Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement that the Justice Department will file a lawsuit challenging Arizona's SB 1070 as unconstitutional and is seeking a preliminary injunction against it before the law is set to take effect at the end of the month, as well as a permanent injunction:
"I applaud the Justice Department's decision to challenge Arizona's immigration law," said Chu. "This misguided policy is not only unconstitutional, it's un-American in the way it separates families and hurts real people. Arizona's law is an excessive -- and obvious -- reaction to the reality that, for far too long, the federal government has neglected its responsibility and authority over immigration policy. That's why Congress must prevent the emergence of other patchwork fixes to our broken system and pass comprehensive immigration reform this year."