No- not to seize assets of the cartels or human traffickers but to sue Arizona, silly! The DOJ made it official today, joining such American as Apple Pie groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the nation of Mexico in challenging Arizona's SB 1070 law in the courts.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation's toughest immigration crackdown.So basically, the Feds are going to try and make the case that the state of Arizona is trying to usurp its authority when it comes to the enforcement of immigration laws- which curiously is being applied to a state that signed a measure proactively against illegal immigration as opposed to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Portland, Or. and Oakland, Ca that are proactively supporting illegal immigration through non-enforcement.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix argues that Arizona's law requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic violations usurps federal authority.
Speaking of sanctuary cities, former Houston police chief Harold Hurtt has been appointed to oversee cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This announcement comes as the widow of a Houston police officer killed in the line of duty by a repeat offender who was in the country illegally sued Hurtt for failing to enforce already existing immigration laws. Rodney J Johnson was shot and killed during a September 2006 traffic stop by Juan Leonardo Quintero. Quintero had been in the country illegally and was deported in 1999, but managed to sneak back in and was arrested for DUI and lewd acts with a minor long before Houston PD officer Rodney Johnson pulled him over.
The widow- a current Houston Police officer herself- isn't seeking any monetary damages (outside of legal fees) but is hoping the civil suit will bring pressure to change some of the policies that led to the lapses that permitted an illegal immigrant with a rap sheet to be released back out into the public.
The lawsuit comes on the one year anniversary of another Houston PD officer being shot and killed by an illegal immigrant. Officer Henry Canales was fatally shot by Roberto Pedroza Carillo in June last year when Canales tried arresting him during an undercover sting. Carillo opened fire on another undercover officer before being killed by return fire.