This afternoon, I introduced an amendment to the Continuing Resolution that would prevent federal funds from being used by the Department of Justice to sue the State of Arizona for implementing its own immigration enforcement laws. At a time when our federal deficit is over $14 trillion dollars, it makes no sense for the United States government to spend money to sue one of its states for taking matters into their own hands to protect its citizens. The federal government does not enforce our nations existing immigration laws and the states have the duty to protect their citizens. Amendment # 199 was ruled out of order by the Parliamentarians in Congress for technicalities. I disagree with this ruling and will continue to fight for the rights of the southern Border States to protect their people just as the federal government should be protecting the people of this nation.