Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed a reply to the U.S. Supreme Court last week, regarding the state’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the SB 1070 litigation initiated by the federal government.
In August, Brewer petitioned the nation’s highest court to review and lift an injunction that blocked certain provisions specified in SB 1070, a law passed by the Arizona Legislature to be tougher on illegal immigration.
In last week’s response, Brewer urges the court to hear what she refers to as a “nationally significant case.”
“I have said it before, and I will say it again – Illegal immigration is not just Arizona’s problem,” Brewer said. “It is America’s problem. The actions of other state such as South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Utah to follow Arizona’s lead in adopting SB 1070-like legislation is a true testament to the pressing national importance of this issue. Yet the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the human and financial costs of illegal immigration, and instead imposes unprecedented litigation upon those states who are forced to do the job that it will not.”
Brewer said by hearing the case, the Supreme Court has the opportunity to “solidify the principles that govern cooperative federalism, and to clarify the role that states may play in fulfilling duities the feds have abdicated.”