Immigration & SB 1070
Tucson joins officer suing state over immigration law
Brewer: We'll see you in court
Tucson has joined a civil lawsuit by a police officer that challenges Arizona's new immigration law.
Originally named as a defendant in a suit filed in April by Tucson Police Officer Martin Escobar, the city has decided to join him in suing the state.
In a cross-claim, the city says the new law conflicts with the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and also with the federal Immigration and Naturalization Act.
On Tuesday, Gov. Jan Brewer defended the immigration law , saying "we'll see you in court" when asked about possible legal challenges.
Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with various Arizona officials and members of law enforcement about the law, indicating perhaps that the federal government also is preparing to take legal action.
Brewer is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Thursday to discuss the law that some critics have said will lead to racial profiling. She told CNN that's not true.
"It wouldn't matter if you are Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian," she said. "If you didn't have proof of citizenship and the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that's the way that it is. That's what the federal law says. And that's what the law in Arizona says."
The new immigration law, implemented last month, allows police officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident.