Like the previews of a summer B-movie, the much-anticipated federal lawsuit against Arizona is finally out in the political theaters around the country.
The Obama Administration filed the lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law on the grounds that it preempts federal authority. The court action seeks to enjoin the law from taking effect later this month and to have a federal judge overturn it.
Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” or SB 1070, requires local law enforcement whenever practicable to determine the immigration status during any lawful stop where there is “reasonable suspicion” that an individual is in the U.S. illegally. This legislation is a good step forward in protecting the state of Arizona as well as other states which are struggling with the effects of illegal immigration.
Gov. Jan Brewer worked for weeks with the Arizona Legislature to amend SB 1070, to strengthen its civil rights protections and its requirement that it be implemented in a manner consistent with federal law in regulating immigration. It will protect the civil rights of all people, while respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens.
Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien-registration document is adopted verbatim from that found in federal statute.
Republicans and some Democrats understand that the lawsuit is yet another example of the Obama Administration’s willful disregard for what Americans truly want. While I know it’s an election year, nearly every Democrat in the Grand Canyon State has urged the President and attorney general not to move forward with a lawsuit. That includes our perennial Democrat candidate for governor, Terry Goddard, who has publically said he would vigorously defend Arizona against any court action even though agreeing with Eric Holder that the law is unconstitutional. And yet they still push forward. If the federal government only had this much tenacity when it comes to securing the border, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Since President Obama took office we’ve seen nothing more than a complete disregard for state’s rights. It’s ironic that they have accused Arizona of preempting federal authority when they have seemingly trampled on the 10th Amendment from day one. Quite simply, Gov. Brewer courageously stepped up and did what the federal government has refused to do. The decision to take Arizona to court instead of fixing the problem tells us all we need to know about Obama and his agenda.
The crisis caused by illegal immigration in Arizona’s by a porous border is plainly obvious. For those who live along the border, and for those who have taken the time to visit understand the truth, the crisis is obvious: Our Southern border has been under attack for years and is now in the control of the Mexican drug cartels.
Ending border-related violence and crimes due to illegal immigration is critically important to the people of our state. We in Arizona have waited for Washington to act. But decades of federal inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unstable situation on the border. We can no longer wait while an inept President condones the destruction along our Southern border.
Cartoon courtesy of Brett Noel