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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Dseperation move by a WH that is circling the wagons and trying to hang on to what’s left of the Left.

rockmom on June 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

What a pathetic bunch of fools running this badministration.

blatantblue on June 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

When will they actually read it?

jacrews on June 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Bring it jerkwads. Bring it. See how fast you can get to 30% approval ratings.

NJ Red on June 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Sue for what?! For enforcing federal law?!

I’ll say it again… if it’s illegal for state police agencies to enforce federal law then they have no right to assist federal agencies in any kidnapping, trafficing or any other sort of enforcement of FEDERAL LAW and cannot enforce any state laws that also match FEDERAL laws.

Disgusting.

And why didn’t Obama announce this? Why didn’t Eric Holder announce this? Why is the US Secretary of State announcing this to ECUADOR?!?!

Skywise on June 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Most Transparent and Honest Administration EVAH!

Remember Nappy’s dictum, folks.

mojo on June 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I’ll bet they’ll be “building their case” right up until the next justice of SCOTUS is seated. Any takers?

GoldenEagle4444 on June 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Stupid is as stupid does, sir.

Kafir on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…”

Oathbreaker.

The instant this lawsuit is filed…

IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Will this be a second Civil War — ( most of ) The States against the -Thug- I mean Federal Government

wheels on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I agree with the law we signed here in Arizona, but honestly, I do not know if our state can afford the boycotts and lawsuits.

We were already broke, almost as bad off as california. Now add on the lawsuits, boycotts and negative publicity AZ is getting, its going to take years to recover.

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Pathetic.

changer1701 on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

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

This is the bill to impeach over. Nothing else is so simple and direct.

Up or down vote.

Impeach and convict the president.

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Worst President Ever!!!

joeindc44 on June 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Dseperation move by a WH that is circling the wagons and trying to hang on to what’s left of the Left.

rockmom on June 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

That would suggest a plan or something wouldn’t. I’m convinced that they are just really, really incompetent.

whbates on June 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

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.

I know they’re desperate to appease Hispanic voters, but this is insane. Just the prospect of the federal government suing a state is bad enough, but over a law that 60-70% of Americans(not to mention Arizonans) support?!

Doughboy on June 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

After all, the Dems were given a mandate from the people to…….. destroy the country?

DL13 on June 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

The president of the USA sues a state within the USA to prevent that state from taking action to protect its citizens.

Check, got it.

Daggett on June 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Why the Secretary of State (Madame Hilliary) is involved in this domestic policy issue is beyond me unless the Maobama Régime is playing “hot potato” on everything.
Figures.

Jenfidel on June 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM

offroadaz,
This bho and team are doing to AZ what they are doing to the gulf states, trying to crater the whole blooming lot! I do so detest this bho, really I do!
L

letget on June 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Obama, in the words of Bill Engvall

“Here’s your sign!”

bluemarlin on June 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Is it any consolation that the boycotters are only shooting themselves in the foot economically?

Count to 10 on June 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

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

Hey, the States can’t enforce Federal Gun Laws either! And, moreover, the States can ignore Federal Gun Laws.

Holger on June 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Hey, if Hillary Clinton wants to deep-six her political future by following this course, by all means step out of the way!

willardcsmith on June 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM

This is the bill to impeach over. Nothing else is so simple and direct.

Up or down vote.

Impeach and convict the president.

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Impeach on what? The fed has the right to sue the states.

Skywise on June 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Jan to Hillary: Don’t sing it. Just bring it.

kingsjester on June 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Don’t they have more important things to worry about – like the Gulf of Mexico turning into one big giant oil slick.

A very clear majority supports this bill. This is going to make more people support it.

Hang on – here we go.

gophergirl on June 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

This will go the way of Holder’s threat to try KSM in New York City. It is a diversion. It is a distraction. It is a lolipop for the far left base, a lame attempt to keep them happy and secure their votes this fall. It is a means to get the focus off of Obama’s inept handling of the oil spill.

And that’s all it is. Holder and his Justice Department are all bark and no bite. When have they followed through on any of their threats?

We’re onto your game, lightweights.

fogw on June 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I’m not sure if that’s Hope and Change, the New Transparency, or Smart Power.

Why bother informing the American people at all? It’s not like the opinion or will of the American people actually matter to the Obama Administration.

doriangrey on June 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I see an approval rating in the 30%’s coming very soon!!!

GO ARIZONA!!!!!

SDarchitect on June 18, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Actually…

Didn’t Obama say he wanted a federal police force?

The plot thicks…

Skywise on June 18, 2010 at 2:16 PM

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Somehow I think once people hear this – you are going to have a new groundswell of support.

This is scary.

gophergirl on June 18, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Gov. Brewer about to open a 55 gal. drum of whoop-ass on Holder.

BrianA on June 18, 2010 at 2:16 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.

Once more the refrain: Dear Liar’s incompetence is the only thing saving us from His malevolence.

rbj on June 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

“Impeach on what? The fed has the right to sue the states.”

Uhh.. active failure to secure the union against all enemies, foreign and domestic – and then suing a state that tries to pick up the broken oath?

What planet are you on?

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

if anyone is interested Governor Brewer has a general fund people can donate to for defending SB1070

https://az.gov/app/keepazsafe/index.xhtml

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Meanwhile, Joe Biden was on Afghan television telling the press where we were searching for Osama…

right2bright on June 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Can
Of
Worms

itsacookbook on June 18, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Isn’t there something about “tainting” the jury, as Holder was going around the nation bad mouthing a law he never read…other administration officials doing the same, and claiming they never read the law/

right2bright on June 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Charles Krauthammer is going to have to rethink his most “politically inept” claim he made yesterday, now.

(or the day before)

;)

blatantblue on June 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Okay, so when the federal government rescinds the tenth amendment, is it tyranny yet?

MadisonConservative on June 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I think Arizona will win.

Y-not on June 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

By this administration’s logic, state and local police will be unable to arrest bank robbery suspects. That is a federal violation.

ButterflyDragon on June 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Uhh.. active failure to secure the union against all enemies, foreign and domestic – and then suing a state that tries to pick up the broken oath?

What planet are you on?

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Earth. United States.

Obama’s trying to “secure” the union by getting new legislation through the congress otherwise he’s maintaining the status quo. You can impeach him for failing to enforce immigration laws but it’ll be politically stupid because no recent President (even Reagan) didn’t enforce the laws.

But you can’t impeach him for suing Arizona.

Skywise on June 18, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Ed, I put it to you that HRC is not bumbling. She was asked a direct question by the interviewer and she answered it. She is in fact the only one in this Administration with the cojones, heh, to tell it like it is. Of COURSE they were gonna sue. and IMO they are gonna lose and hopefully will have to reimburse us here in AZ for our expenses housing the illegal immigrants.

ginaswo on June 18, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I agree with the law we signed here in Arizona, but honestly, I do not know if our state can afford the boycotts and lawsuits.

We were already broke, almost as bad off as california. Now add on the lawsuits, boycotts and negative publicity AZ is getting, its going to take years to recover.

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Hey, buck up. You guys are doing the right thing, so take the hits and stand by your guns. Dude, think of the founding fathers and what they were sacrificing and risking. The boycotts and lawsuits are designed to make you guys fold. Don’t give them the satisfaction.

JohnInCA on June 18, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Maybe we can get some answers why the Feds have refused to enforce the federal laws…

d1carter on June 18, 2010 at 2:23 PM

So, now the DOJ will simultaneously be arguing that the mandate is a TAX on Americans and that States cannot enforce Federal Laws to protect their citizens. This is just awesome, the smartest adults ever have been shown to be the complete idiots that they are!

bluemarlin on June 18, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Can Arizona subpoena Big Sis?

d1carter on June 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

This sort of blundering reminds me of the announcement that KSM would be tried in NYC.

I’ve moved from thinking that this administration is incompetent to considering them simply insane.

Cody1991 on June 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

This move comes across as pretty darned
*B*I*T*T*E*R*
to me….

Lockstein13 on June 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

News like this helps solidify my suspicion that there’s a national party full of people in this country that aren’t with us, they’re against us…and it’s not republicans I have that suspicion about. Liberals will do anything to weaken this nation. Conservatives want to do everything they can to protect it.

Only a liberal would direct the nation’s top law enforcement agency to sue a state for merely enforcing the law that the fed refuses to enforce in any manner whatsoever. This is sheer insanity.

TheBlueSite on June 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Where do I send a check to help Arizona taxpayers pay the legal bill? I take motorcycle vacations out to Sedona and Jerome and such, maybe I need to do that more often just to spend money like crazy.

Bishop on June 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

On the wrong side of America once again, wow what a surprise.

jbh45 on June 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Finally it will time for the Supreme Court to put up or shut up.

squidly on June 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

So basically he was doing nothing but jerking around Jan Brewer 2 weeks ago at the White House and feeding her nothing but BS…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

What the? This has got to be a joke. Human beings are simply not this inept.

WarEagle01 on June 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

The Obama administration informed the Ecuadorian people of this decision before the White House informed Americans.

Proving once again that Obama is not and never will be an American. If he was, he would have had this announcement made in the US before HRC went on Ecuador TV with the authority to say this.

Johnnyreb on June 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

It won’t be WH v Arizona, it will be USA v. Arizona. And Arizona should counterclaim for damages caused by the feds’ failure to discharge their Constitutional obligations. Every dime spent on illegals should be charged to Uncle Socialist. And, Arizona’s Reps should offer Articles of Impeachment. Bring it.

james23 on June 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Was there a follow up question, “so you guys finally read the law?” It’s all talk, they got nothing.

joeindc44 on June 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I agree with the law we signed here in Arizona, but honestly, I do not know if our state can afford the boycotts and lawsuits.

We were already broke, almost as bad off as california. Now add on the lawsuits, boycotts and negative publicity AZ is getting, its going to take years to recover.

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Well, I’ll help as much as I can by patronizing AZ businesses. Coldstone Creamery, here I come!

BTW, I checked out your site — very nice! — and I see that it has a forum. I can understand if you don’t want to get too political on it, but maybe you could host a forum topic for non-Arizonans to get information on AZ businesses that do business online or have branches in other states?

Mary in LA on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

It’s hard to believe that Shrillary was so inept/careless. I worry that it was done that way for a reason. Hopefully someone will figure it out, as I’m buffaloed.

petefrt on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Peggy Nooner and Sally Quinn: and that Hillary, what an excellent job she’s doing! Hillary for Socialist in Chief 2012.

james23 on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

So basically he was doing nothing but jerking around Jan Brewer 2 weeks ago at the White House and feeding her nothing but BS…

PatriotRider on June 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Yeah, I was wondering when the team would show up to help sort things out. BO promised to send some sort of crew to prowl around and then have meetings.

Instead, Captain Kick Ass decides to sue!

Cody1991 on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I guess Arizona is no longer one of the 57 states.

Question I expect to be answered one way or the other sooner rather than later – If the federal government refuses to exercise duties assigned to it by the Constitution by refusing to prevent invasion and refusing to guarantee a republican form of government to every state, do the states have the right to leave the Union?

steveegg on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

It was impossible for the White House to look anymore incompetent, so they came up with this idea and actually surpassed past failures.

Hening on June 18, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Keep in mind that the Feds have sued Arizona three times in the past 15 years for “immigration laws” that were passed. So far they are 0 for 3, and they will loose this one too. The law is the law, and until congress changes the current immigration laws, Arizona will prevail.

olddog3006 on June 18, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Hillary is now officially the fourth Dixie Chick. It was inappropriate for her to announce this in Ecuador. She could have said that the DOJ was still studying it.

kingsjester on June 18, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Well this is the Friday day dump from this bho and team. Now this bho can go about his business of golf and date night out with mo.
L

letget on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

More tax payer dollars spent well!
/sarc

xler8bmw on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I buy my coffee online from Cafe du Monde, ever since Katrina. I’d be happy to do something similar for an AZ business. (Preferably with a product not quite so fattening as Coldstone Creamery’s!)

Mary in LA on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

This is FANTASTIC news.

Even lefties, way down in the burnt core of what is left of their feelings of Liberty, will get a little cringe at the prospect of the Federal Government suing a State over their own failure to enforce US Federal laws.

I say bring it on. The people know what is right and this will be a massive blunder.

Other great news is that now, THEY HAVE TO SUE. If they back down, they will be emasculated.

Opposite Day on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I agree with the law we signed here in Arizona, but honestly, I do not know if our state can afford the boycotts and lawsuits.

We were already broke, almost as bad off as california. Now add on the lawsuits, boycotts and negative publicity AZ is getting, its going to take years to recover.

offroadaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! We survived the boycotts from the legislative mess over the Martin Luther King Holiday. We survived when people boycotted over Evan Meacham’s comments and we will survive this. Although I agree it’s going to be difficult.

Brewer hired Snell and Wilmer to defend AZ. I have no doubt that we will prevail. I just find it horribly offensive and insulting that Obama lied to Brewer, lied to those of us in Arizona and the US, and didn’t even have the cajones to announce the lawsuit himself. Nor did Holder.

Now I suppose this means we won’t be getting any National Guard troops here on the border.

And did you all happen to see the BLM’s announcement this week about the caution/warning signs being posted along I-8 throughout the Sonoran Desert National Monument? This is not along the border. The northeastern tip of this area is about 35 miles west of Phoenix.
http://www.kvoa.com/news/bureau-of-land-management-warns-motorists-who-travel-along-i-8/

GrannySunni on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

What an opportunity to put this issue front and center before November, start grilling the demorats on whether they support this legal action or not.

Just don’t ask Etheridge, he is known to get a bit testy.

Bishop on June 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Bring it jerkwads. Bring it. See how fast you can get to 30% approval ratings.

NJ Red on June 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

+100

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

yesterday was the deadline that GOV Brewer was supposed to receive some WH staff and other items after the deal was inked ~2wks ago in the meeting. Alas, as of yesterday, she hadn’t received jack nor squat—now this. A lawsuit—natch

ted c on June 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Plug the Damn Hole! yeah! er..woops, wrong thread….

ted c on June 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Actually now this forces the AG from AZ who is a dem and running for Brewer’s job to defend the law. as the chief law officer for the state, they are required to defend the state in federal cases. get the popcorn ready

ConservativePartyNow on June 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Why not sue Cali, they have a very similar law on the books…. Hold it, how can they sue AZ for a law that reinforces a federal law? I am puzzled, once again, by this failure in the WH.

jbh45 on June 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

A friend of mine told me today not to worry as I do about this administration. He said that it’s falling apart quickly and that all the things BO is doing are going to blow up in his face.

This could be the final straw.

Cody1991 on June 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

telling ecuador before america…

nice touch there…

AZ is going to be just fine…it’s the other states I’m worried about now…I hear the illegals are leaving here in droves…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Skywise said:

“You can impeach him for failing to enforce immigration laws but it’ll be politically stupid because no recent President (even Reagan) didn’t enforce the laws.”

————–

True, even Reagan didn’t enforce the laws. But name me a president who SUED a state trying to stop a foreign invasion? Obama would be the first in the history of the country. Apples and oranges.

IMPEACH

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I don’t have enough hair left to pull out

Ugly on June 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Mary in LA on June 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

No beignets?

d1carter on June 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM

ted c on June 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

lolol

cmsinaz on June 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Wait a minute Skywise – it would be “politically STUPID” to impeach Obama, but it’s perfectly politic for him to sue Arizona over a law that 70% support?

Sheesh…

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Skywise, don’t you have some life jackets to inspect?

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I guess this is what candidate Obama meant by being able to walk and chew gum at the same time; the destruction of the red-states gulf is well in hand so now he can move on to the southwest.

pain train on June 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The litigation hate party, litigating?

An administration in which Hillary is perceived as less than the worst?

That’s insulting scum on a whole new level.

Speakup on June 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

It’s hard to believe that Shrillary was so inept/careless. I worry that it was done that way for a reason. Hopefully someone will figure it out, as I’m buffaloed.

petefrt on June 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Perhaps Hillary is positioning herself for a run in 2012 and is taking advantage of the opportunity to help drive Obama’s poll numbers down even farther..

This is one of the Clintons we are talking about here, they practically wrote the book on political maneuvering.

Desert Gardens on June 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

How do those Mexi knee pads fit, Hussein? After this you’re going to need them more than ever.

leftnomore on June 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The idiots are going to sue Arizona yet California has the same law which is penal code 834b. Without a doubt the most incompetent administration of all time

HAGGS99 on June 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

What is the Arizona delegation doing to represent their state in Washington?

Dusty on June 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM

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.

Well, I can live with that part of it, but whew! He ain’t too smart is he?

Bob's Kid on June 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM

You can’t argue stupidity when it’s looking more and more like bad intentions

cane_loader on June 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

If there’s a country Obama likes less than his own, I’d love to know which.

Erich66 on June 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Erich66 on June 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Israel

ConservativePartyNow on June 18, 2010 at 2:48 PM

While they’re building a case? Rigging whose docket this winds up before is more like it, standard Chicago operating proceedure.

Archimedes on June 18, 2010 at 2:48 PM

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