A new federal lawsuit will be the most significant test yet for Arizona’s new immigration law, but its effects are likely to go beyond simply determining the law’s constitutionality, says the Arizona Republic. The high-profile battle over illegal immigration could sway voters, helping determine whether Democrats retain or lose their majority in Congress. It could be a boon for Arizona Republicans who have supported the law. Some vulnerable Democrats urged the Obama administration not to file the suit.
The outcome of the case also could fuel or shut down efforts now under way to replicate the law in more than a dozen other states.il 23. Supporters say they will successfully defend the suit and that it will hold up like other immigration-related laws that have faced court challenges the past few years. The federal case argues that the Arizona law will “undermine the federal government’s careful balance of immigration-enforcement priorities and objectives” and divert resources from the “dangerous aliens who the federal government targets as its top enforcement priority.” The suit seeks an injunction to keep the law from taking effect July 29.