July 15, 2010
The CNMI has joined Michigan and 8 other states in their legal brief that supports the Arizona law in the U.S. vs Arizona court case. Well, no surprise here. In fact, some joked that Siemer and Willens probably helped draft the Arizona law.
Michigan AG Mike Cox filed the brief to support Arizona's racist law.
Cox is a Republican running for governor, as is Florida's AG Bill McCollum who is way behind in the polls. Also running as the Republican candidate for governor, is Pennsylvania's AG Tom Corbett. The two candidates are said to be using the lawsuit as a political ploy to get votes. It sure isn't working in Florida where McCollum is trailing terribly in the polls.
AG Cox also filed a lawsuit to oppose President Obama's healthcare law as did some of the other AGs participating in this ploy. This seems to be the new action of choice used when the Republicans fail to push their own agenda in Congress.
Michigan's Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm disagrees with the Arizona law and with Cox's action. She can't run for re-election because of term limits. Additionally, the move of the Pennsylvania AG is not supported by the Pennsylvania governor, Gary Tuma, who said, "The position of the administration is that the federal government has the power and should take the lead in developing a 50-state solution to the problem of illegal immigration."
Nebraska AG Jon Bruning, South Carolina AG Henry McMaster, Alabama AG Troy King, South Dakota AG Marty Jackley, Texas AG Greg Abbott, and Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli are the others who joined. All, of the state's attorney generals who signed off on the brief are, of course, Republicans. Most, like AG Cox also opposed Obama's healthcare plan.
The amici curiae brief filed yesterday requests to join the case in support of Arizona and the Court ordered that the motion was granted. The 16-page brief requests that the Court deny the U.S. Governments request for a preliminary injunction.
Hopefully, this move will help in efforts to get the US DoJ to file a lawsuit against the CNMI. Human rights and legal rights organizations have been notified of the unconstitutional provisions in PL 17-1, as has the US DoJ.
There's no question as to why the CNMI joined Michigan and the other states. Obviously, it fit their agenda of maintaining local control over their evil system where they can oppress the foreign workforce.
I predict that these politically motivated attorney generals, and the CNMI leadership, will be very disappointed when they see the United States win this lawsuit.
The immigration issue has become the civil rights issue of today. In 5 or 10 years some of the racist and anti-immigrant supporters will be remembered in history books just as the once vocal Klu Klux Klan and other segregationist groups earned their status as groups who became scars on the face of democracy.
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