Enforce the law? ..not on my watch!

Arizona State Legislature Calls on Supreme Court to Resolve Obama Attack on SB 1070

“When the Obama administration brazenly sued Arizona over its illegal immigration enforcement law, SB 1070, the dispute was widely expected to reach the U. S. Supreme Court. That day may soon be at hand.

On September 12, we (judicial watch.org) filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the U. S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Arizona State Legislature, supporting the State of Arizona’s petition to the Supreme Court to review the Obama administration’s lawsuit against SB 1070.

As you may recall, on April 11, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction against enforcement of some of the law’s provisions, prompting the State of Arizona’s petition.

The Arizona State Legislature, which is now a defendant represented by JW in the Obama administration lawsuit, argues in its brief that SB 1070 is completely consistent with federal law:”

(Sidebar) ..consistency, “in my considered opinion,” with the law, is not a consistent consideration in the Obama administration.

“…The [Arizona] Legislature invoked its well established police powers in crafting SB 1070, for the purpose of protecting the people of Arizona. Rather than welcoming the Legislature’s enactment, the United States sued Arizona.

Contrary to the view of the United States, not every state action related to aliens is preempted by federal law. Only the determination of who should or should not be admitted into the country, and the conditions under which that person may remain, is the regulation of immigration.

Accordingly, the Legislature enacted SB 1070 in reliance on the principle that it had authority to utilize well-established police powers in areas touching on immigration…

Now, regarding those provisions that are currently blocked from being enforced due to the court’s injunction, the Arizona legislature wants them reinstated. These provisions, the legislature argues, would “significantly assist Arizona’s effort to protect its citizens from the adverse effects of illegal immigration.”

And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are also eminently reasonable! Here’s what these disputed provisions will do:

  • Provide additional guidance to Arizona law enforcement officers as to how to interact with individuals who may not be lawfully present. [Section 2(B)]
  • Utilize ordinary state police powers to create state criminal penalties for the failure to comply with federal law. [Section 3]
  • Invoke Arizona’s broad authority to regulate employment under its police powers to protect its economy and lawfully resident labor force from the harmful effects resulting from the employment of unlawfully present aliens. [Section 5(C)]
  • Re-emphasize Arizona law enforcement officers’ pre-existing warrantless arrest authority by authorizing a warrantless arrest of an individual who has already been determined to have committed a public offense that makes him removable. [Section 6]

As you know, Judicial Watch is intimately involved in this critical illegal immigration battle. We filed our “Motion to Intervene,” on behalf of the Arizona State Legislature on February 11, 2011, a motion granted by U. S. District Judge Susan Bolton over the objections of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) less than two months later on April 5. We also represented Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, who issued this statement regarding the Supreme Court amicus brief:

States have an inherent duty under law and the Constitution to protect their citizens from those who break our laws. I pray the Supreme Court honors states’ inherent authority and right under the police powers and supports Arizona in the protection of our state from the Obama administration, who has sided with foreign governments against our state and our citizens. The Obama administration’s attack on our state’s sovereign right to defend itself from the illegal alien invasion is unconscionable. Already, the enacted provisions of SB 1070 have helped reduce crime significantly and led to a mass exodus of illegal aliens from our state. I know President Obama needs votes from the open borders crowd and those who benefit from this invasion, and doesn’t want the immigration laws enforced. He has made that abundantly clear by his recent actions to reward those who have broken our laws. He has refused to protect American jobs and the rights of our citizens —Arizona will continue to take common sense steps to protect its own citizens and our border.

From the very beginning, we have made our position crystal clear. The Arizona State Legislature has the right to pass laws to protect its citizens from the scourge of illegal immigration. And the Arizona legislature crafted SB 1070 in a manner completely consistent with federal law.

The Obama DOJ should do its job and start enforcing illegal immigration laws instead of attacking states that are lawfully attempting to deal with the problems of rampant illegal immigration. The Obama administration’s lawless approach to illegal immigration is a crisis that must be addressed. And we hope the U. S. Supreme Court accepts the State of Arizona’s petition, protects the rule of law and upholds the rights of the States to protect its citizens.”

According to Webster: law, A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.

Editorial: On January 21, 2009, Senator Barack Obama stood before God and the American people to be sworn in as “our” 44th President of the United States. With the operative word being “our,” regardless of the fact that I did not vote for the man, ..yours and mine. I respect that.

The text, word for word, as reported by the New York Times website, (nytimes.com)

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address…

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you.

CROWD: Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

I thank President Bush for his service to our nation…

(APPLAUSE)

… as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.

The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear thatAmerica’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.

(APPLAUSE)

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

(APPLAUSE)

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.

It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died in places Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

(APPLAUSE)

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.

The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth.

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.

We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality…

(APPLAUSE)

… and lower its costs.

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

All this we can do. All this we will do.”

Although I do concur with the fact that Barack Obama is consistent with his rhetoric, the man has pursued nothing but his own agenda and “his” dreams of being omnipotent.

According to Webster: om·nip·o·tent, Having unlimited or universal power, authority.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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