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McCollum joins lawsuit to support AZ immigration law



Attorney General Bill McCollum has joined with Michigan and seven other states in opposing the federal government's legal challenge to the Arizona immigration law. In a brief filed in the case, the states argue they have the right to enforce federal laws and that the Arizona law does not interfere with federal enforcement of immigration policy.

“It deals with state sovereignty,” McCollum said, arguing Arizona is stepping in because the federal government has not adequately enforced the border. “It’s a question of where is the line drawn between the state and the federal government’s powers.”

Like McCollum, Michigan's attorney general is locked in a Republican primary for governor. The other seven state attorneys general are all Republican.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:47am]


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