Administration Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law
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NPR's Ted Robbins reports from Tucson.
TED ROBBINS: University of Arizona law professor Mark Miller says that didn't work.
P: Those laws were struck down in a series of cases, starting in the 1870s and coming forward, consistently with the Supreme Court saying immigration is an entirely a matter of federal policy.
ROBBINS: Mark Miller says the problem is that it doesn't give police the discretion to carry out the law, depending on their resources; the same discretion police have to enforce traffic laws, violent offenses, even cooperating with the feds on immigration. It requires them to enforce the immigration law, and forces them to make it a top priority by giving anyone the right to sue if the law isn't enforced.
LOUISE KELLY: Local police chiefs and sheriffs have made this point beautifully in Arizona. They say, it's the law and I will enforce it - but I don't like it. And I don't like it because my goal is public safety, and I think directing resources in this direction will reduce public safety.
ROBBINS: Goddard will be Brewer's opponent in the governor's race should she win the Republican primary. But Goddard's reasoning is that it's a distraction from larger issues.
LOUISE KELLY: Well, from the big picture, I'd much prefer to see the federal government weigh in on the side of immigration reform and border security, rather than picking a fight in court with the State of Arizona.
ROBBINS: Ted Robbins, NPR News, Tucson.
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