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Feds seek dismissal of Brewer’s immigration suit

The U.S. Justice Department has asked a judge to dismiss Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to secure the border and enforce immigration laws.

Brewer filed the action as a counter-lawsuit to the Justice Department’s attempt to invalidate Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.

The Justice Department tells U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in filings that Brewer’s counter-lawsuit raises questions of a political nature and that Bolton’s court wasn’t the right place to air Brewer’s grievances.

Brewer’s counter-lawsuit claims the federal government has failed to protect Arizona from an “invasion” of illegal immigrants. It seeks increased reimbursements and extra safeguards, such as additional border fences.

Bolton has put the most controversial parts of the immigration enforcement law on hold.

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