Feds sue Arizona to block enforcement of SB 1070

From the Associated Press:

PHOENIX — The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s tough new law targeting illegal immigrants.
The government filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on Tuesday.

The lawsuit argues that Arizona’s new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws usurps federal authority.

Tuesday’s action has been expected for weeks. President Barack Obama has called the state law misguided. Supporters say it is a reasonable reaction to federal inaction on immigration.


Rep. Judy Chu issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit:
“I applaud the Justice Department’s decision to challenge Arizona’s immigration law,” said Chu. “This misguided policy is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American in the way it separates families and hurts real people. Arizona’s law is an excessive – and obvious – reaction to the reality that, for far too long, the federal government has neglected its responsibility and authority over immigration policy. That’s why Congress must prevent the emergence of other patchwork fixes to our broken system and pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.”

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Antonovich: Proposed boycott of Arizona “stupid”

This from a press release put out by Antonovich’s press deputy Tony Bell Wednesday:

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich called the proposal to divest and boycott Arizona over the state’s passage of SB 1070, making illegal federal immigration law a violation of state law stupid.

“As elected officials, we take an oath to uphold the federal and state constitutions. To boycott a state for enforcing our federal laws is in direct violation of that oath. The propaganda by both the media and others is intentionally misleading because Arizona’s law mirrors federal law. Rather than debating a boycott, this Board should hold our federal representatives accountable for their failure to act on immigration reform but also for their failure to reimburse costs incurred by local governments.

This knee jerk reaction to support law breakers at the expense of law-abiding legal immigrants and other residents is irresponsible.

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Tellez’s criminal record

In February of 2005, ICE agents engaged in a criminal alien program seeking to deport illegal immigrants in the prison and jail system, said Kice. Tellez was serving time in Ventura County for drug possession and resisting arrest, according to court documents.

Days after the deportation, Tellez was caught trying to cross back into the United States south of San Diego, Kice said.

Tellezs criminal history stretches back to 1992 when he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. The same year he pled guilty to being a minor in possession of alcohol.

In 1994, Tellez was arrested by police in Oxnard on weapons charges. He pleaded guilty to felony assault with a deadly weapon. That same year he also pleaded guilty to a charge of spousal abuse and was sentenced to 180 days in the Ventura County Jail, according to official records.

In 1999 Tellez was accused of violating a restraining order in a domestic case. Officials said they did not know if the restraining order involved Suzanne Jaramillo, the victim in Monday’s murder-suicide.


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