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Secretary Clinton’s comment that the DOJ will file suit challenging Arizona’s immigration law angers Governor Brewer, but is it true?

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) was “stunned and angered” to learn during an Ecuadorian television interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the Obama administration has decided to file suit against the state challenging the legality of Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law (S.B. 1070). In the June 8 interview that began circulating Thursday in the US, Clinton said: “President Obama has spoken out against the [Arizona’s] 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.” However, in a comment to CCH, Department of Justice spokesperson Tracy Schmaler declined to confirm whether or not the federal agency was in fact filing suit, stating that: “The Department continues to review the law, and anything else is premature.” The DOJ has been reviewing the law and President Obama has met with the governor about the law.

“This is no way to treat the people of Arizona,” said Governor Brewer. “To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorian interview with the Secretary of State is just outrageous. 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, which has already been amended (H.B. 2162), takes effect July 29, 2010, unless stopped through a legal challenge.