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Is the DOJ Immigration Lawsuit a Warning to the States?

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When the Justice Department (DOJ) filed its lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law was it a warning to other states thinking about implementing similar laws, that immigration is their venue, and not the states? That the matter of nationality is also a federal responsibility?

With the number of lawsuits filed with the federal courts, the DOJ did not need to file a suit of their own. The law opponents may think that by the government suing Arizona adds strength to their cause just because they are the federal government, which may be true, but there was really no need to sue for the same things that are all ready headed to federal court to be decided on.

In their claim the government says they do not want the states to come up with their own solution to immigration issues, and that immigration and nationality laws and policy are in their purview and are not delegated to the states — that federal law takes precedence is these matters. Getting an injunction to prevent Arizona’s immigration law from going into effect on July 29, 2010 would be considered a victory. This alone would say that there is a reasonable doubt as to how far a state can involve itself in federal matters or change precedence.

By consensus, the majority of the nation is behind Arizona and applauds their actions since there is no real federal law enforcement taking place. The Arizona law authorizes law enforcement officers in the course of performing their normal duties to question suspects about their citizenry if there is reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. The law also targets employers who knowingly employ illegals and seek out illegals to perform work for them.

It is the belief of the law’s opponents that this law is just a legal route to racial profiling and violation of civil rights because the majority of illegals in the nation are of Hispanic descent. The law’s wording does not specify any one group of people falls under this statute, just illegals, which cover all illegals no matter their race, creed, religion or nationality.

Prior to proposing any legislation regarding immigration, those states that are considering imposing laws similar to Arizona’s should wait and observe how this pans out. If the decision is in Arizona’s favor, seeing how they go about implementing it, how it takes shape and how it helps the problem would be the best course for other states to follow before implementing one of its own. The question of economics also should be taken into consideration since such laws normally bring constitutional challenges in court by organizations that advocate for civil rights, and in this case, boycotts could be very harmful.

If this is indeed a warning from the federal government to the states thinking about implementing laws similar to Arizona’s, the United States government, Obama and his crew, need to come up with a workable plan to protect our borders instead of just accepting responsibility for the failure to do so.

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  • Arch Conservative

    Is there any doubt that if it were 12 million illegal pale white Frenchman streaming over our border illegally, demanding to be catered to in French, using our hospital ER’s for free healthcare, bringing the gangs with them, receiving all manner of social welfare benefits and generally showing a contemptuous disdain for the laws and legal citizens of this nation that same people objecting to Mexicans doing it would still object.

    For a very, very small portion of the those opposing the illegals and supporting tougher laws such as the one in Arizona, racism may in fact be at the heart of their opposition. But for the vast majority of Americans it’s just about being fed up as we watch millions break our laws and thumb their noses at us while doing it. Mexico does not stand for it on their southern border so why should we?

    The federal govt, thats Dems and Reps, have their own selfish reasons for wanting to ignore the situation. Nobody in Washington gives a damn about how this issue actually affects American citizens or the health and future of this nation. Our current federal government has a great deal in common with the reign of King George III.

  • JustSomeGuy

    From a practical standpoint, the arizona law may not be entirely without merit. But the fact is that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, and states can’t set their own immigration policy, even if they aren’t satisfied with the way it’s being enforced (or not enforced, as the case may be).