Judicial Watch to RepresentState Senator Pearce in “Legal Battle of Epic Proportions” against Obama Justice Department

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Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Wednesday, July 14, 2010


State Senator Russell Pearce, Author of Arizona’s

SB 1070, Seeks to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit to Defend Arizona Immigration Law

Judicial Watch to RepresentState Senator Pearce in “Legal Battle of Epic Proportions” against Obama Justice Department

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the government watchdog group, announced today that it has filed a “Motion to Intervene” on behalf of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of Arizona’s new illegal immigration law SB 1070, in an Obama Justice Department lawsuit challenging the law which set to take effect on July 29th.  On July 6, the Obama Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer and requested a preliminary injunction preventing the law from being enforced.

According to today’s Judicial Watch’s court filing:

To further the interests of his legislative district and all citizens of Arizona, Senator Pearce authored SB 1070.  On January 13, 2010, Senator Pearce introduced SB 1070 into the Arizona Senate.  Over several months, Senator Pearce worked with his colleagues to enact a statutory scheme that made SB 1070 the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona.  Senator Pearce was the chief sponsor of SB 1070 and voted in favor of its passage.  Senator Pearce’s efforts came to fruition when Governor Brewer signed SB 1070 and HB 2762 into law.”

“As the author and driving force behind the enactment of SB 1070, Senator Pierce has the right to defend it.”

On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law legislation authored by State Sen. Pearce that, among other provisions, makes it a crime to be in the State of Arizona without proper documentation.  State Sen. Pearce crafted the language in the bill consistent with federal law.  However, the Obama Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging the law and requesting a preliminary injunction preventing the law from being enforced.

 State Senator Pearce issued the following statement today on his legal effort to defend SB 1070:

“The purpose of SB 1070 is to protect the citizens of Arizona from the devastating and deadly impact of rampant illegal immigration.  And it is outrageous that the Obama administration would attack Arizona for simply protecting its own citizens, especially when it has failed so miserably to do its constitutional duty and secure the border.  This is a legal battle of epic proportions. As a Senator in a state on the frontlines, I see firsthand the damage being done to our state and our country. What happens here in Arizona will impact every state in the country interested in protecting its citizens by enforcing the rule of law.  We are a nation of laws.  We must have the courage – the fortitude – to enforce, with compassion but without apology, those laws that protect the integrity of our borders and the rights of our lawful citizens.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today on the new push to defend SB 1070:

Our work to defend SB 1070 for Senator Pearce may be the most important piece of litigation that Judicial Watch has undertaken in its 16 year history.  In many ways, this comes down to a fight between those who want to enforce the law and those who do not.  The Obama White House wants to kill this law because it does not want to bear its constitutional responsibility to secure the border and enforce the law.  We are proud to stand with Arizona State Sen. Pearce, Governor Brewer and the citizens of Arizona in support of the rule of law.”

Judicial Watch’s Arizona counsel is Geoffrey Kercsmar of the firm Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC.

To read State Senator Pearce’s “Motion to Intervene” in the Obama administration’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona, please visit www.judicialwatch.org


  1. Alicia Gegner says

    Yippee! Sic ’em.

  2. Cruising the blogs today and it’s circulating that the Supreme Court has not supported cases with pre-emption as the basis. The law is Constitutional, so this was the only possible angle to try. Wasting everyone’s time and money.

    I asserted this before, the reason for all the public hysterics is an attempt by the administration to get the law overturned, not by legal means, but by brute pressure, to make Arizona “regret.”

    That is NO way to govern, by undermining and sabotaging domestic tranquillity.

  3. The Mole says

    One of their fears is that the law will work. Illegals will go to sanctuary states and increase the burden on their welfare systems. That will slow the recovery in those states. Once again the cheap labor crowed is protecting their interest under the guise of fairness.

    Thier messiah says he is trying to prevent a patchwork quilt of laws on illegals. Just another one of his lies. Illegals are votes for him after the next round of McAmnesty.

  4. All O’Bama is looking for is amnesty for illegals to gain Democratic votes. SB1070 is constitutional. Go Arizona.

  5. Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, plus Judicial Watch. That’s a nice line up.

    Could there be better proof that elections matter? No Rino or liberal would have conceived anything approaching this law.

  6. Hats off to Russell!

    And as an act of solidarity, let’s send an ambassador from Arizona to Congress who will ensure that Sen Pearce and his supporters in and out of the legislature, have a faithful voice in D.C.

    “Campaign Rhetoric Mavericks” who possess little more than ehical duplicity need not apply!

  7. Lydia D. says

    These are not only future democrat voters they are after, this is yet one more tactic that Barry Soetoro and Company are using (a la Alinsky) to tear down the very fabric of this country by allowing unrestrained illegal immigration suck the life out of this country. NO thanks to previous admins (Republicans and Democrats) that have kept the tidal wave of illegals streaming across our border for decades.

    We must go back and repeal Kennedy sponsored 1965 immigration Act and lock down this out of control mess.

    In the meantime, it is true Patriots like Russell Pearce who Arizonans owe a great debt to. It’s time we all back him up and tell the tyrants of DC to back off, and don’t mess with Arizona.

  8. James @16 says

    Oh my God where do you people get all of your hate.

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