Arizona Immigration

Suspicious package sent to Arizona congressman

Fear and loathing in America…Thanks Fox News, Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al!

The Washington Post

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., was evacuated Thursday after an envelope containing a white powder was discovered in the office’s mail.

The congressman, who is seeking a fifth term, wasn’t at the office when a staffer discovered the envelope, Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said. The envelope had swastikas either written or stamped on the front.

Tucson police responded and evacuated about a dozen people from the office. An FBI spokesman said the substance has been taken to Phoenix for further testing.

Authorities said it’s not immediately known who sent the envelope to Grijalva, who has been threatened previously.

Sarvana said Grijalva was at another Tucson office Thursday – his campaign office – and was made aware of the envelope’s discovery.

A Phoenix man was indicted in June for allegedly threatening to assault, kidnap and murder Grijalva and his aides. In July, a bullet was fired into Grijalva’s Yuma district office shortly after he reversed his call for a convention boycott because of Arizona’s new immigration law.

AZ Gov. Brewer Condemns U.N. Report

Brewer is truly delusional…

Associated Press

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer demanded Friday that a reference to the state’s controversial immigration law be removed from a State Department report to the United Nations’ human rights commissioner.

The U.S. included its legal challenge to the law on a list of ways the federal government is protecting human rights.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report, which was drafted as part of a UN review of human rights in all member nations every four years.

“The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional,” Brewer wrote.

Arizona’s law generally requires police officer enforcing other laws to investigate the immigration status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants.

Critics say it would lead officers to target Hispanics. Supporters, including Brewer, say the law prohibits racial profiling and other human rights abuses.

The U.S. Justice Department sued to block the measure, arguing federal law trumps the state’s authority to enforce immigration laws.

A federal judge in July sided with the Justice Department and blocked enforcement of the law’s most controversial provisions a day before it was scheduled to take effect.

In its report, the State Department does not specifically allege that Arizona’s law would lead to racial profiling.

“A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world,” the report says. “The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.”

A State Department spokesman had no immediate comment on Brewer’s letter.

Brewer, a Republican, is running for election in November. Her popularity in Arizona and her national profile have soared since she signed the immigration measure in April.

Arizona Immigration Law: Jan Brewer Angry About Clinton Claim Of Pending DOJ Lawsuit

So, what did the Governor expect the Justice Department to do?  Nothing?  

Huffington Post

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she’s angry over comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Obama administration will sue the state over its new immigration law.

In a June 8 media interview in Ecuador that began circulating Thursday in the U.S., Clinton said President Barack Obama thinks the federal government should determine immigration policy and that the Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.”

Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler on Thursday declined to say whether the department would sue and that “the department continues to review the law.”

The department has been looking at the law for weeks for possible civil rights violations, with an eye toward a possible court challenge.

It’s unclear why Clinton made the comment since it’s not her area. She couldn’t be reached Thursday for comment.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Obama and Clinton have both made it clear that the administration opposes the law.

“I will defer to the Justice Department on the legal steps that are available and where they stand on the review of the law,” Crowley said. “The secretary believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a better course of action.”

Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement that “this is no way to treat the people of Arizona.”

“To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous,” she said. “If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation.”

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