On June 25th, the Supreme Court, in 5-3 votes with Elena Kagan recusing herself, struck down three provisions having to do with state criminal penalties for immigration violations.
The fourth provision gives police the right to stop and demand to know the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally.
It’s the fourth provision that really has the administration most upset, and that’s the provision that the court upheld unanimously.
Historically, a unanimous Supreme Court decision on anything seals the deal.
But the justices didn’t realize they were dealing with the Obama administration. Instead of accepting the decision of the court with good grace and committing himself to upholding the ruling as is the president’s duty, Obama immediately set about finding ways to get around it.
Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its ruling and upheld the controversial so-called “show me your papers” provision in Arizona’s immigration law, the Obama administration announced Monday they are suspending a vital program that lets state and local law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration law.
Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its ruling and upheld Arizona’s right to contact federal agents concerning the legal status of those apprehended for other lawless activity, Obama summarily terminated the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program is a vital state-federal partnership created in 1996 in an effort to assist local law enforcement to deal with illegals apprehended in their jurisdictions. It has enjoyed bipartisan support and has served as the basis for any “comprehensive immigration” agreement dealing with border enforcement. Yet, with the flick of the wrist, Obama decided to terminate this act of Congress in order to punish Arizona and ensure that their immigration-related phone calls are ignored. But fear not, they did set up a hotline for illegals to air their grievances about Arizona law enforcement officers.
Obama administration officials said program 287(g) would be suspended indefinitely. Officials also said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not respond to calls from Arizona and other police agencies regarding the immigration status of people they pull over unless they meet a specified criteria. For example, they will respond if the person is wanted for a felony.
The latest move will certainly weaken Arizona’s ability to secure its own borders and appears to be yet another unilateral action taken by President Obama to dictate policy.
As became apparent when Obama passed amnesty for young illegal aliens, because Congress has let that action stand unchallenged there is now no court decision or law that Obama does not feel he is above.