Arizona recently filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that it has not done enough to protect the Grand Canyon State from illegal immigrants, according to the Arizona Republic.
The state thrust itself into the immigration debate last year when it passed a controversial law aimed at cracking down on the illegal immigrants. The federal government had sued Arizona over the law, claiming it was unconstitutional.
Now, Arizona has countersued the US government, hoping to force it to build 700 miles of fencing along the state’s border with Mexico, among other provisions.
“The first and foremost issue we’re facing right now is the security, safety and welfare of our citizens,” Governor Jan Brewer said. “The federal government needs to step up and do their job.”
Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler called Arizona’s lawsuit “a meritless court claim” that “does nothing to secure the border,” reports Fox News.
The controversial Arizona immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, would require law enforcement agents to inquire about suspects’ immigration status if they believe they are in the country illegally. However, Judge Susan Bolton halted the enactment of part of the bill last year. Brewer appealed the injunction but as of yet there has been no ruling.