Clinton says Feds will sue Arizona over immigration law

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PHOENIX -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Justice Department is planning a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law (SB1070). 

In a June 8 interview with an Ecuadorian television reporter Clinton said:  "President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy...and the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."

Clinton's comments were not well received by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.  When asked about Clinton's comments by the Associated Press Brewer said, "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."

The law takes effect July 29 and requires police to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Opponents say the law is unconstitutional, will lead to racial profiling and that it's the federal government's responsibility to regulate immigration.

Brewer's staff has said the law is constitutional, prohibits racial profiling and is a response to the federal government's failure to confront immigration woes.