Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl issued a joint statement responding to reports that the Obama administration is planning to file a lawsuit against the state's anti-immigration law.
They make two arguments: 1) the law hasn't gone into effect yet, and 2) the federal government must not be interested in securing the border if it's planning to stop Arizona's efforts.
It is far too premature for the Obama Administration to challenge the legality of this new law since it has not yet been enforced. Most legal experts believe such a ‘facial challenge’ to the statute would be very difficult to win.
Moreover, the American people must wonder whether the Obama Administration is really committed to securing the border when it sues a state that is simply trying to protect its people by enforcing immigration law.
Attorney General Holder speaks of the ‘federal government’s responsibility’ to enforce immigration laws; but what are the people of Arizona left to do when the federal government fails in its responsibility?
The Obama Administration has not done everything it can do to protect the people of Arizona from the violence and crime illegal immigration brings to our state. Until it does, the federal government should not be suing Arizona on the grounds that immigration enforcement is solely a federal responsibility.