration enforcement as a matter of political strategy. If memory serves, a Senator who happens to represent the putative defendant state is featured on YouTube alleging that the President has said as much. A deposition in the upcoming case of U.S. v. Brewer should present a good opportunity for said President to do his denying under oath.

Barnestormer on June 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM