On April 29, The Reverend typed up these words...
....the new Arizona immigration law appears to be unconstitutional on two fronts. The first is that states do not have immigration law powers over and above what the federal government has determined. The second concerns itself with the "reasonable suspicion" threshold with which Arizona law enforcement will now determine whether a suspect should be stopped and papers demanded.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton granted the Obama administration's request for a preliminary injunction on the grounds that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, not states.
In her 36-page court order, Judge Bolton blocked several provisions of the new law, which was to take effect Thursday. Most notably, she blocked a requirement that police check the immigration status of people stopped for such routine infractions as traffic violations, if police suspect they are in the U.S. illegally. She also blocked a section that required law enforcement to detain individuals until their legal status was clarified.
Unfortunately, as clear as it was back in April that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's new law was unconstitutional, yesterday Brewer responded this way....
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, reacting to the ruling, said the "fight is far from over" and vowed to take the case "all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary."
Whatever, Governor Brewer. Even with the 4 Horsemen of the Coming American Apocalypse sitting on the Supreme Court, I still don't see Arizona winning this case, should it get that far.
The most important aspect of yesterday's ruling is that other like-minded state legislatures will reconsider passing their own versions of Arizona's unconstitutional immigration law.
Far right conservatives, like Brewer, want to impose harsh, now deemed illegal, measures against Latinos in America. These conservatives argue that because the federal government, they claim, is failing to enforce immigration laws, the states must usurp the feds constitutionally mandated jurisdiction and pass unconstitutional racial profiling and "reasonable suspicion" state laws.
Yet, when the Bush presidency attempted to pass a comprehensive immigration bill with the hope of defusing concerns now voiced by Gov. Jan Brewer.....it was the very same far right conservatives who screeched "no amnesty", at the top of their lungs.....for weeks.
The fig leave being used here by extreme conservatives is that undocumenteds inside the U.S. have 'broken the law'....they are inside the country 'illegally', and therefore, must be punished. The "no amnesty" crowd on the conservative side wants to send all the undocumenteds, and their families, back to the nation where they came from. That's right....all 12 million of them.
I can't help but think that many conservatives really don't want to solve this immigration conundrum.
Why would that be the case? I would suggest....note: only a suggestion.....that if undocumented Latinos are given a path to citizenship, with the U.S. political dynamic the way it is now,...a large majority of those Latinos will eventually become Democratic voters. After all, it is GOP voters who want to intern undocumenteds in camps and bus them all back to Mexico and Latin America.
The Reverend's conclusion: What all the hype and sceeching and new unconstitutional laws about immigration are really about is stopping the Democratic Party from garnering a huge new block of voters.
Purely political...all of it.
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