Following an American military adage to “ride to the sound of the guns, ” the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national, public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it plans to file a brief in support of Arizona’s immigration law.
The Law Center’s announcement came just hours after Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton–appointee, blocked the most important provisions of the law from taking effect. Mexico and the ACLU intervened in the case in support of the federal government’s position. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vowed a swift appeal to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “This is a matter of America’s sovereignty and security, and every patriotic American must get involved. If we can’t defend our borders from attack by illegal immigrants, in time we will lose our country. What confidence should we have in an Attorney General who, without even reading the law, accused Arizona of racial profiling? Patriotic American must show they stand with Arizona in this matter.”
Continued Thompson, “Arizona has the right to protect the safety of its citizens and prevent the massive economic damage being done to its institutions by illegal immigrants who have no right to be in our country in the first place. It’s clear that the federal government is shirking its responsibilities to enforce the law for political reasons. So the legal issue becomes whether Arizona can step in and do the job with state laws consistent with federal law, or whether federal law has totally preempted the ability of Arizona to act.”