Representative Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has introduced legislation to protect state and local governments from federal lawsuits filed against local immigration laws. He says the federal government's failure to enforce immigration laws has led state and local governments to enact their own laws in order to address the problem of illegal immigration. But he says the high cost of defending against a federal lawsuit might discourage local action. The Respect for Local Laws Act will require the federal government to pay for any legal costs incurred by state or local governments if a court upholds a federal challenge to a local immigration law.
According to Moran the State of Arizona should be applauded for trying to enforce our immigration laws, not sued. If the Obama Administration is not going to enforce the nation's immigration laws, Moran says they should not stand in the way of state and local efforts to do so.
Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., is introducing companion legislation in the Senate.