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Bill McCollum critical of Obama lawsuit against Arizona immigration law

Florida's Attorney General Bill McCollum asserts that by challenging Arizona's new immigration law, President Obama "wrongly chose to subvert the will of the people."

“Instead of challenging the Arizona law, the Obama Administration’s time would be better spent by providing more resources and securing our Southern border," McCollum said in a statement. "If the federal government were to do more to enforce existing immigration laws, states like Arizona and Florida would not have to compensate for its shortcomings."

In late May, Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. As a candidate for governor, McCollum initially sent mixed signals on the controversial Arizona law but now says he supports the crackdown -- a position his GOP rival, Rick Scott, has gained on.

Rep. Kendrick Meek, running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, said he supports the lawsuit. "As a former trooper in the Florida Highway Patrol, I know laws like these will also hamper law enforcement efforts and make it harder to find people who will speak out as witnesses to crimes. This law is impractical and will not make any of our communities or any of our families safer."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:46am]

    

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