Constitutionality of Arizona SB 1070 Debated at the Supreme Court

This is a response to a comment left recently on an older post here. The comments required such a lengthy refutation of facts and discussion that I decided to make an entire post out of it.

============= the post and comment in question

Original Post: Arizona Immigration Law

Comment to Arizona Immigration Law

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Where to start with your factual inaccuracies and rambling text? Ignoring the grammar, the spelling and the amateur formatting of your post, let’s start at the top of the content, shall we? Jan Brewer is the duly elected governor for the state of Arizona and has been since November of 2010. Lest you think I’m making this up, I’ll cite a source I am certain you will accept as valid: The Huffington Post. Jan Brewer Defeats Terry Goddard in 2010 Governor’s Race, so the very first statement of your post is completely wrong. The rest goes downhill from there.

However, even if she had not won an election, but had moved into the governorship due to succession clauses, she still would have been the legitimate governor of the state of Arizona until the next general election. Every state, and the federal government have such a plan. Was Ford not president when Nixon resigned? Was Johnson not president when Kennedy was assassinated? Your claims of illegitimacy are null and void and have absolutely no bearing on facts.

Skipping down a bit, I’m not exactly sure what the “ordered to be whiten” clause in your point 6 is trying to convey.

Your frequent use of the term “undocumented workers” is nothing more than a politically correct phrase for illegal immigrants—emphasis on illegal, meaning against the law, just in case you were not aware of the definition of that term.

SB 1070 is nothing more than a reflection of Federal law concerning immigration status—as we’ll soon see from the SCOTUS decision—and is simply the intent of Arizona to enforce already existing federal statutes. See Title 8; Section 1325 of the U.S. Code. Allow me to excerpt some of the highlights:

“Improper Entry by Alien”, any citizen of any country other than the United States who:
  —Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or

  —Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or

  —Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime… a felony (emphasis added)

Followed with the requirements of Federal Law, as discussed below, any person unable to confirm their legal right to be present in this country is susceptible to punishment ranging from fines to being referred to ICE – the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division responsible for dealing with illegal aliens. Again from here. On the chance that you don’t have the time to read through the entire 11 pages, I’ll summarize it for you. AZ HB 2779 made it illegal (there’s that word again) for employers to hire people that could not prove US citizenship or valid (sometimes a synonym for legal) documents indicating their legal right to work in this country. Signed into law by the person now charged with enforcing it (that’s another discussion) and again, merely a restatement of federal law and Arizona’s intention to enforce it.

Your time-warped reference to the Martin Luther King holiday is even further removed from today’s reality. Arizona has officially celebrated MLK day since 1992, a full 16 years before Governor Brewer even took office.

Because this response to your post is already several hundred words longer than the original 50 word post of mine that inspired your comment, I’ll stop here for now, except to say you should probably be a bit mindful of looking hypocritical. In your short post you use the phrase “hate filled legislation” — should be ‘hate-filled legislation’ I believe, but I’m not certain of that—yet you are the one that 1) Calls Jan Brewer a loser; 2) Insinuate she can’t read; 3) Insult the entire population of Arizona with your laughable tirade about the MLK holiday; 4) Threaten boycotts; 5) Denigrate Arizona again with your “so called state” phrase, which again should be ‘so-called state’

Kettle… pot. Pot … kettle.

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