Congressman Jeff Flake criticizes DOJ decision to sue Arizona

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MESA, Ariz. --Congressman Jeff Flake, a Republican who represents Arizona's District 6, on Tuesday released the following statement criticizing the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration for moving ahead with a lawsuit against Arizona over SB 1070.

“This lawsuit is a grossly misdirected effort. Rather than challenging the Arizona law, the Obama Administration’s time would be much better spent working with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would address the nation’s underlying immigration problems.

“Arizona's new law will likely spawn a patchwork of new immigration laws around the country. This isn't an optimal approach. However, the response cannot be a patchwork of federal challenges - it needs to be comprehensive immigration reform."