Two new developments in Arizona may force a halt to the immigration debate.
The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a federal court order to force the state to open an immigration detention facility in Tazewell, Ariz.
The agency has said the facility could house thousands of undocumented immigrants, and the Justice Department’s decision could result in thousands more arriving in the state, though the agency says it has no plans to move ahead.
A lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of a group of immigrant parents and grandparents claims the state is violating federal immigration law by using public resources for a detention center without an immigration judge’s approval.
The lawsuit alleges that the state failed to give adequate notice to the court when it first proposed building the detention center.
The order says the state violated a U.N. treaty by not informing the court about the plans.
The state’s attorney general’s office said in a statement that the court’s decision is premature and that the case is still being reviewed.
“The state has a responsibility to properly inform the courts when it seeks to use public resources to house individuals who are not eligible for immigration benefits,” the statement said.
“The state is in compliance with the U.E.C.T. and U.F.O.A. (United Nations Convention Against Torture) and has not committed any violations.”
In addition to the lawsuit, the Arizona Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation filed a notice of appeal with the state court that says the court order “is inconsistent with the facts of the case and is without merit.”
It said the state “is required to inform the court of any proposed use of public resources.”
The state also filed a separate appeal Tuesday with the United States Supreme Court.
The state argues the case should be dismissed because it has not complied with court orders and has no legal basis for holding detainees in the facility.
The Arizona Supreme Court in February agreed with the appeals court and ordered the U,N.
agency to comply with the court orders.
The order states that the U.,N.
convention is the “law of the land,” and states that it is “in accordance with international law, the Uecker-Wiesner Convention and Uganda Convention on the Status of Refugees.”