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The whole dust-up over the SB1070 law and subsequent federal lawsuit has been revealing in ways that most people could not have expected.

Clearly, some people were not prepared to hear the federal government try so hard to not do its appointed duty, and its willingness to prevent anyone else from doing it either. And as someone with both political science and law degrees, I know that I was not prepared to hear a justification that boiled down to “We cannot have the states telling us to actually do our jobs, and enforce the laws regarding immigration.” Sadly, for me, the only surprise was to hear it stated so plainly. I’ve made some gutsy arguments in my time, but if I tried something like that, my carbon footprint would include not just me, but the guy following me around with the wheelbarrow, carrying my balls behind me.

Nevertheless, the degree of mental gymnastics that some are willing to publically go through is nothing short of offensive, as people who have every reason to know better have said some painfully foolish things, like one of my colleagues in the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, who opined in the September Editorial:

“The flaw in Arizona’s scheme is that it focuses on the alien, the most vulnerable and defenseless factor in immigration.  Arizona could increase the penalties for the “coyotes”, human smugglers, who engage in a dangerous, demeaning, and extremely profitable activity.  Arizona could also improve its anti-money laundering laws to penalize the repatriation of profits from human smuggling.”

Now, it is easily discoverable that Arizona already has a law against human trafficking, with some real penalties, or a money laundering statute, but it seems a bit cheeky to advocate tougher laws against some of the law breakers in the chain, while making excuses for the root cause.  It is staggeringly intellectually dishonest to try to dismiss the immigrants themselves from any moral or legal responsibility for their actions.  They don’t come here because of the coyotes or the money laundering; they come here because they chose to.  They come here KNOWING that it breaks our laws.  The Coyotes are enablers, but they only become part of the problem AFTER the decision to break our laws has been made, and only a sober and honest recognition of that will enable us to see our way clear of the ongoing silent invasion that our southern neighbor has been waging against us for decades.

Still, this administration sees votes in them thar illegals, and is bound and determined to get them.  I think the administration wanted Arizona to pass the law.  I think it gave them an opportunity to announce by implication that it has no interest in preventing the hemorrhaging sovereignty along our southern border.  Why else would it claim that SB 1070 is a means for the state to dictate the federal government’s priorities to it?

And in true Chicago thug-style, AG Holder’s inJustice Department saw the need to press its perceived advantage, and go after the Maricopa Community Colleges for striving to make sure that they didn’t employ illegals, and now are investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for allegedly discriminatory practices.  However, there might be a problem with the veneer of legitimacy inJustice has fronted with this latest investigation, as noted by Byron York in his piece at the Washington Examiner:

Despite the splash of attention from the newest lawsuit, the Justice Department’s investigation of Arpaio could end badly for Holder. When the Department first informed Arpaio that a probe was under way, back in March 2009, it sent a letter saying the investigation would focus on “alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.” But now we learn that just six months before that, in September 2008, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, did its own investigation of Arpaio’s office — and gave it a clean bill of health. Arpaio’s lawyers recently got a copy of the ICE report through the Freedom of Information Act.
 
But I’m probably being too trusting.  Afterall, it is entirely possible and likely that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has done a complete 180 in its practices a mere six months after being judged to be excellent in its immigration enforcement practices by the federal agency charged with enforcing federal immigration law.   Just the same, I don’t think I’d want to be the one making that argument to the Judge, who I’m sure has nothing better to do than listen to another politically motivated immigration lawsuit against Arizona authorities.
 
Incompetence and a failure to do its job would be one thing for the Federal Government; a complete unwillingness to do it, and the chutzpah to sue anyone who might make them do it is another thing all together, and combines arrogance and venality into a heady brew that most people in this country will resist drinking.  Of course, if they fail, I’m sure they can always surrender some sovereignty to the blue-helmeted kleptocratic hypocrites from Turtle Bay…naaaaaaa.  That would never happen, would it?

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