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Supreme Court Hearing Immigration Arguments

April 25, 2012 by  

Supreme Court Hearing Immigration Arguments
A group of undocumented immigrants waits to be processed by Border Patrol agents in Arizona.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today regarding the United States’ inefficient immigration system  as it considers Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration reform law.

With nearly 11 million illegal aliens in the country and conflicting views about what to do with them, the arguments will focus on whether the Federal government is the only authority over immigration issues or if States like Arizona have roles to play as well.

“It’s Arizona’s right to protect its citizens,” said former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R), who was the author and main force behind Arizona’s law, in an interview with Fox News Latino. “States have inherent police powers. This law takes the political handcuffs off law enforcement in cracking down on undocumented immigrants.”

Some States, like Alabama, have moved forward with Arizona-type immigration reforms despite making changes to clear legal hurdles; others will likely wait until the Court makes a decision about the Constitutionality of such laws this summer. According to Pearce, there are 34 States waiting for the decision to move forward with similar legislation.

A Pew report released on Monday says that in recent years, illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico has decreased sharply for the first time in two decades.

The report says:

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.

The standstill appears to be the result of many factors, including the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates and changing economic conditions in Mexico.

More information about the Supreme Court and the Arizona Immigration law can be found here.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Sirian

    We will have to be patient and wait for the final decision by the SCOTUS. From that and that alone will determine as to what level of self protection states will be permitted to enforce in relation to immigration. Be patient, it’s one of the hardest things to do, but it may result in a much better approach to this problem on a whole.

    • Donald York

      I only hope a reasonable decision is made about illegal immigration. We have a serious problem in our country not having enough jobs for our own citizens.Mexico should work to take care of its own citizens. Print more pesos sen~or.

    • s c

      Sirian, it needs to be said that by ignoring America’s open borders, Washington and Obummer are knowingly in violation of the CONSTITUTION. Any prez who knowingly and willingly violates the laws of the CONSTITUTION is not fit for office.
      We can only hope and pray that the Supreme Court will put America’s elected losers in their place.
      HOW can we have people in America who have to be reminded that a prez takes an OATH to uphold laws AND the CONSTITUTION? If they can live with THAT, then we are truly infested with domestic enemies.

  • Randy131

    It would seem to me that every state has the authority to make immigration laws for their own state only, that would not affect other states, as was the 10th Amendment designed for. But Arizona’s law copies the federal law, so as to give Arizona’s law enforcement agencies the legal authority and right to enforce the federal law, which Obama refuses to do, in order to protect the citizens of Arizona from these illegal immigrants, which the federal goverment is purposely remiss to do.

    • Ellen

      The federal government needs the help of every state in order to implement our federal immigration laws. This is because the states are the ones who find the illegals via traffic stops/accidents or other crimes committed. Local law enforcement handles those crimes. Expecting the fed to handle these crimes is as stupid as expecting the fed to find burglars or rapists in a community. Yet, as stupid as that argument is, that is the Justice Dept’s argument in this case.

  • cawmun cents

    In a case where a law is broken,there cannot be a notion that because it is done in the plight of an individual and their current condition,it is just to break.If this is true then any law is subject to be broken under the same context.What we have here is the failure of the lawmakers to quickly render a decision regarding this simple condition.
    The law is there and binding,or it is not.
    It is really that simple.Arguments to the contrary are not part of the conditions involved.
    For a law to be binding there has to be an understanding that it will be enforced should someone take that law into their own hands and break it.We do not seem to have this condition in mind when we seek to let some folks break the law,and others to be bound by it.Why should many take the lawful necessary steps to citizenship,if others get to skate by,skirting the law,so that voting blocks can be obtained for various parties of political affiliation.This clearly makes no sense to the average layperson,on the societal level of seeking to justify why some laws are staunchly observed,and yet others are subject to the winds of political change.So we have a state that wishes to make its statutes known by creating a standard by which it can ensure that there is no misinterpretation of the law in question.Some who seem to be intent on fostering the question of whether such laws are pertinent,take opposition to this practice.
    But the question would then have to be,one of whether the existing law was being enforced to begin with.That at least would seem to lend itself to the argument of whther the existing law was valid according to how it was enforced by those which created it,and have the obligation of esuring that it is not broken without fear of consequence.
    Otherwise there has to be statutes enacted in order for the state in question to be able to protect itself under law,whether existing or pending legislatively,so there can be no question as to whether the law will be enforced.
    Sans the jargonistic terms,folks think they ought to have a right to protect themselves.Especially when the entity which is supposed to be doing exactly that,has failed miserably in its enforcement of existing law.

  • Bert Cundle Sr.

    The Federal Government is Neglecting its DUTIES, by Not Inforcing the Immigration Laws themselves Vigeriously! (Not with Amnasty, or Voteing in foreign languages.)
    I remember the Truck Stop on I-405m by State of California. ( Closed Down Now.) We have one of the Largest Ports in the world. Boxes stacked in the Thousands… with who knows what in them & from where… & What is ready to leave! We must trust Federal government, to Secure our Safety! State & Local Athorities must help!

  • Douglas

    God help America if the Federal Government is the only Law enforcers and policy writers of Laws. When the Federal Government controls our States Law Enforcement rights, we will be in the final stages of dictatorship. The idea that the United Nation has become the Laws of America has been pointed out by the Head of the Justice Department and Homeland Security, as well as the director of our DOD…when asked if they felt that Congress should be considered when engaging into war….Penetta (?) suggested that they should be advised, but the UN has the final say and of course the Pres. If Americans don’t wake up and stop the madness in Washington then you will get what you failed to see or acknowledge!

  • Cpt

    We all know why obumer won’t due anything about OUR borders, he is counting on their votes this fall and the rest of the minorities !

  • Roger L. Cooper, Col. USAF (Ret.),

    Penetta is fair and well intentioned, but to intrust the security of our nation to the UN is absurd!

    • s c

      Colonel, to ENtrust a responsible position to someone like Panetta is beyond absurd. It is insane. Panetta is a suck-up, and is no better than Obummer. Have you ever met an adult who works for the U N who is blessed with common sense or any modicum of reason?

  • lee

    All states need to enforce immigration laws.I sure am sorry that these other countries cant protect their citizens but we the people should not be blamed for their problems.Clean up your own countries, take some responsibility for your selves and stop crying.

  • Randy G

    If the Supereme Court does not support SB1070 in its entirity., they should be Recalled & disbarred as traitors to the USA.

    • lee

      i agree. bar them all if our laws are not enforced. They made the laws, now enforce them.

  • GaryTraditionalUltraConservative

    The U.S. Federal Government very easily and very self conveniently forgets that the U.S. Federal Government is ultimately answerable and to be held 100% accountable to each and every State in the Union. We The People in each of the 50 States are the Bosses of every appointed and elected Federal Government Public Servant serving the people in any capacity. We The People pay the salaries of each and every appointed and elected Public Servant in the U.S. Federal Government. The States were the original founders of the U.S. Federal Government and the Constitution is the LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT that the U.S. Federal Government is BOUND BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW to always respect, honor, obey, enforce and to fulfill with each and every Sovereign State in the Union. The U.S. Federal Government is required by Constitutional Law, which is a Legally Binding Contract, to always uphold, protect, defend, preserve, ENFORCE and OBEY the ENTIRE Constitution and Bill Of Rights everywhere at all times with absolutely NO Exceptions of any types anywhere at any time, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CONDITIONS OF ANY TYPES ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME and with absolutely NO Excuses of any types anywhere at any time by order of We The People in each and everyone of the 50 Sovereign States and not by the egotistical opportunistic political whims of Obama, Hypocrite Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, etc., etc.. We The People of the Sovereign State of Arizona have publicly and officially fired the U.S. Federal Government and handed them their pink slips in the form of SB1070 which is the State of Arizona’s Voice of We The People of the Sovereign State of Arizona TO NOTIFY AND OFFICIALLY INFORM the U.S. Federal Government that they are FIRED for willfully deliberate and intentional DERELICTION of the Federal Government’s MANDATORY Constitutionally and Contractually Legally Binding OBLIGATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES and DUTIES. The Federal Government has knowingly, voluntarily, deliberately, intentionally, purposely and willfully placed illegal alien Foreign Nationals ABOVE THE LAW by deliberately, intentionally and willfully refusing to honor and perform their MANDATORY public sacred sworn oaths to always uphold, protect, defend, preserve, OBEY and ENFORCE the ENTIRE Constitution and Bill Of Rights everywhere at all times with absolutely NO Exceptions of any types anywhere at any time, with absolutely NO conditions of any types anywhere at any time and with absolutely NO excuses of any types anywhere at any time. Employees do not strong arm and bully their Bosses and force their Bosses to run and operate a business in any way, shape or form unless of course those employees have an insatiable and desperate desire and need to be immediately fired and terminated from their place of employment. Think of Arizona’s Anti-illegal immigartion Bill, SB1070, as the official pink slip of termination of employment that was handed to the U.S. Federal Government for the U.S. Federal Government willfully, deliberately and intentionally BEARKING THE CONTRACT, aka the Constitution, with We The People of the Sovereign State of Arizona, by the U.S. Federal Government voluntarily, deliberately, intentionally and willfully REFUSING to uphold, protect, defend, preserve, OBEY and ENFORCE all of the United States Federal Immigration Laws everywhere at all times and deliberately and intentionally REFUSING to seriously, credibly, genuinely and legitimately secure, protect and defend the United States sovereign border with Mexico. Also, the U.S. Federal Government maliciously and surreptitiously falsely claiming that the U.S. Federal Immigration system is broken is very similar to “the Little Old Lady Of Pasadena” calling the TV repairman and claiming that her television set is broken, and after the TV repaiman arrives at the little old Lady’s house in Pasadena, the TV repairman immediately discovers that the little old Lady’s TV set is in fact NOT PLUGGED INTO THE ELECTRIC WALL SOCKET, and after the TV repairman plugs the TV electric cord into the electric wall socket, the TV repairman very carefully and very thoroughly checks the TV set and reports to the little old Lady, that her TV set is in perfect working condition, and that her TV set was never broken at all and that her TV set will only work when her TV set is ACTUALLY PLUGGED INTO THE ELECTRIC WALL SOCKET. The United States Federal Government needs to STOP Lying to the American People by maliciously and surreptitiously falsely claiming that the United States Federal Immigration system is mysteriously “broken”. We The People’s United States Federal Immigration System is not “broken” in any way, shape or form. Instead the United States Federal Immigration system SIMPLY NEEDS TO BE PLUGGED INTO THE GODDAMED ELECTRIC WALL SOCKET in order for the U.S. Federal Immigration system to ever work at all. Simply stated, the United States Federal Government needs to STOP Lying to the American People about a mysteriously “broken” system, and instead, the U.S. Federal Government needs to OBEY and ENFORCE ALL of the CURRENT United States Federal Immigration Laws everywhere at all times with absolutely NO Exceptions of any types anywhere at any time, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CONDITIONS OF ANY TYPES ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME and with absolutely NO Excuses of any types anywhere at any time. Attrition Through Enforcement works just fine as it was originally intended to work and therefore the so called “Comprehensive Immigration Law Reform”, is not needed at all, also more accurately known as AMNESTY, for illegal alien Foreign Nationals WHO CHEAT THE SYSTEM and GET AWAY WITH IT, in return for future Democrat Votes to help Tyrannical Criminally Corrupt Democrats keep and retain overwhelming political power and keep and retain overwhelming political dominance and control by subterfuge and also by subversion and ultimately by Tyranny, also known as REWARDING illegal alien Foreign National Criminals who knowingly voluntarily, deliberately, intentionally and willfully break any U.S. Federal Immigration LAWS necessary to achive their desired results, and the Corrupt Democrat Professional Treasonous Traitor Political Criminals, to both cheat the system in order to selfishly achieve the desired results for both Tyrannical Demorcat Treasonous Traitor Political Criminals and their illegal alien Foreign National Criminal Accomplices before the criminal fact, during the criminal fact and by voting Democrat as new U.S. Citizens many years after the criminal fact or after the factual crimes that have been committed by both Treasonous Traitor Democrat Professional Political Criminals and their illegal alien Foreign National Criminal Accomplices and COMRADES IN CRIME or BROTHERS IN CRIME.

    • lee

      I agree 100% about this. Gary. We the people should be cleaning house.We need to take out all the trash not just part of it.


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