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Hillary Clinton drops immigration bombshell: Feds will sue Arizona

June 18, 2010 |  7:32 am

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The Obama administration is suing Arizona over its immigration law?

If that’s news to you, it’s because such a lawsuit hasn’t been announced by the Justice Department.

But why should DOJ handle such news when Hillary Clinton could take care of it while talking to a local TV reporter in Ecuador?

Crazy?  Nope.  Sounds like Secretary Clinton didn’t get the right talking points.

"President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks the federal government should be determining immigration policy," Clinton told the reporter (video below).

"The Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," she blabbed.

Guess who's not happy. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

"To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous," she said in a statement. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."

Regardless of how you feel about the issue, there’s no denying that there’s a slight communication issue here.

By the way, the Department of Justice isn’t doing cartwheels over the announcement.  DOJ officials are showing a little more caution.

“The Justice Department continues to review the law,” said a bland spokesman.

By the way, did you note that part where Clinton said the feds should be determining immigration policy? Brewer agrees with that.  Maybe that’s the silver lining to it all.

Greta Van Susteren asked Brewer that question Thursday night.

"Secretary Clinton understands it is their responsibility," Brewer said. "Maybe they’re saying that we don’t have to do their job."

-- Jimmy Orr

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Photo:  Secretary Clinton.  Credit: Associated Press

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