Opponents of the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging the enforcement of Arizona's controversial immigration law have hit upon a strategy to use the reasoning behind the action to highlight what they contend is a gaping inconsistency in Justice Department's policy priorities. Why should federal attorneys be targeting the Arizona law as an alleged obstacle to coherent and centralized enforcement of federal immigration statutes, they argue, while Justice officials also have done nothing to challenge the legal status of so-called sanctuary cities, which effectively block enforcement of the same federal law?
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Phoenix to stop Arizona’s law from going into effect this Thursday, arguing that the measure interferes with federal immigration policy. But critics, including California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, are challenging the logic of Justice's move, arguing that if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder really cared about enforcing federal immigration law, he should be targeting sanctuary cities instead of Arizona.Read More »from Supporters of Arizona’s immigration law turn focus to ‘sanctuary cities’