Kyl: Federal Effort to Stop Illegals Isn't Working

Sunday, 11 Jul 2010 10:39 AM

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Arizona’s immigration law in no way complicates federal efforts to curb immigration, Sen. Jon Kyl said Sunday, and actually complements Washington’s inadequate effort.

The basis for the Obama administration’s lawsuit is simply “wrong,” the Arizona Republican told “Fox News Sunday.”

The Justice Department, in its lawsuit filed Tuesday, claimed the Arizona law stepped on the toes of federal enforcement responsibilities and urged a U.S. District Court judge to prevent the law from taking effect at the end of July.

"It would be one thing if the federal government had controlled the border already, but it hasn't," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's not really a matter of preempting the federal law. It's simply the state of Arizona providing some additional law enforcement assistance for the federal government."

But White House senior adviser David Axelrod defended the administration's stance, saying the administration has "greatly increased" border security and that the Arizona law is only disrupting federal efforts.

"We can't have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy," he told "Fox News Sunday."

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