July 6, 2010
Obama's Screwed Up Priorities
Unemployment is at a whopping 9.6%, the oil spill in the gulf continues unabated, and Iran merrily continues to build an atomic bomb. And what our our president's priorities?
Rather than enforce our immigration laws, Obama is suing those who do:
Justice Dept. expected to sue Ariz. on immigration, citing 'preemption' grounds
By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 6, 2010; A02
The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on the grounds that the state's new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, law enforcement sources said Monday.
The lawsuit, which three sources said could be filed as early as Tuesday, will invoke for its main argument the legal doctrine of "preemption," which is based on the Constitution's supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. Justice Department officials believe that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility, the sources said.
A federal lawsuit will dramatically escalate the legal and political battle over the Arizona law, which gives police the power to question anyone if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that the person is an illegal immigrant. The measure has drawn words of condemnation from President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and opposition from civil rights groups. It also has prompted at least five other lawsuits.
The truth is that Obama and those who oppose Arizona's S.B. 1070 are in favor of illegal immigration and just don't want to admit it.
This is easily proven by asking anyone who is against S.B. 1070 on "civil rights" grounds to write a law themselves which achieve the same thing while preserving the civil liberties they so claim to cherish.
Of course, they never do.
This next one is just bizarre:
NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World
July 05, 2010
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
Charles Krauthammer says it's "a new height in fatuousness" and I couldn't agree more.
Posted by Tom at July 6, 2010 10:00 PM
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I'm sorry. You are wrong. The Doctrine of Preemption, which results from the Supremacy Clause must and will prevail. We cannot have AZ have one law; TX another; and NY a third. Immigration is not like marriage. It is not a matter of states' rights.
"The truth is that Obama and those who oppose Arizona's S.B. 1070 are in favor of illegal immigration and just don't want to admit it."
I would not matter who was president. The AZ law would need to be and would be challenged. Otherwise, we have an anarchy, a result I know you do not favor.
Posted by: The Loop Garoo Kid at July 7, 2010 9:36 PM
You have it wrong. Arizona is not setting a different standard for who can be an immigrant. They are not changing federal law.
They are merely saying they can enforce it.
Kidnapping is a federal crime too. All kidnappings are the province of the FBI. If Arizona loses, this, local police forces will no longer be able to act in kidnap cases.
In fact, local police will lose the ability to act in ANYTHING that has a federal mandate.
If your house is burglarized, you may well hear, "I'm sorry, but the suspect crossed state lines, it's Federal now and there's nothing we can do. Call the FBI."
Posted by: swami at July 8, 2010 4:30 PM
TLGK - Whether the Arizona law is constitutional or not isn't really the issue. It is a cry for help.
The Federal government should be enforcing immigration law and isn't. States like Arizona are overwhelmed with illegals and are tired of begging the Feds to something.
If you don't like the Arizona law then help us get the Feds enforce our border laws, and figure out another way to get the illegals out of the country.
But if the Feds are so concerned with illegal laws and acts, why don't they go after "sanctuary cities?" That's a blatant violation. Again, their priorities are screwed up.
Posted by: Tom the Redhunter at July 8, 2010 8:59 PM
Everything is a priority. Iraq. Afganhistan. Illegal immigration. Unemployment. The deficit.
There's the paradox. Nothing we can do unless we can pay for it but we can't pay for it unless we go deeper into debt.
Posted by: Truth 101 at July 9, 2010 2:35 PM
Can the BHO administration be successful in this law suit against Arizona? I think not. Of course, the ruling all hinges on the judges who issue the ruling upon the matter.
Those of us who personally know Americans living near our southern border are furious about this law suit, BTW.
And if we don't curb illegal immigration, the same problems will eventually come to neighborhoods all over the United States.
Posted by: Always On Watch at July 11, 2010 10:21 AM
snake hunter sez:
It boils down to perspective; if you're a liberal-progressive, you will insist that the U.S. Government has supreme authority to control the border...and illegal immigration.
If you are the governor of a border state, and you urgently appeal to the Feds, and they are hamstrung by the president, and he fails to act, the Governor has both the legal, and moral responsibility to protect the lives & property of its citizens.
Seventy percent of U.S. citizens are with the Governor of Arizona; now the U.S. Supreme Court must decide it - Partisan Politics Be Damned!
Posted by: Ralph E at July 11, 2010 4:03 PM