The Feds v. Arizona

You’ve likely already heard the news by now.  The federal government has filed suit in Phoenix against Arizona’s illegal immigration policy.  They claim that their new law is discriminatory and will result in the harassment and detainment of scores of new immigrants and legal aliens.  This update comes as politicians across the nation prepare to enact similar legislation in their own states.  It comes as no surprise to me that the individual states look to defend their own borders given D.C.’s failure to do so.  National leaders like Senators McCain, Graham, and the late Ted Kennedy support amnesty and porous security at the expense of citizens and those who enter the country legally.  Regardless of your opinion of the specifics of the Arizona law, something must be done to solve this growing crisis.  I don’t know how this situation will ultimately resolve, but I’m glad to see a resurgence of responsibly at the state level.  That’s not to say that I support differing immigration policies across the nation, but, to restate the point, something must be done! The actions of lawmakers in Phoenix are bringing this long neglected issue to the forefront of American politics.

If Washington continues to do nothing, or, even worse, encourages foreign nationals to break our laws, then we will have to rely on the states to solve the immigration question.  So what will be Richmond’s response?

4 Replies to “The Feds v. Arizona”

  1. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world in which there is a uniform standard of living, or for that matter, a uniform respect for the Rule of Law. In general, I support making immigration as free as possible, but as I respect the right of the United States to defend their own sovereignty, I can’t really bring myself to agree with people who claim that everyone has a “right” to be in this country – it’s one of the points on which I break from the Libertarian party line. The only people who really have a “right” to be in this country are citizens of the United States. Everyone else is here by permission. And evading the process of obtaining that permission is a violation of the law. The fact that that particular law is so bogged down in administration and bureaucracy is really unfortunate, since it is that, more than anything else, that seems to be driving people to evade it – immigration should probably be freer and more efficient. But that’s still no excuse for violating the laws governing it. It’s really one of the classic conundrums of the time, for me.

    In the end I think it also comes around to a bigger question of whether the Constitution is meant to protect the rights of Americans, or whether it’s more of a universal document about humanity. And I can’t honestly say that it’s the latter.


  2. it’s yet another example of how Obama is simply out of touch with America. This suit is wildly unpopular, indicative of the poor approach the Administration has taken. Not to look like a promoter, but I’ve covered this suit qauite a bit on my blog.

  3. I certainly agree with Mr Average that the constitution is not some bland statement of universal humanity. Although Im quite sure there are those who want it to be, or even believe it is! How much more easier that would make it be to apply international jurisprudence.

    Also, is it not beginning to look as though filing law suits is one of this administration’s modus operandi in getting its way? And, given the liberal leanings of the courts, almost a sure bet for them.

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