ICE chief: We might not process illegals referred to us by Arizona

posted at 7:50 pm on May 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

From ICE’s homepage: “Formed in 2003 as part of the federal government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, ICE’s mission is to protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.” If he’s not prepared to “vigilantly enforce” federal law because he doesn’t like how certain suspects were identified, the solution is simple: Fire him. He can while away his days wearing a sandwich board and marching around outside Jan Brewer’s office instead of leeching taxpayer money for not doing his job.

Echoing comments by President Barack Obama and others in the administration, Morton said that Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigration is not “good government.” The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork.

Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

I looked for a transcript on the Tribune’s site but can’t find any, so we’re deprived of the logic by which (a) an amnesty bill would actually reduce illegal immigration and (b) bona fide illegals caught by Arizona cops are somehow too tainted or whatever to be processed by ICE. But it’s good to know that America’s de facto secretary of immigration enforcement is squeamish about state cops trying to fill the enforcement void created by his own agency.

Speaking of local solutions, here’s the mayor of Costa Mesa declaring his jurisdiction America’s first “rule of law” city. If the feds can’t handle this issue, fine; just don’t cry when state and local governments decide that they can.



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the cracks are deepening.

The president is a feckless leader and should be impeached.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Arizona needs to pull out all the stops. Stop making stupid threats about cutting power. Do it. And more some.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Fire him.

ICE wasn’t doing its job before this, which is why Arizona took action.

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

ICE chief: We might not process illegals referred to us by Arizona

That’s fin. Just sent them all to LA.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Perfect timing,in Obama’s own lips on ICE!
===========================================

When communities are TERRORIZED by ICE IMMIGRATION RAIDS….

Obama speaks at La Raza Event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN_GO3YAdEA

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

i agree with ted c: impeach obama asap.
obama hbas made us less safe.

he won’t even enforce the law.

that violates the oath of office.

reliapundit on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

$20 and a pack of smokes, though, and he’ll give a…”RIIIIP.”

Christien on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Bus them home, over the border, same day service. May I suggest the Arizona detainees get released in San Diego to increase the walk time.

tarpon on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Stop making stupid threats about cutting power. Do it. And more some.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Stop lying.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Has Morton read the AZ law? Did anyone from the lame stream media ask him?

Dingbat63 on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Ineluctably supports the Arizona stance.

Mason on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Maybe Obama should RESIGN!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Can we just start the civil war now!!

The Notorious G.O.P on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Stop lying.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Lying about what? :-|

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Someone is getting paid off.

Our government is taking money from the Drug Cartels.

How else do you account for this behavior?

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Writ of mandamus.

mesquito on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The wheels are coming off of this issue for the democrats. They like illegal voters. They want illegal voters. They need illegal voters. Lots and lots of them. And the simple truth of that is becoming more and more apparent each day, and the American people don’t like what they’re being forced by circumstances to face about the president and his party. It’s the corruption, stupid.

Rational Thought on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Mr.President,

I expect your resignation for your dereliction of duty.

Portlandon.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I fully expect “I’m sorry that you took me out of context” apology by tomorrow afternoon.

jukin on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Drop them all off in California since they seem to love them so much. This is amazing that the government is refusing to enforce laws on the books. The left doesn’t want to mess with the American people too much. Their absolute lack of interest in what the people want is starting to become obvious even to the Kool-Aid drinkers.

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

According to Obama at a La Raza event,its ICE who are the
TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Echoing comments by President Barack Obama and others in the administration, Morton said that Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigration is not “good government.”

Has Morton read the law?

Mike Honcho on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Maybe Obama should RESIGN!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I am hereby resigning from the office of the Presidency. I will spend some of my time trying to forgive myself for making America worse off when I could have made America better off with the same effort and I will spend the rest of my life living in a hut with my half-brother in Kenya studying Islamic horticulture.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Since this scenario has already played out here in Texas, i can tell you how it’ll go when cities try to enforce immigration law. The illegal enablers will take cities like Costa Mesa to court and then have their friends in the media play up how much court costs are until the local pols popularity plummets for spending money on court costs. It’s exactly what they did in Farmers Branch Texas and it unfortunately worked. The entire story became about court costs instead of the illegals.

clearbluesky on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Arizona needs to pull out all the stops. Stop making stupid threats about cutting power. Do it. And more some.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

How would pulling the power in LA make the feds deport people?

Those are two seprate issues.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Just another low life scumbag in the current administration,SUPRISE!

heshtesh on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork

uh…yeah! hello, mcfly?

what a bloody maroon! isn’t there a federal law saying the same exact thing?

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 8:00 PM

The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally

I am aghast that this is an actual statement and that it is being debated as something unjust. Liberalism is truly a brain destroying disease.

Spectreman on May 20, 2010 at 8:00 PM

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM
I am hereby resigning from the office of the Presidency. I will spend some of my time trying to forgive myself for making America worse off when I could have made America better off with the same effort and I will spend the rest of my life living in a hut with my half-brother in Kenya studying Islamic horticulture.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

MB4: It better be framed!!:)

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM

We are now seeing the fruition of 1+1=green that has been taught in the public school system since the late eighties.

jukin on May 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM

At what point does Brewer declare a state of emergency and close the AZ-Failed State border?

Christien on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

This government is in open rebellion against it’s citizens.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

the cracks are deepening.

I agree. They are doubling down.

So what do you guys think – are the threats going to work? Will Arizona back down? I’m asking in all seriousness.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

If Dennis Blair had taken this position he would still be the DNI.

d1carter on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Anyone who lives in a Sanctuary city need to get a hold of your assembly or mayor and ask to remove it… or face the elction booth.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

The Dirty Little “Secret”:

The reason that politician supporters of Open Borders want it is so that they and/or their campaign contributors can have serf labor. They would probably prefer actual out-and-out slaves but that is illegal.

Open Borders Democrats also want it so that those who are now illegal can become legal and vote for them, or vote for them anyway.

Does anyone think that many of these Open Borders politicians really care one wit otherwise for the illegals.

Does anyone think that any of the Open Borders politicians are going to invite these Mexican Indios and Mezclados to join their elite/exclusive golf clubs?

Come to live in their gated communities, other than as servants?

Invite them to their yachts, other than as low paid deck hands and/or servants?

Invite them to their cocktail parties?

Introduce them to their daughters?

The big majority of the Mexicans who have come here/will come here are Indios and Mezclados, not the Spanish descendant fair-skinned ruling class of Mexico. This is a form of ethnic cleansing by Mexico’s ruling class.

So these Open Borders politicians are aiding and abetting and facilitating ethnic cleansing.

If the U.N. were not such a joke, they would all be standing trial for trying to reintroduce a form of latter-day-slavery in the United States and for the mass ethnic cleansing of Mexico.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Arizona needs to pull out all the stops. Stop making stupid threats about cutting power. Do it. And more some.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

The utilities commissioner wasn’t threatening to pull the plug he was chastising LA for grandstanding and if they meant what they said they would give up ownership. The California utilities have minor ownership in the plants and other contractual obligations.

If Ice refuses to process the illegal’s Arizona should file suit. Expecting the Justice department to do anything is hopeless.

whbates on May 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Will Arizona back down? I’m asking in all seriousness.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Why should they? Why should anyone back down? States were formed to be their own entity… not be ruled hundreds or thousands of miles away. States are like little Nations. And those in the Federal Gov know this… they just choose not to listen or care.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

If the feds can’t handle this issue, fine; just don’t cry when state and local governments decide that they can.

Some of the best words you have written AP… Short and right on target! Good on you.

Keemo on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

How would pulling the power in LA make the feds deport people?

Those are two seprate issues.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Point was that they need to be doing something proactive. The power cutting thing would cause a lot of turmoil and create a lot of tension, which wouldn’t just be contained in LA and AZ. Eventually one side will have to give.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

clearbluesky on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Yeah, amazing that the law in Farmers Branch was to not rent to illegals and they pitched a fit and won! What part of illegal do they not understand?

TXMomof3 on May 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I love the idea of busing them to San Diego (and San FanFreakShow, and Austin, TX, and Columbus, Ohio, and Boston, MA, and all the other illegal sanctuary cities in the US). Just drop them off in front of their welfare offices…

Fuzzlenutter on May 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM

If Ice refuses to process the illegal’s Arizona should file suit. Expecting the Justice department to do anything is hopeless.

whbates on May 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

To which the courts will likely side with the feds claiming that AZ has no jurisdiction with regard to immigration and therefore no standing under which to sue the feds.

In so many countless ways, our system of government has failed and or been taken over by those bent on destroying it and us.

With every passing week, I lose more confidence that elections have any hope of fixing/changing it anymore.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Since this scenario has already played out here in Texas, i can tell you how it’ll go when cities try to enforce immigration law. The illegal enablers will take cities like Costa Mesa to court and then have their friends in the media play up how much court costs are until the local pols popularity plummets for spending money on court costs. It’s exactly what they did in Farmers Branch Texas and it unfortunately worked. The entire story became about court costs instead of the illegals.

clearbluesky on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Good to know.

I think AZ is up for a court fight. And I think we would win.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Fire him. He can while away his days wearing a sandwich board and marching around outside Jan Brewer’s office instead of leeching taxpayer money for not doing his job.

AP, how do you really feel?

InTheBellyoftheBeast on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Can someone ask the Idiot in Chief whether we still have borders or not?

WisCon on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

The California utilities have minor ownership in the plants and other contractual obligations.

If Ice refuses to process the illegal’s Arizona should file suit. Expecting the Justice department to do anything is hopeless.

whbates on May 20, 2010 at 8:05 PM

And the man who sent the letter stated that they can put pressure on those suppliers.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Can someone ask the Idiot in Chief whether we still have borders or not?

WisCon on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

you sure you want an answer? Canada may be merging with us if you ask that question.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I am hereby resigning from the office of the Presidency. I will spend some of my time trying to forgive myself for making America worse off when I could have made America better off with the same effort and I will spend the rest of my life living in a hut with my half-brother in Kenya studying Islamic horticulture.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Works for me. You can lead a horticulture,but you can’t make him think.

katy the mean old lady on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

ICE chief: We might not process illegals referred to us by Arizona

Oh man this is awesome. And he’s exactly right. It’s the job of the federal government. And the federal government is under no obligation to deal with illegal immigrants states dump on them.

If the feds can’t handle this issue, fine; just don’t cry when state and local governments decide that they can.

What a stupid talking point.

Thought Experiment for ya.

Back in 2006, when the failure of the federal government to “do its job” in Iraq became clear, several liberal states send their own lightly-trained state troops there to carry out independent operations. They dump detainees and prisoners on the federal government after processing them through discriminatory and arbitrary procedures. They aren’t nearly as well-trained to deal with the conditions on the ground as the federal troops.

Would you support that?

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

This is beyond the unbelievable and goes into the realm of insanity. The Feds refuse to do their job, then in the same breath say it’s is their job, not the states, but they might not do it. What has happened to this country? What kind of nuts have we got running it?

jeanie on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I’ve lost the toggles above the entry screen….anyone else? (can’t quote, strike, etc)

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM

What an absolute joke and an insult to the citizens of this nation he’s supposed to be protecting.

Can you imagine if the FBI was handed a terrorist suspect that local cops apprehended and they decided that no, we don’t like local cops enforcing Federal laws, so I think we’re just not going to prosecute. Insane.

Let the politicians deal with the politics. YOU DO YOUR JOB.

MikeknaJ on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

If the feds can’t handle this issue, fine; just don’t cry when state and local governments decide that they can.

Some of the best words you have written AP… Short and right on target! Good on you.

Keemo on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Yep, great words – and in the end, mean nothing, really.

The feds won’t ‘cry’, they’ll simply not allow AZ to do what AZ wants to do. And AZ will then do… what?

We keep thinking that the rule of law will apply as it has in years past. Unfortunately, we’re no longer really a nation of laws. Congress and the President simply do what they want, ignore the laws they find inconvenient, pass new laws (and promptly ignore them if they feel like it), etc.

The rule of law no longer applies here.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

So to summarize:

1. Arizona acts because of the failure of the federal government to enforce imigration laws.

2. The President and his administration complain because a state has assumed a role that is the responsibility of the federal government

3. As a protest to this ursurpation of federal authority, the federal government states that it will further refuse to enforce the law. (feedback loop to item #1)

Brilliant logic there.

Scrappy on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Arizona will have no choice but to back down and cower like a whooped puppy dog if we the people don’t stand firmly behind them. I send the governor of Arizona an email with my support every night. I’m sending as many of those attacking her and her state emails every night also. I’ll do more if I get good advise and direction. We must stand behind this brave woman and the people of Az…

I can’t even begin to describe to you all the disdain and anger I have for Mexico and their President. My anger for my own President can’t get any greater or deeper without causing myself internal problems. Mexico and it’s people are very high on my sh*t list right about now.

Keemo on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

cmsinaz.. get a new window up and just re-login in.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

States are like little Nations. And those in the Federal Gov know this… they just choose not to listen or care.

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I totally agree. But the pressure on governors who take a stand against the Feds is huge. I don’t think AZ will cave but hey, I didn’t think Stupak would cave either.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Is there a way for Congress to even make him do his job, if he doesn’t and Obama doesn’t replace him, is there any way to force him to do his job as president besides impeachment?

cpaulus on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Can always count on you to show up and say something ridiculous, eh? Even for you that was a pretty tremendously weak strawman, though.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Immigration Policy in the USA
==================================

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/70xx/doc7051/02-28-Immigration.pdf

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

What kind of nuts have we got running it?

jeanie on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Psychopaths. Pyromaniacs.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

From the Constitution Ast. II sect. 3

he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, …

He isn’t, get a judge to issue a writ of mandamus and then Impeach him.

LifeofTheMind on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Megyn Kelly just did a segment on O Reilly explaining the previous SCOTUS ruling allowing the man to pull over anyone for no reason and ask for their ‘papers’..

hope these lawsuits wind up forcing the Feds to reimburse AZ for having to detain illegals ICE will not take into custody

wouldnt that be awesome??!

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

This is just craziness. It’s almost as if the Federal Government is rebelling against the American People. Throw ‘em out. Get ‘em out asap.

ronsfi on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Can always count on you to show up and say something ridiculous, eh?

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

It was ridiculous. And it’s roughly analogous to what you support. That’s the point.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

Funny story: We don’t pay you to express your moral objections to law. We pay you to enforce the law. Don’t like it? Resign.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I appreciate the idea, but right now we really do have the moral high ground, reguardless of what the media is saying.

Summer is comming. People will die trying to get here. Children will die. Every year dead bodies are found in the desert.

About once a month or so there will be a house exposed with 60 people living in it as a drop house. People will be found gagged and tied up, girls raped. Sometimes they are found dead too.

There will be executed bodies dropped in the desert because someone couldn’t come up with any more ransome to save their families.

All these things are on the heads of Obama and everyone who opposes the laws that could stop it.

All of that death could be stopped.

But for political gain our President and his party want it to continue.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

“When the police don’t obey the law, there is no law.” — Billy Jack

GnuBreed on May 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Can always count on you to show up and say something ridiculous, eh?

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

It was ridiculous. And it’s roughly analogous to what you support. That’s the point.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:14 PM

No, it’s not even roughly analogous, that’s what makes it a strawman rather than a valid or meaningful hypothetical thought experiment.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Funny story: We don’t pay you to express your moral objections to law. We pay you to enforce the law. Don’t like it? Resign.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

We pay federal officials to enforce state laws? News to me.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

When Arizona starts to deport without the aid of the feds and Mexico refuses reentry, can we create a ‘little Palestine’ along our boarder?

AnotherOpinion on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

thanks!!

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Arizonans: Executive Summary
=================================

http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters5e3f

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

No, it’s not even roughly analogous, that’s what makes it a strawman rather than a valid or meaningful hypothetical thought experiment.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Oh, ok!

Why?

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

So what do you guys think – are the threats going to work? Will Arizona back down? I’m asking in all seriousness.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

80%+ of Americans polled….support Arizona. There is some backing down to be done, and it ain’t Arizona that needs to do it.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Back in 2006, when the failure of the federal government to “do its job” in Iraq became clear, several liberal states send their own lightly-trained state troops there to carry out independent operations. They dump detainees and prisoners on the federal government after processing them through discriminatory and arbitrary procedures. They aren’t nearly as well-trained to deal with the conditions on the ground as the federal troops.

Would you support that?

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I’m all for liberal states sending liberal troops to kill terrorists and take prisoners. And I’m pretty sure Bush would’ve processed the detainees.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

From Art. IV, sect 4

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union … and shall protect each of them against Invasion

The State of Arizona can claim standing.

LifeofTheMind on May 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Keemo

AZ GOP is asking for donations using Gov Brewer now too if anyone is interested in sending them some dillys

from the email:

..President Obama recently mocked Arizona and Governor Brewer’s immigration reforms at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Obama’s “joke” was inappropriate, out of bounds, and un-presidential. Governor Brewer responded with a video highlighting the problem and President Obama’s fundamental lack of understanding of Arizona’s immigration and border security problems. …

..Governor Brewer has been wrongfully attacked and vilified by the liberal left and the mainstream media in America. Now, more than ever, she needs our support to continue fighting this battle and working to do the job that the Obama administration won’t do…

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

AP, can you please post some contact info for Mr. Knows Best?

JusDreamin on May 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

All these things are on the heads of Obama and everyone who opposes the laws that could stop it.

All of that death could be stopped.

But for political gain our President and his party want it to continue.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

And yet the nitwits will come along (we know who they are) and say that all of that death is on the heads of the anti-illegal immigration folks. If we’d simply back off, you see, those folks wouldn’t have to go through that process, they could simply cross the border safely, without having to worry about ‘staying in the shadows’, etc.

It’s all *our* fault, you see. You know you can see this line of reasoning coming from *them*, dontcha?

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

How is it that government employees feel “empowered” to ignore the duties of their jobs?

If you have an enforcement role, the fact that you don’t like the law is irrelevant. If you want to be a conscientious objector, quit your job in protest. Do you job or don’t come back tomorrow, you weak-minded child.

ROCnPhilly on May 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I’m all for liberal states sending liberal troops to kill terrorists and take prisoners. And I’m pretty sure Bush would’ve processed the detainees.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Midas thinks you’re ridiculous.

As do I, really. You think it’s wise to have individual states pursue their own foreign policies? I (and the Founders) would disagree.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

We pay federal officials to enforce state laws? News to me.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

No, we pay federal officials to enforce federal laws. His job is to deport people in the country illegally. If someone handed over to him is truly an illegal alien, his job is to deport the illegal alien. Not issue a commentary on the state law that got the illegal alien into his custody.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

We pay federal officials to enforce state laws? News to me.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Well, there is all that free time they have not enforcing federal law.

katy the mean old lady on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Immigration Counters

Real-Time
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http://immigrationcounters.com/

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I called the Gov. Perry’s office today asking that his administration offer a statement of support for Arizona against the Thug Administration. I hope you do it Gov. Perry, we may be Obama’s next target. He may have Chavez give a speech before Congress talking about how evil Texans are. The states need to stick together.

Weight of Glory on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

With every passing week, I lose more confidence that elections have any hope of fixing/changing it anymore.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I agree and think more and more people feel the same way. This is a dangerous situation and I don’t think the political class realize the trouble this could cause. I get the sense from people I talk to that most all trust in the government has dissipated.

whbates on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Missy

no lol AZ aint ‘backing down’
SC is joining us, was it here in headlines or NRO maybe, but anywho they are joining us

we need the first Critter to make the awesome campaign ad using the standing O the Dems gave today and then the ball will start rolling

on Twitter the critters are already playing ‘whose fault is it immigration failed’ game, Graham and Gutierrez were both bashing Obama on it to Dana Bash per her twitter feed

they thought it would be a new iteration of the tired race card play but it is blowing up in their faces, if the GOP has the guts to fight on this issue Americans will support them the way they are supporting AZ

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

80%+ of Americans polled….support Arizona. There is some backing down to be done, and it ain’t Arizona that needs to do it.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

True but they successfully opposed the majority when they passed Obamacare, too.

I’m 100% on Arizona’s side here – I’m just trying to read the tea leaves.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Thanks, will do so now and as often as possible. I live in Montana, but my heart and soul are in Arizona. Talk about a battleground state…

Keemo on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Barry say “Screw Americans,..Screw Legal immigrants,..and screw all those who have lost a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien”!….cuz he’s got,..Acorn, Seiu and illegals to get him the vote!

christene on May 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM

ginaswo on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

I sure hope you’re right. More states signing on would be a huge boost.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Oh, ok!

Why?

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Ok, nitwit.

Because states have no direct or pertinent interest in what happens in Iraq. Whether the federal government is prosecuting the war (“doing its job”) well there or not, there’s not a single state in the US that would look at that and determine that the direct interests of their state and state citizens demand that said state send armed forces to Iraq all on their own.

*bzzzzt* Thanks for playing.

Midas on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

This is an excellent example of the political elites’ selective enforcement of criminals. They undermine the entire system, which is based on the rule of law, by choosing to predictably disregard certain crimes. Just like an undisciplined child, criminals learn which violations will not be punished and multiply their felonious behavior. We will have more situations like the Robert Krentz murder on Palm Sunday and the administration will do nothing to curb the violence.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Weight of Glory on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Amen!!! Very good point.

Keemo on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Midas thinks you’re ridiculous.

As do I, really. You think it’s wise to have individual states pursue their own foreign policies? I (and the Founders) would disagree.

crr6 on May 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

No, I was being slightly sarcastic until the Bush part. Liberal states sending liberal troops to kill terrorists and take prisoners seemed a tad ridiculous.

But while we’re on the subject of separate foreign policy, Democrats had no problem visiting Syria despite Bush’s role as the guy in charge of conducting foreign affairs.

amerpundit on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

This is FAIR’s latest sudy 2010,
the first link,is 2004,I believe,
sorry on that one!
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New FAIR Fiscal Study Reveals Massive Increase in Arizona’s Illegal Immigration Costs
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http://www.maricopagop.org/2010/05/18/new-fair-fiscal-study-reveals-massive-increase-in-arizonas-illegal-immigration-costs/

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

True but they successfully opposed the majority when they passed Obamacare, too.

I’m 100% on Arizona’s side here – I’m just trying to read the tea leaves.

Missy on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM

they’ll pay for that …. as well as for this. In spades.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM

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