Obama admin committed to hostile relationship with Arizona
Alternate headline: Obama to Arizona: Drop Dead
First the federal government actually sued Arizona for attempting to enforce laws they refuse to enforce. Now this:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
The federal government is suspending a program designated 287(g), “which allows the feds to deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests” and help enforce immigration law.
The translation is simple: The federal government won’t enforce immigration laws. If states attempt to do it, the court will strike down state law due to federal preemption. But then, the federal government won’t work with states who are trying to help with enforcement.
In other words . . . NO ENFORCEMENT. We’re not going to do it. You’re not going to do it. We’re not going to work together on it.
No sense in complying with a statute that’s no longer legally in effect, right? But no: The section he’s limiting cooperation on is 2(b), authorizing Arizona cops to check the status of people whom they reasonably suspect are here illegally. That’s the one part that the Court upheld. What he’s doing, in other words, is using the ruling as political cover to reduce enforcement, no doubt as a complement to his DREAM gambit to win over Latino voters. If the Court won’t nullify the entire law, The One will.
The Obama Administration has done a lot of imperious, extra-constitutional things in its seemingly interminable three years. This one is up there near the very top of the reprehensibility scale. It is spiteful, arrogant, and brazenly dismissive of both Arizona specifically and the concept of statehood generally. The gesture being directed from Washington towards Arizona is too vulgar to describe.