Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday approved a $470,322 check for Arizona’s defense of SB 1070.
The expenditure, which covered legal fees from August through November, raises the costs of the
state’s defense of the landmark illegal immigration law to nearly $1.5 million.
The legal fees have all been paid through private contributions to Brewer’s Border Security and Illegal
Immigration Defense Fund. As of Wednesday, the fund had received about $3.7 million, according to the
Since the first legal challenge was filed against SB 1070, more than 251 attorneys have worked on more
than a half dozen lawsuits against the bill, and the federal courts hearing the cases have received more
than 2,000 filings and 56 amicus briefs, according to the Governor’s Office.
On Feb. 10, Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne filed a counterclaim against the federal
government. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state over SB 1070, which it argues is
preempted by federal law.