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No plan to file lawsuits for refusing to cooperate with feds
The Obama administration said this week that there is no reason to sue so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to cooperate with federal authorities, whereas Arizona's new immigration law was singled out because it "actively interferes" with enforcement.
"There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a stat
Officials in Arizona say they've been unfairly singled out by President Obama and Mr. Holder, who last week sued to overturn Arizona's law, arguing it could lead to a patchwork of state laws.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on illegal immigration --commonly called sanctuary cities -- are just as guilty of creating a patchwork, and violate the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
And Mr. Smith said the administration doesn't appear to understand that law, which requires localities to share information on illegal immigrants with federal authorities.
"The White House is just plain wrong on the premise since the Arizona law mirrors federal law - it does not 'interfere' with it," he said.
Originally posted by Retseh
As much as I hate to say this, I believe there is a difference here.
Failing to cooperate with the Feds is a different issue than states who pass legislation related to areas already deemed by the Supreme Court to be the sole mandate of the government. Immigration and foreign relations regrettably fall into that category.
I live in Arizona, you have no idea how much I hate to admit that the Feds may have got it right for once.