Facing Federal lawsuit, Arizona governor stands her ground on immigration law.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer refused to flinch after Obama administration…

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer refused to flinch after Obama administration officials confirmed Friday that they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the state’s anti-illegal immigration law.

In a statement issued late Friday, Brewer called Obama’s decision “outrageous” but “not surprising.”

“Our federal government should be using its legal resources to fight illegal immigration, not the law-abiding citizens of Arizona,” she said.

Meanwhile, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said his office plans to withdraw as the state’s lawyers in legal challenges to the law, leaving Brewer’s attorneys to defend it. Brewer had complained that Goddard’s criticism of the measure raised doubts about his ability to defend it.

Brewer said with Goddard out, “I will ensure the immigration laws we passed are vigorously defended all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary, where this reasonable law will ultimately be found constitutional.”

The law takes effect July 29 and requires officers to question a person’s immigration status if there’s a reasonable suspicion that he or she is in the country illegally.

At least five legal challenges have been filed to the law since April.

The lawsuits generally allege that Arizona’s law will lead to racial profiling and argue that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to regulate immigration.

On Friday evening, Brewer’s defense team asked a federal judge to throw out the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that challenge the law’s constitutionality.

Source: Fox News

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