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The intro to Justice Scalia’s partial dissent in Arizona v. United States is a perfect demonstration of today’s self-contradictory “conservatism.” It takes with one hand, then pretends to give back with the other (emphasis mine):
“The United States is an indivisible ‘Union of sovereign States.’ Hinderlider v. La Plata River & Cherry Creek Ditch Co., 304 U. S. 92, 104 (1938). Today’s opinion, approving virtually all of the Ninth Circuit’s injunction against enforcement of the four challenged provisions of Arizona’s law, deprives States of what most would consider the defining characteristic of sovereignty: the power to exclude from the sovereign’s territory people who have no right to be there.”
Proof of this “conservative” schizophrenia can be found in Mark Krikorian’s instant reaction to the ruling, which was to call it a victory for immigration restrictionists and blame the liberal media for “spinning” the story to suggest otherwise (emphasis mine):
“The other three provisions that were challenged were preempted by federal law, according to the Court, but could you even name what those parts are? Making it a state misdemeanor for an illegal alien to apply for employment would be nice, for instance, but it’s not even a federal crime yet.”
There are some real stunners in today’s convoluted ruling from the Supremes regarding Arizona v. United States. Here are some of my favorites:
“As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the United States.”
“Federal governance is extensive and complex.”
“Removal is a civil matter, . . .
” . . . and one of its principal features is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials, who must decide whether to pursue removal at all.”
“States are precluded from regulating conduct in a field that Congress has determined must be regulated by its exclusive governance.”
“Because Congress has occupied the field, even complementary state regulation is impermissible.”* **
*I made that one up.
**Not really: It’s real.
There must be some reason or reasons, why the Jerk has become the archetypal American character. Without going too deep into themysteries of social history, here is a little experiment that might stand in for several hundred pages of tedious social history. Herewith a little theoretical foundation for my continuing study of Jerkus americanus.
A recent story in the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, gives the lie to the notion that illegal aliens are just here “to do the jobs Americans won’t do” and are largely a law-abiding class of the downtrodden, shifting where they can for work.
The redoubtable John Derbyshire had a piece at NRO this morning on how mass immigration is causing summer jobs for teenagers to disappear, and why our feckless elites think this is a good thing. The piece is well worth the read, and it may be found here.
Not since President Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock and JFK sent U.S. marshals to the University of Alabama has the federal government seemed so at war with a state of the union.
What Hillary promised an Ecuadorean TV interviewer has indeed come to pass: the Obama Justice Department has asked a federal judge to enjoin enforcement of the Arizona immigration law allowing Arizona police to ask for proof of citizenship, on the grounds that federal immigration law has preemptive force. Of course, the only reason the Arizona legislature passed the law was because the federal government has failed in its duty to enforce American immigration laws, and Obama and his predecessor each have wanted to gut those laws and to remove whatever impediments remain to mass immigration from Mexico. Let us hope that the federal court rejects Obama’s argument, and that more states follow Arizona’s example.
For decades, this home, and with it this house, have been in the process of invasion by scores more millions of invaders, coming illegally or legalized, as the case may be, by a series of treasonous governments well lodged in the deep pockets of the quantifiers and their masters and heavily influenced by the post-Marxist ideology called multiculturalism.
Gordon Brown may have torpedoed his last chance to be prime minister in his own right when, in the privacy of his limo, he called 66-year-old Gillian Duffy that “bigoted woman.”
What had widow Duffy done to deserve the slur?
Major demonstrations are to be held in 70 cities on May 1 to protest the new Arizona law to cope with an army of half a million illegal aliens now living there.
Since Gov. Jan Brewer signed that law a week ago, Arizona has been subjected to savage attack as the modern embodiment of Jim Crow, apartheid and Nazism. Few have risen in her defense.