Cuccinelli files amicus brief defending Arizona’s immigration law

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Capital Land,David Sherfinski

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Arizona’s tough new law on immigration.

The other states that have signed the brief are Michigan, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Nebraska and South Dakota.

“While much of border enforcement is left to the federal government, federal law expressly allows states to arrest people who are not legally present in the United States,” Cuccinelli said. “Arizona’s law doesn’t change any of this. That’s why we are stunned that the government has sued Arizona.”

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona over its new law, arguing that federal authority pre-empts the state’s law.

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