QUESTION: Thank you very much.
I would like to start with the immigration debate in the United States. The recently approved law in Arizona has presented sort of a difficult scenario for the President Obama Administration. According to some polling, half of the United States has approved this law and maybe other states would like to implement it. How’s Obama Administration dealing with this debate? Is the immigration law near reality?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Andrea, first, let me say how pleased I am that I have this chance to talk to you about these and other important issues. President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.
But the more important commitment that President Obama has made is to try to introduce and pass comprehensive immigration reform. That is what we need. Everyone knows it, and the President is committed to doing it.
Huh? The Obama Regime still hasn’t announced they’ve made a concrete decision whether or not to sue Arizona, either Pant Suits is talking out her ass because she’s on Ecuadoran TV or she just dropped a bombshell…
Gregg Re at The Daily Caller:
The news of Clinton’s comments comes as Arizona officials point out that the administration has not provided details they requested regarding assistance that the White House promised the state.
President Obama had told Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that, within two weeks of her visit to the White House earlier this month, he would provide information about the deployment of National Guard troops to the state. As the crisis in the Gulf Coast worsens, that deadline has come and gone.
“We will keep pestering him” if there are no more details by June 17, Fox News quotes Brewer as saying.
DRJ at Patterico:
Everyone is committed to comprehensive immigration reform if by “everyone” Hillary Clinton means 34% of Americans, because that’s how many people agree with Obama’s views on immigration.
And those resources and staffers Obama said he would send to Arizona? Sounds like they are more likely to be lawyers than security for the border.
John McCormack at The Weekly Standard:
Maybe this means that Eric Holder and the folks at the State Department have finally gotten around to reading the law? Nah. And I’m a bit skeptical that the Obama administration will actually follow through on this lawsuit. A new Washington Post/ABC poll out today shows that American voters support the Arizona immigration law 58% to 41%.
This may not surprise most people, given the Obama administration’s rhetorical attacks on the bill. However, those have slacked off recently as the Gulf oil spill finally began to get more of their attention than a law-enforcement measure in Arizona. The Deepwater Horizon disaster may not be the only reason for the White House distance from the controversy, either. The same Washington Post/ABC poll with the distorted sample noted last week shows solid support for the Arizona law, the Post reports today:
Most Americans support the new, controversial Arizona law that gives police there the power to check the residency status of suspected illegal immigrants. But most also still back a program giving those here illegally the right to earn legal documentation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The article doesn’t mention the topline result for this question, which is 58/41 in support for the law. Given that level of support in a sample skewed by an eight-point advantage for Democrats, a lawsuit against Arizona would likely be tremendously unpopular. In fact, those numbers resemble the ratings for repealing ObamaCare, another deeply unpopular program that Democrats will carry as baggage into the midterms.
CBS News is reporting that the Justice Department is preparing to file suit to challenge the Arizona Immigration law:
As Hotsheet reported yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a television interview in Ecuador this month that the Obama Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit” against the controversial Arizona immigration measure signed into law earlier this year.
The comment was striking because both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had said only that the administration was considering a suit. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called Clinton’s comments stunning and added that “to learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous.”
It was unclear yesterday whether Clinton’s comments were simply a prediction or mistake or whether instead she was getting ahead of a planned announcement by the administration.
Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal government will indeed formally challenge the law when Justice Department lawyers are finished building the case. The official said Justice is still working on building the case.
I would imagine that we’ll see a lawsuit filed sometime before the end of July, when the law is scheduled to go into effect, and that the Justice Department will ask the Court to enjoin enforcement of the law until it has been ruled upon.
Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s place:
Jan Brewer has vowed to fight any suit over the law. The first thing Arizona should do is use the $1.25 million federal grant they got for building a “Squirrel Bridge to Nowhere” and instead put it toward fighting the lawsuit.
You can’t help but wonder what the cost to taxpayers of this lawsuit will be, and how much fencing and additional border security the money could have paid for. Then again, if the Obama administration gave a damn about border security, drug smuggling and illegal aliens in general (known to the DNC as “potential voters”), they wouldn’t be filing the lawsuit in the first place.
President Obama had told Arizona Governor Brewer that he’d notify her within two weeks of their meeting about her request for National Guard troops at the border. The two weeks were up on Wednesday and Brewer heard back nothing. Brewer said that was “unacceptable,” but if she thought that was unacceptable, just wait until Obama sends in the National Guard, but only to deliver her court summon
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit
UPDATE: Sean J. Miller at The Hill