The governor of the state of Arizona, Jan Brewer, isn't backing down in the face of a legal fight over the controversial immigration law that she signed into affect last month. The American Civil Liberties Union has already been leading the charge for a court battle, while the Federal Government has yet to show their hand.
Attorney General Eric Holder will be meeting with a delegation of police officers from Arizona as well as a number of other states to discuss their take on the law, but Holder is not saying whether he is planning on filing a lawsuit against the state.
The new immigration law allows law officers to check the residency of anyone who is being investigated for a legal infraction. This has drawn a number of critics, including Holder, as the concern is that it will result in racial profiling.
Brewer, who signed the law into affect last month has defended it, but also cites that a driver's license is not sufficient to provide residency. She also went on in her defense to say that they are not targeting a certain race. Brewer went on to tell CNN
, "It wouldn't matter if you are Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian. If you didn't have proof of citizenship and the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that's the way that it is. That's what the federal law says. And that's what the law in Arizona says."
Brewer is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Thursday to discuss the law. Brewer did say that even if the Federal Government added more troops along the U.S.-Mexico boarder that such action would not warrant her repealing the law. The White House recently announced that they wre going to deploy an additional 1,200 National Guard troops ot the boarder area.
said that the White House had not communicated at all with her about the deployment saying, "I'm sitting here with no good information. It would be very helpful, I might say, if somebody would give me something in writing telling me what they're sending to Arizona, how will it be distributed?"
When asked if a legal challenge from the White House might change her view Brewer
responded, "We'll meet you in court. I have a pretty good record of winning in court."