Arizona is at it again. Republicans Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne have filed a counter suit against the federal government claiming that, in part, it has failed to gain “operational control” of the border.
The suit also claims the government is not enforcing immigration laws, and is not protecting Arizona from “harms associated with rampant illegal immigration.”
This countersuit comes less than a year since Gov. Brewer signed controversial SB 1070 into law, and started a mass a wave of protests, campaigns, and boycotts. The most controversial parts of the law were put on hold by federal courts, including the requirement that officers are to determine the immigration status of anyone they had “reasonable suspicion” to believe was in the country undocumented.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Brewer and Horne’s claims have no merit and “does nothing to secure the border.”
At a news conference in Phoenix, Arizona’s Governor Brewer told reporters that the suit was filed because she felt she had no other choice since the federal government “has failed to protect the citizens of Arizona.” Adding, “We did not want this fight. We did not start this fight. But, now that we are in it, Arizona will not rest until out border is secured and federal immigration laws are enforced.”
Brewer added that the state is likely pursue their claims all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
She noted that all legal costs would not come from tax payer money, but instead from thousands of donations from people all across the country.