The rumored action by the Federal Government to sue Arizona over its new immigration law has apparently been confirmed by Justice Department officials and now has been officially announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano.
This action is despite Arizona Democrats almost pleading with the Obama Administration not to take this action.
I think the move is ethically right but politically unnecessary as the ACLU is already challenging the law.
According to the AP, “The lawsuit will argue that Arizona's law requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops usurps federal authority.”
I have to be honest, I don’t see that.
If you stop someone because he has violated some state law, why is it a usurping of authority to detain him upon suspicion that he is also breaking some federal law? I would think police agencies do this all the time.
I think the ACLU claim that the law discriminates against Hispanics, and would cause racial profiling, is of much greater concern.
If the federal government is incapable of enforcing the law then it’s not surprising that the states under the greatest pressure do to that lack of enforcement are stepping in to enforce it for them. This is a lot better than a gun totting public taking it into its own hands. That would be the first step toward anarchy.
I don’t particularly like the Arizona law but I understand the frustration and why they felt action was necessary. I think the Obama Administration is wrong and it should sit on the sidelines while the ACLU lawsuit works its way through the courts.