Causing 'Significant Foreign Relations Problems'
CNS News -- The lawyer arguing for the Obama administration against provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law said Wednesday that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds S.B. 1070 “mass incarceration” of Latinos would cause “significant foreign relations problems.”
During oral arguments before the high court on the law – which allows state police to check the immigration status of individuals stopped, detained or arrested for other reasons – Solicitor General Donald Verrilli responded to Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks that Arizona seems to be merely enacting laws that are already federal statutes.
“Well, what I think they are going to do in Arizona is something quite extraordinary, that has significant real and practical foreign relations effects,” Verrilli said. “And that's the problem, and it's the reason why this power needs to be vested exclusively in the federal government.”
Verrilli said Arizona’s “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” takes that power away from the government and gives it to the state.
“And so – so, you’re going to have a situation of mass incarceration of people who are unlawfully present,” he argued. “That is going to raise – poses a very serious risk of raising significant foreign relations problems.
Justice Anthony Kennedy responded: “So you’re saying the government has a legitimate interest in not enforcing its laws?”
“No,” Verrilli replied. “We have a legitimate interest in enforcing the law, of course, but it needs to be – but these – this court has said over and over again, has recognized that the balance of interest that has to be achieved in enforcing the immigration laws is exceedingly delicate and complex, and it involves consideration of foreign relations, it involves humanitarian concerns...[...]
“It seems to me that the federal government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally,” commented Chief Justice John Roberts.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law two years ago. Several groups, including the Department of Justice, challenged the law in court.
Only eight justices will decide the case since Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because of her work on immigration during her tenure as Solicitor General.
The court is expected to rule on the case by the end of its current term this summer. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Utah have proposed or enacted similar legislation.
Blog author's comments - The lawyer arguing for the Obama administration against Arizona’s immigration law said that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds S.B. 1070 “mass incarceration” of Latinos would cause “significant foreign relations problems.” - If a crime is committed, then incarcerate them.
What does “foreign relations problems” have to do with illegals breaking our immigration laws? If the federal government will not enforce the laws then the state should be able to administer the laws and protect its citizens. It appears that the elected officials in Arizona take this seriously unlike most of the Democrats in the federal government.
Obama wants illegals here because to him they are potential Democratic Party voters. Hopefully Arizona wins this one and can begin to gain control of the illegals.