Arizona is in trouble


Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona

A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities. John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the comment during a meeting on Wednesday with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, the newspaper reports. “I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton told the newspaper. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, he said, and not a patchwork of state laws. The law, which criminalizes being in the state illegally and requires authorities to check suspects for immigration status, is not “good government,” Morton said. Immigrant rights’ supporters around the country took to the streets on May 1 to protest Arizona’s new immigration law which seeks to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. Take a look at the massive protests. In response to Morton’s comments, DHS officials said President Obama has ordered the Department of Justice to examine the civil rights and other implications of the law. “That review will inform the government’s actions going forward,” DHS spokesman Matt Chandler told Fox News on Friday. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said ICE is not obligated to process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities. “ICE has the legal discretion to accept or not to accept persons delivered to it by non-federal personnel,” Napolitano said. “It also has the discretion to deport or not to deport persons delivered to it by any government agents, even its own.” Morton, according to a biography posted on ICE’s website, began his federal service in 1994 and has held numerous positions at the Department of Justice, including as a trial attorney and special assistant to the general counsel in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and as counsel to the deputy attorney general. Border apprehensions in Arizona, where roughly 500,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to be living, are up 6 percent since October, according to federal statistics. Roughly 6.5 million residents live in Arizona. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, said it appeared the Obama administration is “nullifying existing law” and suggested Morton may not be the right person for his post if he fails to enforce federal immigration law. “If he feels he cannot enforce the law, he shouldn’t have the job,” Sessions told Fox News. “That makes him, in my view, not fulfilling the responsibilities of his office.” Sessions said the U.S. government has “systematically failed” to enforce federal immigration law and claimed Morton’s statement is an indication that federal officials do not plan on working with Arizona authorities regarding its controversial law. “They’re telegraphing to every ICE agency in America that they really don’t intend on cooperating with Arizona,” Sessions said. “The federal government should step up and do it. It’s their responsibility.” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, said it appeared the Obama administration is “nullifying existing law” and suggested Morton may not be the right person for his post if he fails to enforce federal immigration law. “If he feels he cannot enforce the law, he shouldn’t have the job,” Sessions told Fox News. “That makes him, in my view, not fulfilling the responsibilities of his office.” Sessions said the U.S. government has “systematically failed” to enforce federal immigration law and claimed Morton’s statement is an indication that federal officials do not plan on working with Arizona authorities regarding its controversial law. “They’re telegraphing to every ICE agency in America that they really don’t intend on cooperating with Arizona,” Sessions said. “The federal government should step up and do it. It’s their responsibility.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/21/official-says-feds-process-illegals-referred-arizona/

TMB-  Ok so let me see if I can get this strait…  The federal government does not want to enforce it’s own laws, so Arizona is forced to deal with it itself.  Because they share a 350+ mile border with Mexico they are the front line and the hardest hit by this lack of enforcement.  Arizona is trying to work within the confines of the law to handle the problem themselves.  Self sufficiency is part of the American spirit after all.  Now the federal government is saying that not only are they not going to enforce their own laws, but they will not support anyone else enforcing the law either.  The federal government is going to work as an obsticle to enforcing a federal law.  Truly dizzying…  Furthermore they are going to single out Arizona and not process complaints brought by Arizona.  Can the Federal government select what laws apply in which state?  If so, how long until Red states are treated different than blue states?  Is this statism?  Is the Federal government discriminating against Arizonans?  Is the ACLU going to defend Arizona in a discrimination suit?  Each state deserves equal protection under the law.  Let’s look at it another way.  Let’s say that there were a large number of counterfiters in Arizona, but the Feds were not sending extra officers to enforce this Federal law.  Should the Arizona police be able to hold and report people they suspect of creating currency?  Should they be allowed to ask questions on the authenticity of currency if it had a picture of a smiling Obama on a 2 1/2 dollar bill?  If the government then said not only can you not enforce the law, but we will not persicuit any counterfitters you bring to us.  The effect would be that every counterfitter in the world would flock to Arizona along with every ambulance chasing defense lawyer.  The Obama administration is attempting to break the back of Arizona by flooding them with more immigrants, and ACLU lawyers.  Arizona will be litigated until they scream uncle.  Obama is effectively throwing Arizona, a US State which he swore to protect and defend, under the bus.  I highly question the legality of this action.

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One Response to Arizona is in trouble

  1. Sweetiebv says:

    I completely agree that the federal government should enforce it’s laws and definitely back those that the states try to enforce them as well. I am playing devil’s advocate for heck, but here is some info on profiling.

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-justice-and-responsibility-league/200909/racial-profiling-and-misunderstanding-probability

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