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Mexico Asks Court To Ban Ariz. Law

Not only is Arizona’s new immigration control law unconstitutional, it will adversely affect education and labor markets in both Mexico and the U.S., according a federal court brief filed by the Mexican government this week.

In the 28-page brief, Mexico asks the court to declare Arizona’s new measure unconstitutional because, among other things, the country’s own interests and its citizens’ rights are at stake. Scheduled to take effect next week, the law (SB1070) makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. without proper documentation and bans “sanctuary city” policies. It also allows local law enforcement officers throughout the state to inquire about suspects’ immigration status.

The influential open borders movement has filed various lawsuits to block the law from being enacted and the Obama Administration has vowed to challenge it even though it was adopted from the federal statute that’s rarely enforced. Just last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that the Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit against the act,” although several Arizona Democrats facing tough reelection races oppose the move.

One of them, Harry Mitchell, sent President Obama a hard-hitting letter urging him not to sue. “I believe your administration’s time, efforts and resources would be much better spent securing the border and fixing our broken immigration system,” the two-term congressman wrote in the letter, which was obtained by a congressional newspaper. “Arizonans are tired of the grandstanding, and tired of waiting for help from Washington. … [A] lawsuit won’t solve the problem. It won’t secure the border, and it won’t fix our broken immigration system.”

Regardless, a foreign government has joined the domestic parade to impede an American state from implementing a law that was created through the appropriate legislative process. Mexican officials have taken legal action because they are “gravely concerned” that Arizona’s law will lead to racial profiling, hurt trade and tourism and strain the countries’ mission to combat violence and drug trafficking.

The measure will also deprive illegal immigrants of freedom, liberty and equal protection guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the Mexican government asserts in its court filing. This sort of “unwarranted” action against a minority population will have “lasting negative effects” similar to actions taken against African-Americans prior to the Civil Rights movement, according to Mexico.

Simply put: “Arizona’s unilateral action burdens Mexico enormously by forcing its officials and citizens to respond to divergent requirements imposed by the different divisions of the U.S. government.” For all the above reasons, Arizona’s new measure should never be enforced, according to the country with 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S.



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