Working to ensure states have the right to enact laws to combat illegal immigration, U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) joined several of his colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate yesterday filing a court brief in support of Arizona's new immigration law.
"Illegal immigration is one of the greatest challenges currently facing our nation," Whitfield said. "When the federal government fails to enact and enforce policies which will help stop illegal immigrants from entering the country, states must have the ability to find their own solutions. It is time for the federal government to step up to the plate and start cracking down on illegal immigration by enforcing our own national policies and moving forward with reform."
Whitfield, along with over 75 other Members of the House and five U.S. Senators, filed a court brief in opposition to the Obama Administration's legal challenge of Arizona's new immigration law. The brief serves as a formal record of the Members' opposition to the lawsuit and will become part of the official case record. The brief cites numerous constitutional and legal problems with the Administrations challenge to the Arizona law and expresses their support for the states right to enforce its new policy.
In April, Arizona passed a law which would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and requires law enforcement officials to question anyone they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. The law is set to take effect July 29, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona to block its implementation.
Whitfield has been a staunch supporter of immigration reform and has expressed support for Arizona's right to pass its own laws in order to deal with their immigration crisis. The Congressman has said it is essential the U.S. not only enforce its current immigration laws, but update them to address the ever-changing threats to the nation's borders, security and economy. The Congressman is a cosponsor of the SAVE Act, which is a common sense plan to drastically curb illegal immigration in America by emphasizing border security, employer verification and interior enforcement.