Nine States File Legal Briefs Declaring Support of Arizona Constitutional Authority – Blogs for Borders

States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona’s immigration law.

Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, directs officers to question people about their immigration status during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops and if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the U.S. illegally.

President Barack Obama’s administration recently filed suit in federal court to block it, arguing immigration is a federal issue. The law’s backers say Congress isn’t doing anything meaningful about illegal immigration, so it’s the state’s duty to step up.

  • Osint

    “… and if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the U.S. illegally.”

    The police asking people whether they are under reasonable suspicion of a crime. Aren't the police supposed to decide on those matters ? You aren't going to ask a possible burglar to decide whether he is under suspicion of burglary ?

    Furthermore, the question is strange. Regardless the answer, the police cannot accuse the potential suspect of lying.

    Who is to decide whether or not a suspicion is ''reasonable'' ?