STATES RIGHTS AND ENFORCING FEDERAL LAW
August 17, 2011
After Alabama passed HB 56 in June, law professor and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write SB 1070, said, “Alabama now has the strongest law deterring illegal immigration in the country, surpassing even Arizona.” Given the hissy fit Obama threw over Arizona, we knew it was just a matter of time for him before he filed another frivolous lawsuit to overturn the law.
Last week, the Justice Department did just that. Attorney General Eric Holder, who admitted to Congress that he hadn't even read SB 1070, said, “Today’s action makes clear that setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility that cannot be addressed through a patchwork of state immigration laws.”
If immigration enforcement is a “national responsibility,” then why doesn’t Obama take responsibility by enforcing the law?
In the press release for the lawsuit, Big Sis Janet Napolitano says, “DHS continues to enforce federal immigration laws in Alabama and around the country in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor, as well as continue to secure our border.”
This is a complete joke. According to the government’s own estimates, less than half of the Southern Border is secure. When she says they focus on “criminal aliens,” she means that if an illegal alien isn’t also committing another serious crime they will set them loose. A slew of memos have come out of the Obama administration instructing ICE agents to use “discretion” and simply not enforce the law against most illegal aliens.
Because of this federal inaction, Alabama pays a serious price. According to the non-partisan Federation for American Immigration Reform, Alabama spends 293 million dollars of our tax dollars to educate, incarcerate, and medicate illegal immigrants. We even pay 3.1 million dollars for the births of illegals whose children become U.S. citizens under a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. These illegals only pay 18 million dollars in state taxes. That’s why Kris Kobach calls illegal immigration “the ultimate unfunded federal mandate.”
The lawsuit also brings up the race card, and says it will create racial profiling. However, HB 56 explicitly bars racial profiling in its enforcement. But we all know the first thing the Left does when they can’t win an argument is bring up race.
If you oppose Barack Obama, you’re a racist. If you oppose illegal immigration, you’re a racist. If you oppose Barack Obama’s pro-illegal immigration agenda, you must be extra racist. Throw in the State of Alabama and “states’ rights” and these people imagine you burning crosses.
Sure enough, they are busy dragging the good name of our state through the mud. One repeated slogan is that Alabama went from “Jim Crow to Juan Crow.” This is an insult to African Americans. Blacks were brought to this country against their will, while illegal aliens - of all races - are coming to this country against our will. If Alabama is racist and oppressive as these leftists pretend, then why have all of the illegal aliens flooded into our state?
Obama does not give a rip about Alabama and does not give a rip about stopping illegal immigration. He does give a rip about La Raza, the racist pro-amnesty organization who opposes HB 56. Obama just pandered before the organization, telling them he supports amnesty and will oppose laws like those in Arizona and Alabama. Obama told the crowd, “We can’t have 50 immigration laws across the country.” Because of Obama’s total inaction, what we have on the federal level is no immigration law.
Until the feds get their act together, states like Arizona and Alabama have the right and the duty to alleviate the problems illegal immigration imposes on their states.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.