Congressman Poe Continues Support for Arizona
The following came in from Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2):
Next week, a federal judge in Arizona will hear arguments in the federal government’s challenge to the Arizona immigration enforcement law.
In my continued support for Arizona’s right to enforce the law, I have signed onto a legal brief to the court that opposses the government’s challenge and asserts that states have a role in enforcing immigration laws and a duty to protect its citizens when the federal government refuses to do so.
The legal brief, called an amicus brief, states that my colleagues and I are committed to the constituional principles of federalism and to the seperation of powers, both of which are jeopardized by the federal government’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona. I have joined over 80 Members of Congress on this brief.
The Department of Justice argues the law would undermine U.S. foreign policy and violate the U.S. Constitution. I could not disagree more. It is illegal to be in our country without permission, whether that’s in Arizona, Alaska or Texas.
Unlike many in this adminstration, I have read the bill. As a former prosecutor and judge, I strongly disagree with the arguments in this case. The Arizona law mirrors the existing federal law, but goes a step further explicitly prohibiting racial-profiling four separate times and including punishment for the misuse of the law.
The government argues that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government the authority to regulate immigration laws so the Arizona law must be struck down. Arizona acts because Washington doesn’t.
They are well within the law to do so, as Congress has long encouraged states to have a role in immigration enforcement. Both state and federal governments have the authority to enforce immigration laws.
Just like many of you, I was mad over the scolding Mexican President Calderon gave us over our immigration laws when he spoke before Congress earlier this summer. Eight countries that have illegals in the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru, have joined the ACLU in a sepearte lawsuit against the state of Arizona. I believe these countries would be better suited taking care of their own immigration issues before critcizing ours.
The state of Texas has also joined eight other states in filing an amicus brief with the court as well.
I appreciate hearing from many of you on this issue and I will continue to support the state of Arizona in this legal challenge and others.
I look forward to seeing you back in Texas during the August work period. Please be sure to log on to my website, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and check out my latest floor speeches on YouTube.
God and Texas,
Member of Congress