(orig. pub. 12/7/10 @ FreeReinMedia.com)
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin examining an Arizona law that sanctions businesses for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Apparently, to pass an immigration law anymore, it helps to be any country other than the United States.
At issue, business and civil groups, with the blessing of the Obama adminstration are arguing that the law unconstitutionally pre-empts federal authority, as their stance is the federal government is the only entity allowed to enforce immigration laws.
What started the problem was the fact the law, for lack of a better word, was successful. Since January 2008, three investigations have led to civil cases being filed against businesses, but the monkey wrench is the 131 illegal immigrants arrested on various criminal charges, not the least was identity theft and using forged documentation to get work. That means the law is targeting workers more than employers, so let's all get warmed up for the whining.
The complaint should be that if the federal government is the only one allowed to enforce immigration law, then why in the name of holy damn on a blue china plate have they refused to do so? It has been the utter failure at every level by the federal government to address the illegal immigration issue, enforce border security, or even deport the illegal immigrants they do arrest, that has led border states to try to do something, anything to stem the flow of illegals and related crime in their states.
This so-called complaint about the law targeting workers over employers is no different than the disparity in the War on Drugs. The kingpins are never the ones doing the perp walks, it's always the schmoe slinging dime bags just trying to keep his head above water. No one complains when a traffic stop produces some copious amount of narcotics- it's a product of the investigation, even if it started out as a speeding investigation or a broken license plate light. The fact that illegal immigrants are getting arrested in this investigations is absolutely no different.
To this day, I am still completely baffled as to why people in this country do not have a grasp of the word "illegal." There are very few circumstances in which someone can get caught breaking the law, and get no punishment whatsoever (see wealth or celebrity), but the lack of stones or utter disinterest of the federal government should not be one of them.
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