Letter from Lt. Governor and Republican Candidate for Governor, Ron Ramsey; July 23, 2010:
Dear General Cooper:
As you are aware, on July 6, 2010, the United States Department of Justice filed suit in the United States District Court, District of Arizona, to enjoin enforcement of Arizona S.B. 1070 (Laws 2010, Chapter 113), as amended by H.B. 2162, and to challenge the constitutionality of that law. It appears to be the Department’s position that the power to regulate immigration is vested exclusively in the federal government and that the State of Arizona possesses minimal, if any, authority to adopt or enforce state policies or programs designed to combat the problem of illegal immigration within its own borders. If the federal government will not or cannot stem the tide of illegal immigration in Arizona, then the citizens and taxpayers of Arizona are helpless to protect themselves.
Although this litigation relates specifically to legislation enacted by the State of Arizona, its outcome will likely impact the safety and economic wellbeing of all the other states, including Tennessee. Acknowledging that reality, on July 14, 2010, an amicus curiae brief supporting the constitutionality of the Arizona law was filed by the attorneys general of Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virgina. On July 21, 2010, at least eighty-one members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives jointly filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the Arizona law.
In overwhelming numbers, Tennesseans are gravely concerned. I urge you, as the citizens’ attorney to file your own amicus curiae brief (or, if possible, to join with the nine states that have jointly filed) to ensure Tennessee’s voice will be heard loud and clear by the federal courts on these critically important issues. Please do your utmost to ensure that Tennessee retains its sovereign right to combat the problem of illegal immigration within its own borders.