Arizona's Attorney General says state has good case

Dec 12, 2011

Attorney General Tom Horne says he believes Arizona has a good case when the U.S Supreme Court hears arguments in late April, on the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law, known as 1070.

The Supreme Court hearing comes at the request of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.  It follows a decision by the 9thU-S Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an injunction against key sections of the law.  Among those sections is a requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says while the federal government is responsible for stopping illegal immigration at the border, it becomes Arizona’s responsibility when they enter the state.  And he added that preventing the state from "doing what we can to help prevent illegal immigrants from coming into Arizona, is a violation of Arizona’s sovereignty.”

Governor Brewer says she’s confident the High Court will uphold Arizona’s constitutional authority to protect the safety of its citizens.