From The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell – The Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Arizona immigration law yesterday, striking some portions of the law in a 5-3 ruling but unanimously upholding immigration status checks by law enforcement. The Obama Administration countered by announcing it would tell Arizona to release most of the people whose status was in question. The Administration has shown little regard for the other branches of government in most of its policy making, including immigration. President Obama’s recent move to exempt young illegals from the threat of deportation—without a law made by Congress—drew the attention of Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent in the Arizona decision.
“To say, as the Court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing immigration law that the president declines to enforce boggles the mind,” Scalia said.
In striking down some of the Arizona law’s provisions, the Court said that federal immigration law preempted the state law. That should mean that it is the federal government’s job to enforce these aspects of immigration law where the Court says the feds have exclusive jurisdiction. But the Obama Administration has made it clear that will not happen on its watch. To read the complete article, click here.