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Arizona to Sue Federal Government for Failing to Secure Borders and Enforce Immigration Laws

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By Doug Powers  •  February 10, 2011 03:35 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

From the “this just in” file:

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has announced the state will sue the federal government for its failure to secure the border and enforce immigration laws.

Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne held a news conference Thursday to announce their fight in the face of a federal judge’s ruling that parts of SB1070, the state’s controversial immigration law, are unconstitutional.

Another option would be to keep enforcing SB1070 in full in spite of a federal judge ruling parts unconstitutional, but doing so would be considered an egregious infringement on Obama administration copyright.

Here are the five counts in the lawsuit:

1. Failure to obtain operational control of the border
2. Failure to enforce immigration laws
3. Failure to protect Arizona from harm from immigration
4. Failure to reimburse Arizona for more than $763 million in costs for incarceration of criminal aliens
5. Violating Arizona’s 10th Amendment, failure to protect Arizona citizens’ welfare

Any other states want to join the party?

Many in Arizona, along with Mississippi, don’t want to wait for the federal government to build a border fence, either. Sometimes if you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.

**Written by Doug Powers

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