In reaction to the mixed Supreme Court ruling yesterday on the controversial Arizona immigration law, our illustrious boss did the following:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
To call this "immature" is an understatement. In essence, because Arizona prevailed in court in what was arguably the key part of its disputed law, our boss is saying "Oh yeah? Well how about this?? Nyah nyah!!" And it is a perfect illustration of why Arizona (and other states) have passed laws like the one that went before the high court: Because our boss picks and chooses which laws he likes and dislikes ... and doesn't enforce the latter. Y'know, even though that's what his branch of government is supposed to do.
And it gets better: Though Homeland Security may refuse to answer the phone from Arizona law enforcement, the Dept. of Justice has set up a special hotline "for those who believe their civil rights have been violated by local Arizona law enforcement officers." How 'bout that? As Susan Berry says over at Breitbart.com, "This is the response of Barack Obama, the leader of our nation who is supposed to have vowed to protect and defend us and our borders." Or, as Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in the Arizona case (my emphasis),
Must Arizona's ability to protect its borders yield to the reality that Congress has provided inadequate funding for federal enforcement—or, even worse, to the executive's unwise targeting of that funding?...What I do fear—and what Arizona and the States that support it fear—is that “federal policies” of nonenforcement will leave the states helpless before those evil effects of illegal immigration.
The federal government does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written, and leaves the states' borders unprotected against immigrants whom those laws would exclude.
President Obama once again shows us all that he is a boss, not a leader. Courtesy of a friend on Facebook, I found the perfect illustration which depicts the differences:
*Sigh* Those in the "Boss" column illustrate our current boss perfectly. Why border states like Arizona or New Mexico would ever consider voting for this boss boggles the mind.Posted by Hube at June 26, 2012 10:32 AM | TrackBack