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U.S. Sues Arizona over Immigration Law

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Looks like the federal government, like Los Angeles and various other cities, is not thrilled about SB 1070, the controversial Arizona immigration law that's set to take effect later this month.

Saying that Arizona "crossed a constitutional line," the Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to block the law. "Setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she had vetoed similar pieces of immigration legislation when she the state's Governor. "They would have diverted critical law-enforcement resources from the most serious threats to public safety and undermined the vital trust between local jurisdictions and the communities they serve."

Some Republicans don't see it that way. "Not only does this lawsuit reveal the Obama administration's contempt for immigration laws and the people of Arizona,'' said a letter from a coalition of House Republicans, "it reveals contempt for the majority of the American people who support Arizona's efforts to reduce human smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal immigration."