Pennsylvania joins brief in support of Arizona immigration law

Posted: July 15, 2010

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania joined eight other states on Wednesday in a legal brief supporting Arizona's immigration law, just days after the Obama administration sued to block its enforcement.

"We believe the lawsuit filed by the federal government in this case undermines the constitutional authority of all our states," said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, who is also the Republican gubernatorial nominee.

Corbett's move was news to Gov. Rendell, his spokesman said late Wednesday.

"Attorney General Corbett's view is not the sole view of the state," Gary Tuma said. "The position of the administration is that the federal government has the power and should take the lead in developing a 50-state solution to the problem of illegal immigration."

The Obama administration wants courts to block implementation of the Arizona law, which critics say encourages police to engage in ethnic profiling. The law takes effect July 29. The suit contends immigration is a matter of federal policy.

Also joining the brief filed on Wednesday were Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. It was filed by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who like Corbett is a GOP candidate for governor.

In March, Corbett joined officials from 12 other states in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law.


Contact staff writer Amy Worden at 717-783-2584 or aworden@phillynews.com.

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