The Arizona Immigration Law & The Supremes

Supreme Court justices seem sympathetic to parts of AZ immigration law

Questions asked this morning at the the hearing for Arizona’s S.B. 1070 seemed to indicate support for at least portions of the bill among Supreme Court justices. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli didn’t seem to be doing much better with the justices this morning than he did when he last stood in front of the court to argue for Obamacare.

And why should he?

Sec. 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution: Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

That’s pretty clear, and pretty much all the Fed has to do or say about immigration.  When a state is a border state, who better to insure that folks crossing that border are legal citizens, or legal visitors?  Who’s more concerned about who’s crossing the border…a resident of the state, who’s being shot at or stolen from, or some bureaucrat in D.C.?

It’s up to the state to protect itself from threats both inside and outside it’s borders, and asking someone to prove they are in the country legally is part of that effort.  Not to speak of the fact that it’s ludicrous that the FED should question the authority of a state who’s only making sure it’s residents/visitors are abiding by the law of the land.


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