Feds to Sue Arizona Over Immigration Law – UPDATE

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As the Obama Administration continues to push Congress on comprehensive immigration reform, the Department of Justice is expected to file a lawsuit today against Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. The border state’s new law, scheduled to go into effect later this month, allows local law enforcement to question a person’s immigration status if there is reason to suspect they may be in the country illegally.

The Justice lawsuit, according to the Washington Post and AP, will argue that Arizona’s law preempts federal authority.

Hillary Clinton, in a June interview with a TV station in Ecuador, blurted out the Administration’s intention to sue over the law, but that plan was not confirmed by Justice Department officials until now.

UPDATE: The lawsuit has been filed – read it here. And Republican Arizona senators John McCain and Jon Kyl have responded less than favorably as expected. (h/t Greg Sargent)