Rove On Arizona Illegal Immigration Bill: “I Wished They Hadn’t Passed It”
Rove echoes Marco Rubio who made similar remarks earlier today, but Rove is without Rubio’s obvious political hangups on the bill:
Rove, speaking to a crowd of about 500 at the mammoth senior community as part of a national book tour, said that while the law is understandable, it does present difficulties. The law has become the nation’s toughest anti-immigration measure.
“I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill,” he said to the standing-room-only crowd at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center. “I wished they hadn’t passed it, in a way.”
Still, Rove, who was promoting his book Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, objected to comments by critics including President Barack Obama that the law will lead to problems such as racial profiling by police.
“These are modern police forces that respect the rights of people in their communities,” Rove said. “They’re going to do it on the basis of reasonable suspicion that these people are here illegally, like they’re driving a car with a Mexican license plate or they can’t speak English or they don’t have a drivers license.”
However, Rove said there may be other ways to tackle the issue.
“At the end of the day … I think there are better tools,” he said. “But I understand where it’s coming from.”
I really don’t see what all the hubbub is about. Arizona is plagued with criminals (per federal law) roaming in its midst. The federal government is doing next to nothing to solve the problem. So Arizona, being a sovereign state of the union, has done something about it.
There is nothing in Constitution prohibiting the state from identifying and detaining illegal immigrants, and thus per the 10th amendment the matter is to be left to the states. If the federal government is unhappy about Arizona arresting illegal immigrants, perhaps the federal government should fix our borders.Tags: boston, countrywide mortgage, timothy mcveigh