The city councils of two major Arizona cities – Tucson and Flagstaff – have announced their intentions to file lawsuits to challenge the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Senate Bill 1070). The Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution authorizing the lawsuit. The Council described the move as an unfunded mandate for the City to carry out the responsibilities of the federal government. The cost to enforce the new immigration law will be overly excessive said Council members in Tucson as they authorized a lawsuit.
Meanwhile, City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, one of the most vocal opponents of the statute, said he will join with other Arizona mayors in filing a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the statute. Mayor Gordon had been pushing the Phoenix City Council to authorize a lawsuit on the City’s behalf, but was not able to gather sufficient support.
Additionally, both U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano continue speak critically of the Arizona statute. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Secretary Napolitano stated she fears Senate Bill 1070 will force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use its already stretched resources to deal with those arrested under Arizona’s new law and will siphon federal money and staff away from hunting down dangerous immigrants. Moreover, Attorney General Holder has said that the Department of Justice is reviewing the statute and will consider all of its options, including “the possibility of a court challenge.”
Stay tuned as Jackson Lewis continue to follow the growing number of legal challenges to Arizona Senate Bill 1070.