July 6, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The Justice Department could file a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration law as early as Tuesday, an official tells Fox News.
The potential court action comes just days after President Obama delivered a speech calling on Congress to tackle a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. In the speech, he criticized Arizona’s law and warned that national legislation is needed to prevent other states from following suit.
The president did not mention the lawsuit, but one was widely expected. After the administration initially said it would take the law under review, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed last month in an interview with a foreign television network that the administration intended to challenge the Arizona policy. The Justice Department would do so on the grounds that federal responsibility for border enforcement preempts any state law on the issue.