This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," July 10, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
PAUL GIGOT, FOX HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," suing Arizona. Are the administration's immigration tactics ruining any real chance for reform?
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Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.
The Justice Department filed suit this week against the state of Arizona over its new immigration law, requiring local police to enforce federal immigration statutes. But despite repeated claims by the president and other administration officials that the law could lead to racial profiling, the feds aren't suing Arizona on equal protection grounds. So what's the suit all about?
Joining the panel this week, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan Henninger; editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz; and columnist Bill McGurn.
Bill, like you, me, you're a long time supporter of immigration reform.
BILL MCGURN, COLUMNIST: Right.
GIGOT: Does this lawsuit get the president any closer to that end?
MCGURN:Of course not. It's like giving a speech in July. You're not going to get the legislation there.
GIGOT: Before the end of the year.
MCGURN:Before the end of the year. It's not about this. This is just going to create bad feelings. But then again, the Arizona law, I think, was not meant to fix immigration in Arizona. I think it was meant to flush out people that were opposed to enforcement and to poke the federal government.
GIGOT: So it was really symbolic in its own right?
MCGURN:Yes. It was designed to go to the Supreme Court. It's designed to make an issue of this and to show the government has made a big hash of our policy. Where it goes from there, I don't know. But I think they've succeeded in that part.
GIGOT: We have a clip of some statements by administration officials about the law before the suit was filed. Here, let's watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS FROM ABC'S "THIS WEEK")
JANET NAPOLITANO, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: Unfortunately, I think it does and can invite racial profiling. I think it's bad for law enforcement.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is happening is you do have laws that come up that end up creating the kinds of injuries that are being talked about, where there is racial profiling, and real potential.
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES: It's certainly one of the concerns that I have that you will end up in a situation where people are racially profiled.