One of Nebraska’s U.S. Senators is trying to get a bill passed that would hold the federal government more accountable when suing, or threatening to sue, communities and/or states over immigration laws.
Senator Mike Johanns says he wants to level the playing field by requiring the federal government to cover the cost of litigation if it sues a community or state and the local immigration law is upheld. He says it sends a message to the Justice Department that if they want to take these communities to court, they must make sure their reasons are pure and based on law.
Johanns says he introduced the bill because such lawsuits are unfair to state and local governments because the federal government has virtually limitless resources. The bill is in response to the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new immigration law. Johanns says he doesn’t want the courtroom to be used as a national stage to scare others from considering similar laws.