Harper Comments On Lawsuit Challenging Arizona

Jul 7, 2010 Issues: Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R–Miss.), a freshman who serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary, expressed disappointment and concern that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona’s new immigration law.

In a brief filed in the District of Arizona’s federal court, the Obama Administration said S.B. 1070 is unconstitutional and interferes with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy. The department continues stating that a combination of state and local policies would “seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement” claiming that Arizona has “crossed a constitutional line” by enacting their own immigration policy.

“It is illegal to be in the United States without proper documentation, plain and simple. Those who are here illegally should have to face consequences,” said Congressman Gregg Harper. “Arizona has taken a reasonable and constitutional approach to end this decades-old problem that has continuously been ignored by the Obama Administration. Illegal immigration is a matter of national security.”

Harper joined Representative Lamar Smith, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and 18 other Republican colleagues in criticizing the move by the Administration.

“Arizona’s law simply applies state penalties to acts already illegal under federal law,” the Republican lawmakers said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. “The new Arizona statute is harmonious with federal immigration law and uses current federal criminal provisions as the basis for state criminal provisions.”

S.B. 1070 is scheduled to take effect on July 29, 2010.

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A conservative man of faith and integrity, Congressman Gregg Harper took the Oath of Office in January 2009 to serve the citizens of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. Prior to being sworn-in, his peers elected him as the freshman on the Republican Steering Committee in the House of Representatives. Gregg is the only Republican freshman appointed by Republican Leader John Boehner to the Committee on House Administration and also sits on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on the Budget, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Joint Committee on the Library. Gregg currently resides in Pearl with his wife of 30 years, Sidney, and their two children, Livingston and Maggie, where the Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist church.