State Legislators for Legal Immigration Files Legal Brief Supporting Arizona Against Obama Lawsuit

Coalition members from 24 states call on U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse injunction protecting illegal alien invaders over Constitutional rights of American citizens  


Pennsylvania State Representative and State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) founder Daryl Metcalfe announced today that this nationwide coalition of state lawmakers has filed an amicus brief with the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against the Obama administration’s legal challenge to Arizona’s newly enacted illegal alien apprehension and deportation law (Senate Bill 1070).


“The Obama administration’s willingness to bow down to tyrannical dictators and support the use of taxpayer dollars to build the Ground Zero mosque are just some of the most recent examples of how this President has abusively wielded the leviathan power of the federal government to blatantly side with hostile foreign regimes in opposition to his sworn Constitutional duty to protect the lives, liberty and property of every American citizen,” said Metcalfe.  “It is beyond unconscionable for the Obama administration to launch a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the state of Arizona for passing a common sense law that is in full accordance with Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution which clearly states that our government: ‘shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican form of government and shall protect each of them against INVASION.’” 


SLLI’s amicus brief was filed on behalf of the state of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer with the assistance of Judicial Watch (   Signed by a total of 51 state lawmakers from 24 state legislatures, the brief urges the court to reverse the preliminary injunction granted on July 28, 2010, and allow all the provisions of Senate Bill 1070 to be enforced immediately.   


According to the brief, giving state and local law enforcement full authority to apprehend illegal aliens for deportation as provided for in Senate Bill 1070 is:


  • Not a violation of the Supremacy Clause or pre-empted by federal law;
  • Entirely consistent with the “dual system” of sovereignty between the states and the federal government;
  • No way an obstacle to the enforcement of federal immigration law as alleged by the Obama administration.

Including Pennsylvania and Arizona, lawmakers from 40 state legislatures, or nearly 80 percent of the nation, have now signed on as members of State Legislators for Legal Immigration.   To view the amicus brief in entirety or for more information, visit  


Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
12th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(724) 772-3110

Contact:  Ty McCauslin

(717) 772-1979

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