Secretary Clinton says DOJ will Challenge Arizona Immigration Law

ABC News’ Jason Ryan reports:

Recent comments from a June 8th interview that Secretary of state Hillary Clinton gave to a TV station in Ecuador are getting fresh attention in the debate of over Arizona’s controversial immigration law. In the interview Clinton noted that that the Justice Department will be challenging the Controversial immigration law in court but the Department says they are still reviewing the law.

According to a transcript Clinton told the interviewer on station NTN 24 “President Obama has spoken out against the 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.”

The interview and comments were noticed and highlighted by the blog

Video of the incident can be linked to here .

Asked about the little noticed interview DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller said, “The Department continues to review the law."

Asked about the issue on April 27 Attorney General Eric Holder called the Arizona law an “unfortunate one.” The Justice Department is reviewing the law to see if it is constitutional.

“I think that law is an unfortunate one,” Holder said “think that it is, I fear, subject to potential abuse. I’m very concerned about the wedge that it could draw between communities that law enforcement is supposed to serve and those of us in law enforcement.”

Holder also said in April, “We are considering all possibilities, including the possibility of a court challenge.”

The Arizona law is set to take effect on July 27th. If the Justice Department were to file a court challenge one would have to be filed before that date. In a statement today the ACLU urged action noting, “Every day the administration delays in taking action against this extreme measure is a day closer to its scheduled implementation and one more day that the administration has failed to act on its condemnation of this law."

- Jason Ryan

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