In the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling on Arizona’s immigration law, Obama gives state sovereignty the finger and decrees that the Federal Government will no longer cooperate with Arizona law enforcement and instructs federal agents to ignore requests for processing of illegals caught in the state. Then Obama’s regime advertised a hotline number that illegals can call when they “spot” abuse by AZ law enforcement to the inJustice Department.
This was an in-our-face giant finger from Obama – who clearly has crowned himself emperor to decide what laws he will recognize and ignore, while imposing his own laws outside of the bounds of the Constitution. Obama has just signaled to the world that Arizona is an open free-for all without any chance of charges being brought to bear on foreign nationals who break the law in that state.
The SCOTUS ruling was insanity itself. The majority ruled in essence (and Scalia noted in his dissent), that state’s cannot infringe upon Federal laws in their state and Obama has made it clear that he will not enforce such laws. The ruling says Arizona MUST defer to the federal government to arrest, detain and prosecute. However, they wrote that Arizona can continue it’s stop and check provisions of the state law.
So this ruling and Obama’s decree – essentially nullifies state law and state sovereignty. Arizona can continue to follow their law to stop and check for identification, but nothing can be done about any illegals they find or upon those illegals caught commiting crimes, because Obama just decreed that DHS, ICE and the feds are to ignore any calls from Arizona.
So last week Obama declares blanket Amnesty for illegals along with stating that they will continue to impose ObamaCare even if SCOTUS rules against it or major provisions of it.
Methinks SCOTUS has a leaker to the White House and all of this is pre-emptive for what the Regime has said it will do in the face of the ObamaCare decision.
We have a dictator for president with a nasty temper and zeal for revenge, and a SCOTUS who are nothing more than political hacks for the regime rather than upholders of the Constitution as intended by the Founders.
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
The official said that despite the increased number of calls, which presumably means more illegal immigrants being reported, theHomeland Security Department is unlikely to detain a significantly higher number of people and won’t be boosting personnel to handle the new calls.
“We do not plan on putting additional staff on the ground in Arizona,” the official said.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but it said state and local police could check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion to believe are in the country illegally.
That means police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status — but federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls.
Federal officials said they’ll still perform the checks as required by law but will respond only when someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the court’s decision frees police up to perform immigration checks. In anticipation of the ruling, she issued an executive order calling for guidance to be issued to every police department on how to fairly carry out the law.
“We will move forward, instructing law enforcement to begin practicing what the United States Supreme Court has upheld,” she said.
But the Obama administration is under pressure from immigrant-rights groups to cut down on the number of people it is deporting and has taken a number of steps to try to limit deportations of rank-and-file illegal immigrants and focus instead on those with criminal records or repeated immigration violations.
Last week, Mr. Obama said he would halt deportations for most illegal immigrants under 30 who were brought here as children.
On Monday the administration officials also said they are ending the seven 287(g) task force agreements with Arizona law enforcement officials, which proactively had granted some local police the powers to enforce immigration laws.
I like this bloggers opinion about this whole deal:
Is Arizona on his kill list?
So after the Supreme Court upholds the key element of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law SB1070 the president attacked Arizona sovereignty again. Obama has told DHS to ignore requests from Arizona law enforcement on immigration status requests. Isn’t this exactly what many Arizonans have been talking about, that our federal government isn’t enforcing immigration law. So basically the federal government is telling the State of Arizona to drop dead and ignore us. Brewer should give him another letter, this one saying that if the federal government is going to ignore immigration law than so are we. At some point you have to stand up to the bully, make your stand and fight for what you believe in. I now go to the founders for what may be necessary if our federal government continues down this path
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