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Thursday, 15 July 2010

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DETROIT, Michigan -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said in legal documents released Wednesday that states have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders.

One of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, Cox said Michigan leads nine states that include Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia - and the Northern Mariana Islands - in supporting Arizona's tough new immigration laws.

Nebraska has been especially hard hit by illegal immigration, bordered as it is by the likes of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota.

South Dakota isn't much better off, he said, sharing borders with Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, states where many of the most flagrant border crossings occur.

In fact, that so many of those same states keep showing up on both lists indicates the pervasiveness of the problem, said Cox.

So does the inclusion of the Northern Mariana Islands, a nepotistic commonwealth way over on the other side of the ocean by Asia or Australia somewhere, that's apparently chock full of shifty illegals just waiting for a chance to steal legitimate "American" jobs so they can work twenty hour shifts for pennies a day in the garment industry.

The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, directs police officers to question people about their immigration status if they look like they might be in the U.S. looking for opportunities that don't exist in their own countries. In states like Wyoming where the population is 110% white, even people with a decent tan could potentially face scrutiny under the new law.

This isn't the first time Cox has clashed with the Obama administration. Earlier this year, Cox helped squander scarce resources in a time of severe budget shortfalls, diverting funds away from vital legal interests to pursue a lawsuit driven by political differences, and joining fourteen other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to challenge the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution - all in an effort to overturn federal health care reform signed into law by the president.

Arizona's non-Native American Gov. Jan Brewer, in a statement released by Cox's office, said she is thankful for his continued support.

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