A federal judge has dismissed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to enforce immigration laws or maintain control of her state’s border with Mexico.
The dismissal Friday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton comes in a counter-lawsuit filed by Brewer as part of the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
Brewer, a Republican, was seeking a court order that would require the federal government to take extra steps, such as more border fencing, to protect Arizona until the border is controlled.
Justice Department lawyers asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit and argued that federal court isn’t the right place to consider the political questions raised by Brewer.