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Justice Dept. Confirms Lawsuit Against Arizona, Ecuador Just Nods and Says ‘We Know’

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By Doug Powers  •  June 18, 2010 03:08 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

By way of Right Scoop, now that Hillary Clinton got the diplomatic formality of notifying Ecuador out of the way, Arizona and the rest of America can be told that the Obama Justice Department will file suit against Arizona’s immigration law:

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.

At least maybe now Eric Holder will have to read the law in order to prepare his case, but I’m not totally counting on it.

Jan Brewer has vowed to fight any suit over the law. The first thing Arizona should do is use the $1.25 million federal grant they got for building a “Squirrel Bridge to Nowhere” and instead put it toward fighting the lawsuit.

You can’t help but wonder what the cost to taxpayers of this lawsuit will be, and how much fencing and additional border security the money could have paid for. Then again, if the Obama administration gave a damn about border security, drug smuggling and illegal aliens in general (known to the DNC as “potential voters”), they wouldn’t be filing the lawsuit in the first place.

President Obama had told Arizona Governor Brewer that he’d notify her within two weeks of their meeting about her request for National Guard troops at the border. The two weeks were up on Wednesday and Brewer heard back nothing. Brewer said that was “unacceptable,” but if she thought that was unacceptable, just wait until Obama sends in the National Guard, but only to deliver her court summons:

To quote Mike Pence: “Whose side are you on?”

Update: Arizona’s Attorney General says he won’t defend the state’s immigration law against the Federal lawsuit. The Attorney General is a Democrat and a gubernatorial candidate, so this isn’t really a shocker — who are we to expect the worm to actually do his job?

Update II: “Squirrel bridge” project cancelled. It’s on!

(h/t Nice Deb)

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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