With the intent of discouraging other states from following in Arizona’s footsteps, the Obama administration has been threatening Arizona with a lawsuit. But that move has only emboldened Corey Stewart, the Chairman of Prince William’s County Board of Supervisors in Virginia. In fact, Stewart has vowed to “push harder to get legislation passed at the state level that would enhance police officials’ power to capture, detain and deport illegal immigrants and create specific Virginia penalties for illegal immigrants,” according to a www.washingtonpost.com article on Sunday.
Stewart also told The Washington Post that “I think the Obama administration has made a strategic blunder. The Justice Department is going to have egg on its face when its case is dismissed. Arizona is on very firm legal footing, and the administration is just trying to intimidate Arizona.” Stewart added, “I hope the Justice Department sues Virginia as well. I hope they have so many targets that they are unable to focus on Arizona…Every state that supports Arizona should implement a similar law to make it impossible for the (federal government) to focus on any one state or jurisdiction.”
The immigration issue has most Democrats nervous, especially with November so close at hand. They have been afraid of losing their majority even as far back as this past December, and with immigration on the front burner, it is adding to their fears. In fact, a www.nytimes.com article on Sunday stated that Democrat governors were voicing “deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.”
Tennessee Democrat Governor Phil Bredesen referred to immigration as “a toxic subject.”
Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that another angle that the Obama administration intended to take to bring Arizona back under federal control would be to “bring yet another lawsuit against Arizona if there is evidence that the immigration law leads to racial profiling.”
David Axelrod, Obama’s senior advisor stated Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama intends to remain “committed to passing an immigration overhaul.”
A www.onenewsnow.com article on Wednesday stated that the Christian law firm the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) will “assist Arizona in its defense against the Obama Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of The Grand Canyon State’s immigration enforcement statute.”
Pointing out that Obama has stated that Arizona’s law is “misguided,” One News Now reports that Jordan Sekulow, director of international operations with ACLJ “contends that Obama’s grievance is what is misguided.”
Sekulow commented further that, “For President Obama to invoke race in this, which he did in that speech – calling this divisive, saying this may lead to people being pulled over because of how they talk or what color their skin is, and then, of course, invoking religion – is totally misguided.” Sekulow added that, “Unfortunately, there are many Christian conservative groups who have bought into President Obama’s propaganda.” He also stated that the federal government is failing in its Constitutional responsibility to protect Arizona and the nation from the dangers associated with illegal immigration (such as drug wars, and murders of citizens) by challenging Arizona’s law and being negligent about enforcing the borders.