If any sentence in today’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration laws could sum up where we are a on thie issue it’s this one from Justice Kennedy’s opinion: “Arizona may have under standable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”
This is an acknowledgement by the court that the federal government’s lax enforcement of immigration law is a problem, but a recognition that Arizona cannot simply take matters into their own hand.
Keep that in mind as you read this article about the Obama administration reacting to the ruling by halting some cooperation on illegal immigration enforcement with Arizona officials:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
The impetus for Arizona’s illegal immigration law is the federal government’s unwillingness to protect the state from the illegal immigration problem. The Obama administration is seeking to compound that problem by ordering federal officials be even less cooperative with the state on enforcement.
That’s good election year politics for the President, maybe, as it will placate his leftist base, but it’s a troubling decision from a leader whose job is, by definition, executing the law.
The federal government’s laws on illegal immigration are clear. It’s a troubling development for the rule of law to have a leader who will only enforce it selectively, hinging on which is most politically convenient.
Wherever you may stand on this issue, President Obama needs to be removed for the sake of the rule of law if nothing else.