By the time you read this, nine Americans may well have declared the United States a nonentity.
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to decide on the constitutionality of Arizona’s SB 1070, the now-famous law that sought to stem the tide of illegal immigration into the state. The Obama administration struck quickly after the law passed, declaring legal war. But Arizona, groaning under the weight of 400,000 illegals, had started something. Several states passed laws. And the more states that followed Arizona, the greater the radical left’s rage, and the more lawsuits the administration filed to bring these recalcitrant children of the federal government to heel.
Obama v. Arizona is among the most important cases the Court has ever considered. Already, the courts and the federal government have clapped handcuffs on state and local officials when it comes to dealing with criminals who break state laws. If the Supreme Court rules against them on this, they won’t be allowed even a measure of control over those inside their borders who aren’t supposed to be there. What a long way we’ve come from the scene in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which depicted California border-patrol agents closely questioning Okies who were attempting to enter the state and find work. And they were Americans.