Mexico sues Arizona over immigration law - in our own courts
Mexico joined the fight against Arizona's controversial immigration law by filing an amicus brief Tuesday with the U.S. District Court asking that SB1070 be declared unconstitutional.
A few hours later, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office issued a response lamenting Mexico’s actions.
“I am very disappointed that the national government of our neighbors and friends to the south has chosen to file a brief in federal court that distorts the truth about Arizona and the United States,” she said in a statement. “Arizona’s immigration enforcement laws are both reasonable and constitutional.”
The Mexican government joins civil liberties groups such as the ACLU, MALDEF and the National Immigration Law Center in the case of Friendly House, et al. vs. Michael B. Whiting, et al., which urges the Southwest state to recognize "the human and civil rights of its citizens when they are present in Arizona," according to the Foreign Ministry.
"Mexico has a duty to protect its citizens and ensure that ethnicity is not used as criteria for discriminatory acts," the brief read.
Last week, Brewer filed a motion to dismiss Friendly House and other similar complaints on the grounds that they "have failed to establish any real and immediate threat of harm." ...