From the looney bin… ummm… other side, we get this reaction:
“We believe the court ruled correctly when it prevented key provisions of SB1070 from taking effect,” Justice Department spokesperson Hannah August said. “While we understand the frustration of Arizonans with the broken immigration system, a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement and would ultimately be counterproductive. States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework.”
First of all, there was no patchwork of policies. Arizona SB 1070 mirrored Federal Law and simply stated Arizona’s intent to enforce those laws. And while we’re at it, yes local enforcement of Federal law would most definitely disrupt current Federal enforcement, because the Federal Government is NOT DOING ANY enforcement.
“The court’s decision to enjoin most of SB1070 correctly affirms the federal government’s responsibilities in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws,” said Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler.
And I as a citizen of the United States of America affirm the federal government’s responsibility in that area as well. DO YOUR JOB!
Mr. Chandler continues:
“Over the past eighteen months, this Administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to secure the border, and we will continue to work to take decisive action to disrupt criminal organizations and the networks they exploit. DHS will enforce federal immigration laws in Arizona and around the country in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor, as well as continue to secure our border.”
hmmm… 1200 National Guard troops to be deployed along the entire U.S. / Mexico border. Yep, that certainly qualifies as unprecedented. A photo op in D.C. and a promise to “send some people” to investigate in a couple of weeks. Yep, unprecedented there, too. Cries of racist and failure to read the bill… okay, I’ll grant that that may be unprecedented.
The balance of Mr. Chandler’s statement is a clever attempt to deflect conversation from the real issue. The REAL issue is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, an invasion, and not simply an issue involving criminal aliens. Federal Law requires coming to this country through proper channels. It requires proper documentation. Already existing Federal Law makes NO DISTINCTION between ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and criminal aliens.
And lastly, “as well as continue to secure our border”… Yeah, right.