Wednesday, July 11

Arizona singled out, but it's not political. Noooo...

In April of 2010 the governor of Arizona signed into law a bill requiring immigrants in the state to carry documents verifying their legal status in the U.S, authorizing state and local law enforcement to check an immigrant's status, and making it illegal to hire or transport illegal immigrants.

On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions of this law, ruling that legal immigrants didn't have to carry registration documents; that state police could not arrest someone suspected only of being in the U.S. illegally; and that the state couldn't criminalize the hiring or transporting of illegal immigrants.

By contrast, all the justices upheld the provision of the law allowing state police to inquire into the immigration status of a person already stopped for some other, unrelated reason.

Within hours of the publication of the court's decision the Obama administration announced that it U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would no longer cooperate with Arizona--specifically that one state--when the state asked the feds whether someone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally was in fact illegal.

The fact that this change specifically singled out Arizona, and the timing of this announcement just hours after the court's opinion was released, naturally raised suspicion that the Obama administration was retaliating against the state after the court upheld even one of the law's provisions.

But such a brazen use of government power to intimidate a state's legislators or citizens would be viewed as an abuse of power by many. Thus it was necessary for Obama's minions to deny that the obvious connection existed.

Enter a dickhead by the name of John Morton, director of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Morton had been asked to appear at a meeting of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security. During his testimony before the subcommittee, Representative Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) asked Morton about the decision to stop cooperating with his state. Quayle asked,
I find it a little concerning that you recently [stopped cooperating] with Arizona state and local law enforcement agencies. What is the reasoning behind it? Why pick Arizona as the sole one right now, to actually remove a program that, you said, was an essential component of DHS’s...immigration enforcement strategy?
Morton's reply:
We were not going to renew the 287(g) agreements that were rescinded in Arizona for the next fiscal year, so we were going to terminate them anyway in a few months.

I think we did it [when we did] because we thought that it made the most sense to do it at the same time. We knew that there would be questions how things would operate, and we wanted to set the record clear.

Oh, it's very clear, Mr. bureaucratic dick. That's a "Fuck you, congressman" if I've ever heard one.

Kick the Kenyan marxist out in November. Then prosecute.


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