On February 10, 2011, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne filed a counterclaim [PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Arizona against the US government in an ongoing lawsuit challenging a controversial Arizona immigration law. The counterclaim included five counts against the federal government, including alleged violations of both the Secure Fence Act of 2006 for losing control of the border with Mexico and Article IV of the US Constitution for failing to protect Arizona from an "invasion" of illegal immigrants. The validity of Arizona's immigration law is currently awaiting consideration from the US Supreme Court. The Court granted certiorari in December 2011 and the case is scheduled for review by April 2012.
Learn more about Arizona and immigration from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on state immigration laws from JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Romero in Forum.