After federal government officials announced a Department of Justice lawsuit against Arizona’s illegal immigration laws set to go into effect July 29, there were immediate questions about why the feds didn’t include the potential for racial profiling in the case.
Attorney General Eric Holder had an answer on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, saying the administration simply used its strongest initial argument by alleging that Arizona has overstepped its boundaries in creating a law that usurps federal law to regulate immigration, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
“It doesn’t mean that … six months from now, a year from now, we might not look at the impact the law has had and whether there has been that racial profiling impact,” Holder said. “And if that was the case we would have the tools and we would bring suit on that basis.”
“Why would they have to hesitate, after all the comments they made, and all the outrage that they made against the bill in regards to racial profiling, that it didn’t show up?” Brewer is quoted as saying.
Brewer said told AP she is confident that the state law can be enforced without racial profiling.
As it is, the lawsuit says Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration laws conflict with federal law, would disrupt immigration enforcement and would lead to police harassment of those who cannot prove their lawful status.