A friendly reminder of Civics 101 for the Democrats who visit this site
The role of the Executive Branch is to “ENFORCE” existing laws. ENFORCE THEM not determine which should be enforced and which should not based on political ideology. Constitutionally, President Obama cannot just pick and choose which laws to carry out because he personally doesn’t like them.
The fundamental aspects of Arizona’s SB1070 immigration bill were upheld in a Supreme Court Decision today, delivering another substantial blow to the White House and President Obama.
But what President Obama did in response to his defeat today is once again reflective of how petulent and childish this community organizer is. How this man-child ever made it to hold the office of chief executive is beyond my comprehension.
“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens,” the Republican governor said in a statement. “After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.”
In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court upheld one of the key provisions of the Arizona law, allowing police officers to check the immigration status of any individual who has been stopped for questioning if there is reason to believe that the person is in the country illegally. Three other provisions of the law were struck down.
In response to losing the Supreme Court ruling to Jan Brewer 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.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
The official said that despite the increased number of calls, which presumably means more illegal immigrants being reported, the Homeland Security Department is unlikely to detain a significantly higher number of people and won’t be boosting personnel to handle the new calls.
“We do not plan on putting additional staff on the ground in Arizona,” the official said.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but it said state and local police could check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion to believe are in the country illegally.