The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on grounds that the state's new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives and will seek a preliminary injunction to stop the legislation from taking effect, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.You know, they're right on one point - enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility ... a responsibility at which the Federal Government is failing miserably.
The lawsuit, which three sources said could be filed as early as Tuesday, will invoke for its main argument the legal doctrine of "preemption," which is based on the Constitution's supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. Justice Department officials believe that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility, the sources said.
Arizona has written the law in a way that complements existing federal laws, not replaces them. And anyone with an 8th grade education can see that the Arizona law will not infringe on American's lives, rights, or liberties. It is only those who are in our country illegally who need worry ... and then only if they break the law.
Look, I understand why people want to live and work here. You'll be hard-pressed to find another country that offers the freedoms and the possibility of achieving your dreams that America offers. But we have rules on how one comes here and becomes an American. Many of us have the benefit of birth to American parents on American soil. Some of us have been blessed to have followed the rules and became naturalized Americans. But far too many people are breaking those rules ... spitting in the face of every person who followed our laws and demanding that they be treated the same way.
You want to be an American? You want to be part of our rich national tapestry? You want to partake of our wealth and our freedoms? Then do the right thing ... the hard thing ... and follow our goddamn laws.
As for our Federal Government - shame on you! It is your responsibility to protect our borders and our sovereignty. It is your job to enforce our immigration laws. If you were performing your duties, your citizenry wouldn't have to pass local laws to do what you're supposed to be doing.
Do your goddamn job already!