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Power Line ^ | JUNE 25, 2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF

Posted on 06/26/2012 3:14:30 PM PDT by kingattax

There’s been much speculation about whether the Obama administration has a Plan B ready in case the Supreme Court strikes down all or some of Obamacare. But it’s clear that the White House was ready today when the Court rejected its challenge to the constitutionality of an Arizona law requiring local law enforcement officers, during routine stops, to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

The White House promptly reacted to the decision, which also struck down three important provisions through which Arizona attempted to counteract the federal government’s unwillingness to do anything much about the flood of illegal aliens into the State. First, and predictably, Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform. Sen. Harry Reid quickly echoed the White House, tweeting that “[Republicans] must join [Democrats] to forge fair, tough, practical solutions.”

Next, the administration announced measures designed to undermine the portion of the Arizona law that was upheld, unanimously, by the Supreme Court. The Department of Homeland Security said it would exclude Arizona from a program known as 287(g), which allows the feds to deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests. A Homeland Security official explained that the administration finds such agreements “not useful” in states that have Arizona-style laws. I guess the program is “useful” only in states that aren’t taking meaningful measures to identify illegal aliens.

Accordingly, local police in Arizona will have to rely on federal officials to arrest illegal aliens. But federal officials have made it clear that the feds will not respond to calls from Arizona law enforcement unless the person detained meets certain criteria, such as being wanted for a felony. Being an illegal alien is not enough. As Obama showed with his unilateral mini-DREAM act, this administration is no longer interested in enforcing the immigration laws except perhaps against illegal aliens who are shown to have engaged in felonious conduct.

In addition, the Justice Department set up a hotline through which people can complain about having their immigration status checked by Arizona law enforcement officials. Obama thus hopes to drum up complaints against Arizona law enforcement agents. He wants to make the federal government a party to the harassment of those trying to do what Obama won’t – enforce the law. Obama hopes to intimidate them into not using their authority to address the severe problem of illegal immigration — authority granted by the state legislature and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court.

Given all of this, it’s quite clear that the Republicans should say “hell no” to Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans must not permit themselves to be coerced into writing a new immigration law by Obama’s refusal to enforce the law we have.

Moreover, what is the point of legislating with a lawless administration? Legislation on an issue like immigration requires compromise, and that’s fine – I have no objection in principle to compromising. But suppose a compromise is reached. This president has demonstrated that his response would likely be to ignore the provisions the Republicans insisted upon – because ignoring them is “the right thing to do.” Immigration reform, if it is to occur, must await the election of a president who, unlike Obama, is willing to enforce the law as written, not just the portions of the law he finds palatable. Indeed, I’m tempted to say that the passage of compromise legislation on any important issue should await the election of such a president

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To: JewishRighter
Is there no one in the Republican Congressional caucus to take up the gauntlet and bring Articles of Impeachment for this latest and most extreme outrage against We the People?


21 posted on 06/26/2012 4:24:32 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: JewishRighter

obama’s not doing this by himself. If he issues an order lots of people down the line have to follow it. For instance, he tells his cabinet hag not to work with AZ cops. She passes it down to her underling who sends it on down to others and finally to all the agents. Then every ICE agent in AZ is being forced to disobey the law.

Plus, the governor of AZ and all the cops in AZ are going along with it.

The republicans cry a little and that’s that.

No wonder this guy believes himself to be a dictator. He IS a dictator.

22 posted on 06/26/2012 4:29:33 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: skeeter

Yes, and then there is that other party, the Enablercans, who made it a cake walk, because of their cowards in leadership. They feign rejection of this or that, using it for a weak springboard to campaign on.
But, they have a real tiger up as our nominee, to lead them—made of paper.

23 posted on 06/26/2012 4:29:39 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: unkus

Anyone not terrified of another Obama term is not sane.

I am terrified of an Obama second term. I am also terrified of a Romney first term.

Now what do I do?
See tag line.

24 posted on 06/26/2012 4:35:20 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse (RNC) will learn to sing)
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To: kingattax

There are traitors by action.

Then there are traitors by inaction.

Unfortunately our “representative government” is chockful of both. And I quite honestly see no way around them.

25 posted on 06/26/2012 4:41:04 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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Well, vote for one.

26 posted on 06/26/2012 5:02:26 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Ronin
America is more than three quarters of the way to totalitarianism.

There are still large section of the US that are NOT. Texas is one of them. Lot of open space and lots of freedom, but we do enforce our laws.

27 posted on 06/26/2012 5:51:19 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Au contraire. Shutting down congress would suit obama just fine. He has darn near shut them down already.

28 posted on 06/26/2012 6:22:09 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

Defund ICE, Homeland security, the Border Patrol and the Justice Dept. If they won’t do their job, why should we pay them?

29 posted on 06/26/2012 9:00:07 PM PDT by Betty Jane
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