White House v. Arizona

In wake of immigration case, Obama administration lashes out

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While the Supreme Court majority said Arizona went too far in cracking down on illegal immigration, we agree with dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia – who made a reasoned but impassioned case to the contrary.

History and legal precedents support a state’s right to protect its sovereignty, Scalia argues. Nor is Arizona attempting to do anything that contradicts federal law.

“Arizona,” he wrote, “has moved to protect its sovereignty – not in contradiction of federal law, but in complete compliance with it. The laws under challenge here do not extend or revise federal immigration restrictions, but merely enforce those restrictions more effectively. If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign state.”

Absolutely.

But we are sadder still that the Obama administration has chosen to retaliate against Arizona – for the state’s prevailing on the issue of whether local law enforcement can check detainees’ immigration status.

And in a lawsuit that the federal government itself brought!

The Obama administration has retaliated in two petty and harmful ways, both of which only serve to lessen border security and immigration enforcement.

First, the administration has unilaterally canceled an agreement with seven Arizona law enforcement agencies that allowed them to check on immigration status. The cancellation of the “287(g))” agreements is aimed specifically at Arizona – which makes it a clear case of retaliation.

The move also seeks to negate the Supreme Court ruling and make it harder for Arizona to enforce the portion of its law that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld.

It doesn’t get much more blatant than that.

But this comes close:

The administration also moved to set up a hotline for people to report alleged violations of civil rights under the Arizona law. In effect, the administration is, again, retaliating against Arizona for prevailing in that portion of the lawsuit, by in essence baiting people into suing the state for the slightest misstep.

The administration is transparently trying to intimidate the state of Arizona into not enforcing the portion of the law the Supreme Court upheld. It’s a tactic worthy of the mafia.

And consider this picture: Instead of checking on illegal immigrants, the Obama Justice Department is more worried about checking up on Arizona law enforcement officers.

What an insult to the professionalism of law enforcement. And what a slap in the face to Arizona law officers in particular, who, with their border states brethren, bear the brunt of the illegal immigration onslaught the federal government has allowed to go on.

The administration’s actions also are a stab in the back to all the ranchers and other landowners along the border who are desperate for the government’s protection – and whose land is violated and, at times, their safety and lives as well.

We can’t think of another action by another administration that is more blatantly anti-law enforcement or anti-American.

Not even a Supreme Court ruling can stop this administration’s war on the sovereign state of Arizona.

It may be up to the people of the United States to stop it in November.

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fedex227
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fedex227 06/27/12 - 07:09 am
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ACES uses selective quotes once again.

The Augusta Chronicle once again continues to promote it’s own agenda while conveniently leaving out the continued remarks made by Justice Scalia … “After this case was argued and while it was under consideration, the secretary of Homeland Security announced a program exempting from immigration enforcement some 1.4 million illegal immigrants. The husbanding of scarce enforcement resources can hardly be the justification for this, since those resources will be eaten up by the considerable administrative cost of conducting the nonenforcement program, which will require as many as 1.4 million background checks and biennial rulings on requests for dispensation.”
“To say, as the court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of federal immigration law that the president declines to enforce boggles the mind,” he added.

Since when is it the job of the Supreme Court to weigh the financial cost of a Presidential directive to allocate resources and prioritize the actions of the agencies under its control. Let alone present an opinion that condemns the actions of the President on matters not presented before the court. Talk about legislating from the bench (Scalia – ‘oh and by the way as part of my decision I’d just like to slam the President of the United States for not actively deporting certain categories of non-citizens’).

Come on conservatives. This is exactly the type of thing you’ve been rallying against.

To be fair, maybe Justice Scalia was just auditioning to replace Judge Judy.

fedex227
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fedex227 06/26/12 - 11:45 pm
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"Not even a Supreme Court

"Not even a Supreme Court ruling can stop this administration’s war on the sovereign state of Arizona."

I so look forward to the Augusta Chronicle's editorial on the Supreme Court's wanton disregard for the laws enacted by the sovereign state of Montana when it overturned Montana's century's old attempt to deflect the influence of corporations and unions by limiting the amount of monies they can contribute to elections of any kind in their state. I won't hold my breath.

Say after me, 'Corporations are people too.'

faithson
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faithson 06/27/12 - 01:02 am
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montana

'History and legal precedents support a state’s right to protect its sovereignty, Scalia argues.' yea, so how about Montana's referendum law that did not allow corporate money in politics... cannot think of a better protection of the state's sovereignty, except SCOTUS didn't agree with states rights in this case.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/12 - 05:14 am
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Attack on Arizona is Indefensible.

Simply put, Obama's attack on Arizona is indefensible. The rest of the country is going to rally around Raising Arizona back to equal status in its dealings with the feds. If not, Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito is going to once again tell Obama the reality as he did at the State of the Union address. He will have Obama cuffed and thrown him into the back of a cruiser for a ride to the nearest county jail.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/12 - 05:17 am
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What else can Obama do?

What else can Obama do? In the past couple of weeks, he has announced he will ignore federal immigration laws. Now he has said he will not allow Arizona access to federal law enforcement information to get around Supreme Court rulings. Oh, and he won't let Congress find out the truth about Eric Holder and his lies. I mean this is all getting out of hand.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/27/12 - 05:44 am
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Riverman- Why worry, Obama

Riverman- Why worry, Obama can just ignore the results of the election when he loses! If you can ignore the House oversight comittee, not enforce bankrupcy laws, ignore the federal law Defense of Marriage act, immigration laws and freely run guns into Mexico (a sovereign nation) against federal and international law, then why bother with election laws or the Supreme court?

johncapes
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johncapes 06/27/12 - 06:43 am
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This year will be a defining moment!

Bye Bye American Pie, Obama will go down in history as the President that almost destroyed America! that is the probably history note! but it is not impossible for his legacy to be America has failed after being the longest lasting democracy(republic) in history! due to the actions of Obama adminstration. Read the current best seller "The Amatuer" or the current best seller by Andy Andrews, "How do you kill 11 million people" sub titled Why truth matters! how lies can destroy a Nation. Germany in WW11, Hitler did it the exact way Obama is dividing us as a nation. scary reading, don't let the title get you, its about the truth, and danger of lies!

Techfan
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Techfan 06/27/12 - 07:18 am
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Divide America? Go back to

Divide America? Go back to Atwater and Gingrich, move forward to Boortz, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Ailes, etc.. The preaching of paranoia and lies, with more than a little right wing "christian" fundamentalism. There's your group that started the dividing of America.

burninater
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burninater 06/27/12 - 08:03 am
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America has been divided for

America has been divided for its entire history. I really wish these apocalyptic Hitler folks would crack open a history book and get a clue.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/12 - 08:47 am
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Thanks, SCOTUS
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This ruling has closed the lid on Barry O's re-election bid. The next sound you all hear will be the hammering of the nails into the lid. Bye Barry, enjoy your new job as "community organizer" in Chicago with your old bud, Rahm Emmanuel.

faithson
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faithson 06/27/12 - 08:58 am
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support

our political divisiveness is a direct result of changing the law during the Regan Administration on 'fair practice' in media, that allowed for countering arguments in the media when individuals felt they were being buffooned. The Christians got ride of that law as who can argue with the 'christian message' and have any creditability. Used to be able to call the likes of Limbaugh, Shultz, e.t. down over off the wall statements, not any more. And GOPAC used that opening to its full advantage...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/27/12 - 09:36 am
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Arizona is being crushed.

Arizona is being crushed by the impact of illegal immigration. It's citizens are suffering horrific violent crimes and it's taxpayers are severely burdened by federally mandated social welfare programs and healthcare for illegals, and the costs of educating the children of illegals. So I want all of you avid supporters of Obama and Holder's assault on the state of Arizona and it's citizens to please tell me specifically what actions you feel Arizona can legally take to protect itself. Keep in mind the the federal government has completely abdicated it's constitutional duties to enforce the law and immigration control. And please, do not give me some pie in the sky phrase like "comprehensive immigration reform" there is no such thing and never will be. Please tell me how you would allow the citizens of Arizona to protect themselves physically and financially.

Selective law enforcement is a dangerous game to play, especially when it's done by our president and justice department. They have set a precedent. Since the president and Holder have announced that they refuse to enforce the law and refuse to do their constitutional duties to protect the citiznes of Arizona, would it be okay for Gov. Brewer to announce that Arizona will no longer enforce the state laws against beating or killing illegal aliens? Sometimes when you start a peeing contest you get wet. The law is the law and both Obama and Holder have brazenly stated that they will not enforce federal law. They should both be impeached for violating their oath of office.

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Bizkit 06/27/12 - 09:55 am
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Good posits dichotomy. You

Good posits dichotomy. You could argue that illegal immigrants are possible terrorist and so it would be OK to kill them. They don't qualify for due process (but who cares if they do since our prez can murder american citizens) and just like the drones murdering "possible" terrorist and innocent people a "possible" is all you need. Open season on illegals, you'll get tags just like the Swamp people for gators. How could Holder hold Arizona to a different standard for killing people than our president without lookin' the fool? I agree both should be impeached for failing to do their jobs which is to execute the laws-not people. If they don't take away his Nobel Peace Prize for his violent approach then that prize loses all of its integrity and prestige.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/27/12 - 10:01 am
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FedEX....if corporations are
Unpublished

FedEX....if corporations are NOT people, then neither are labor unions.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/27/12 - 10:17 am
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why are you libs so

why are you libs so joyful???we have an adminstration that WILL NOT protect the citizens and their rights...and punish the state for trying to enforce federal law and protect its citizens.. the montana ruling and the az ruling are NOT comparable..freedom of speech is a right...enforcing laws one is sworn to upheld DOES NOT allow the prez to pick and chose..the minority was right on the court.. no where does the constitution allow the prez to cherry pick laws he likes or dislikes..that is absurd..does that mean if i rob a bank and cross state lines the locals cant arrest me???. we can get really absurd about this cherry picking..the prez swore on a bible to uphold the laws of the land and protect the constitution...where is the minority wrong???????? limited resouces bogus arguement...obumler spends trillions we dont have on pet projects, unions, fund raising ,etc...yet enforcing the law we are suddenly broke...get real!!!!!!!!!!!!

KSL
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KSL 06/27/12 - 10:47 am
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Biz

I think the Nobel Peace Prize lost its integrity long ago. Obama's win was the icing on the cake.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/27/12 - 11:08 am
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the lawless regime*heil

the lawless regime*heil obumler...sorry its time to call it what it is..carcraft laid it out ...you can probably add more

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/12 - 11:21 am
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If I see someone break a

If I see someone break a federal law, I'm not saying dooley if that's how they want to play.

allhans
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allhans 06/27/12 - 11:49 am
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I am still stuck on the fact

I am still stuck on the fact that higher education has become almost unaffordable, students debts are sky high, college grads can't find jobs (of any kind) and yet Obama is throwing 800,000 illegals into the mix at an exorbitant expense to us, the taxpayers. (Money that seems could be put to better use.) I thought this was about fairness..but I guess fairness is pushed aside when it comes to vote-buying.
When he bounds on stage with that wide (could call it something else) grin...it makes one wonder.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/27/12 - 11:53 am
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Seems taking a

Seems taking a discriminatory, or at best capricious, policy on executing laws that you will set yourself up for discrimination and reverse-discrimination lawsuits-also a patchwork of state laws to respond to a lack of federal action-this is so circular it will likely last for decades. I'm a white or black man sittin' in prison for breakin' federal laws but you turn a blind a eye to hispanics breakin' other federal laws. I know justice is suppose to be blind but not retarded. Well forget that last statement.

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Bizkit 06/27/12 - 12:01 pm
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Seems obvious, despite the

Seems obvious, despite the will of the majority of Americans, that neither Dems or Reps are really going to address our immigration issues. The most obvious solution is to first regulate and control our borders, then figure out what to do with those here (you can't keep exacerbatin' the problem while you try to figure out what ta do). Other countries smaller or larger seem to maintain their borders. Seems odd that progressives are always pointing out America's weakness not having a single payer health care system, but don't seem to have a problem with America not regulating its borders and immigration like all the countries compared for health care.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/27/12 - 01:32 pm
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One Word

Yell loud and strong "Impeachment"

iLove
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iLove 06/27/12 - 01:48 pm
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November
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Do you guys really think that Obama will not win in November. Look @ what he is up againt.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/27/12 - 01:49 pm
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Obama Readys An Army Of Lawyers

This is rich. Obama’s campaign team has apparently recruited an army of lawyers for the upcoming election. Their purpose? To be on standby in case there are legal disputes over voters rights and the voting process: “Obama's campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.”

I remember another time the Democrats unleashed an army of lawyers. It was Florida in 2000 … right after the November vote that became so controversial. The Democrats recruited Democrat lawyers, primarily from Democrat strongholds in the Northeast, and sent them to Florida with one directive … they were to fan out to voting districts throughout Florida to make sure as many ballots from members of the military serving overseas were disqualified and not counted as possible. They knew that military voting was going strongly for Bush and against Mr. Purple Heart, John Kerry (who served in Vietnam, by the way) and they wanted those votes cast aside. Now these same Democrats throw a fit at the mere suggestion that Florida might remove someone from the ballot who is not a citizen, is a convicted felon, or is otherwise ineligible to vote.

Yeah … makes perfect sense to me. Democrats will work diligently to make sure military votes aren’t counted, but votes from felons and illegal aliens are just fine. Go figure.

So now the very same Obama who cared little about the voter intimidation antics of Black Panthers at polling places in 2008, is chewing his nails over the possibility that illegals and felons – folks whom he thinks might very well vote for him .. are being challenged. The New Black Panther Case, by the way, was the case that our wonderful Attorney General, Eric Holder, said he didn’t like because it focusing on the issue could demean “my people.”

Now we see the roadmap of excuses if Obama loses. There will be three primary reasons that are already being framed:
•Raaaaaaaaaaaacism (duh)
•Rich people/corporations bought the election
•Voter IDs laws prevented minorities from voting

Gets pretty tiring after a while, doesn’t it?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/12 - 02:10 pm
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Mexicans are now massing

Mexicans are now massing convoys across the border from Arizona. The Obama administration has promised air cover for them when they actually start to cross. All state law enforcement agencies have been warned not to interfere with the convoys. Weapons will be provided by the Justice Dept for those in the invading columns along with voter registration cards in Spanish. The Dept. of Homeland Security will provide computer-internet support for the invaders. GM union workers at the encouragement of the White House are delivering vehicles for the Mexicans to use in this border breach.

burninater
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burninater 06/27/12 - 02:32 pm
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When Romney heard about the

When Romney heard about the illegals massing at the border for the AZ invasion, he commented, "What are those silly Mexicans doing? Once I'm elected we'll be sending those working class jobs back south of the border quicker than a dressage horse in a car elevator!"

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/12 - 02:34 pm
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River

Funny stuff. Someone should tell Taco Bell to be on alert. They are bound to be hungry.

allhans
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allhans 06/27/12 - 02:41 pm
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... theme song for

... theme song for burninater "Rawhide".

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/12 - 02:45 pm
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ILOVE
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Guess those polls that show Romney leading Obama are just full of (expletive), eh? Keep posting like that...its always good for a laugh.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/27/12 - 03:22 pm
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RM

Are you for real, I haven't heard that. If it is a fact, are the True Americans just going to sit back and do nothing.......

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