California Supports Challenge to Arizona Alien Law

California Attorney General Kamala Harris
California AG Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has weighed in on Arizona’s tough illegal immigration law and she doesn’t like it.  The AG filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court saying that the law demanding proof of legal status for anyone in police custody would disrupt federal immigration policy.

Harris asked the high court to overturn the law saying it would push immigrants into other states.

She joins 10 other state attorneys general, who argue the harsh law would interfere with the federal government’s ability to make uniform immigration law for the country.

The Arizona law has been blocked by the courts since it was passed two years ago.

“Although Arizona claims that the law merely assists the federal government in the enforcement of federal law, the Arizona law in fact implements a distinct state policy on removal that supplants federally mandated enforcement priorities and disregards the federal requirement that state assistance in this area proceed under federal oversight,” the brief states.

The states joining in opposition to the law include: New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The Supreme Court is scheduled a hearing in the case for April 25.

Case:  Arizona v. U.S,  No. 11-182

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