Monday June 25, 2012, 8:16 am
I know very little about the decision, and expect to write more in the next few days. In short, even with Kagan recused, the error in Arizona’s law was so blatant that the Republican activists on the Court, with exceptions (Scalia, Thomas and Alito), could not find an excuse to uphold it.
Just shut-up and give me your papers. Or how to prove your an American if your skin is dark.
The Supreme Court of INJustice strikes again. We need real, up to date, 21st century immigration laws, not the Supreme 5 sending opinions of right wing politics pretending to be constitutional.
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:20 pm
"Yes, Governor Brewer, I will stand with you to Secure Our Border," the petition reads. "President Obama and the federal government has [sic] failed to do its job so we must stand united to protect America!" …
In my view, the only protection that America needs is from the fanatical evangelical Christian right wing nut Republican/Teabaggers who infest the government and the land like voracious vermin (think Willard, the 4 legged kind) destroying the rights of all true Americans in order to advance their own warped and demented agenda of kowtowing to the 1% and corporations. The 1% are not real Americans as they seem to think that changing their citizenship and holding secret stashes off-shore just to avoid taxes is just fine!
"State laws on immigration are required because the federal government has refused to enforce its own immigration policies," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. "We will analyze the Supreme Court opinion to see what potential effect it might have on the provisions of Alabama's law." …
If fair and equal enforcement is what you want Bentley, then perhaps you should have a chat with the Congressional leaders about approving the AJA that would put workers back on the job. And, have you not listened to your own "fearless flea-bitten leader", Willard Rmoney, who says that police, firefighters and teachers are not needed? If that is the case, from whence will the enforcement officers come? And then there is the Republican/Teabagger obstructionist Congress who won't approve even a modest tax increase for the wealthiest Americans, a tax increase that would help pay for this action you so much desire.
"The author of the Arizona SB1070 law is Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri at Kansas City law professor. Kobach also authored Alabama's controversial immigration law, HB56.
Kobach is currently Kansas Secretary of State and works for the Immigration Law Reform Institute in Washington."
How does Kris Kobach hold down 3 different jobs and do any of them well? I read just a bit about him in Wikipedia, and with such a seemingly stellar biography, it is a shame that he chooses to be so mired in the Republican/Teabagger agenda?
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:37 pm
Hmmm perhaps it's time to start a conversation about supreme court justice impeachment. Between "citizens united" and the possiblity of striking down President Obama's healthcare law maybe it's something worth considering.
The Roberts Court’s rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age. If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them.
You think the idea is laughable? Thomas Jefferson disagreed with you.
Jefferson believed Supreme Court justices who undermine the principles of the Constitution ought to be impeached, and that wasn’t just idle talk. During his presidency, Jefferson led the effort to oust Justice Samuel Chase, arguing that Chase was improperly seizing power. The Senate acquitted Chase in 1805, and no Justice has been impeached since, but as the Supreme Court threatens to nullify the health-care law, Jefferson’s idea is worth revisiting.
The problem with the current court is not merely that there is a good chance it will strike down a clearly constitutional law. The problem is that this decision would be the latest salvo in what seems to be a sustained effort on the part of the Roberts Court to return the country to the Gilded Age.
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:56 pm
They tried to impeach Clinton for far less. I am with you Edwin, this is a serious matter and the people need to seek justice and protection of our very constitution. It has been a systematic effort they have been working for decades now, to chisel it away, create a false flag operation (9/11), then take the rest. Its a very insideous plot, and those Repugs/tbags who think they are doing something good are going to be shocked when they realize the extent of it all, assuming that some are just clueless zealots believing that the end justifies the means. The devil has no loyalties to anyone but his own circle of closest accomplices after all the the destruction has been wreaked.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 4:36 am
The Supremes got the lyrics wrong and once again issued a confusing ruling. By leaving the "shoe me your papers" which is the heart of the AZ law, they've supported it while making it untenable to use. The administration immediately jumped in and destroyed what was years of immigration cooperation between law enforcemnt and immigration. A totally screwed up mess.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 7:14 am
Is Edwin is correct, how do we go about starting to impeach them? Can it really be done? I don't have any answers on what we can do and feel helpless to the decisions of SCOTUS and the 5 thugs running it.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 10:50 am
Thanks Tom. SB1070 is flawed beyond words and just another attempt by AZ's GOP to legalize their nationalism and protectionism not to mention their blatent racism and xenophobia.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 11:58 am
Did Arizona Win or Lose in the Supreme Court?
As with so many things to today’s reporting on politics, it all depends on your point of view. MSNBC’s story is headlined “High court strikes down key parts of Arizona immigration law.” The Wall Street Journal story is headlined “Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Arizona Law.” Maybe because they are in the middle (sort of) of the country, the Chicago Tribune story is headlined “Supreme Court strikes down part of Arizona crackdown on illegal immigrants.” The Tribune got it right. Part of the law was upheld, part was invalidated. Everyone can, and will, claim to be a winner. You can read the Supreme Court’s opinion here.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:23 pm
The constitution does not permit states to take over federal rights--also will apply to abortion and other hot issues at the moment...this challenge was strictly on the issue above--the antidiscrimination challenge was not decided and will be in a separate case regarding who AZ asks for papers...and in the meantime, the feds have ended AZ's authority to assist them on deportation efforts and will only act on cases meeting federal priorities...significant progress to restore rights violated since AZ began complying with this law
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:00 pm
Agree with J.L. A.'s assessment. Arizona cannot act as state ICE agents enforcing Federal immigration laws. They cannot stop a person just on suspicion of immigration status--that provision was struck down. Federal law already gives law enforcement agencies in all the states the right to contact the federal government to check status after an arrest/detention is made for separate violations. The court is saying It cannot determine if the remaining provision will violate federal law until they see how it is enforced. The ruling stipulates that no one can be detained for additional time just to run a document check. If that happens Arizona will be back in court and that provision can be struck down too. This ruling tells Arizona they got it VERY wrong. That doesn't mean the GOP hooligans and inepts aren't going to abuse it anyway. Hopefully individuals and families will not be harmed before attorneys step in.