Stephen Combs in Orlando, Florida
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s order of preliminary injunction was just as clear in what it did not say as in what it said: Arizona does not have the right to defend itself, even if stranded alone on the desert with no help from the mother ship. It’s too early to tell, but the effect could be almost immediate if the voluntary repatriation of illegal aliens suddenly stops. Voluntary exodus had been increasing steadily in the weeks approaching the intended start date of Arizona’s now castrated immigration law.
There is nothing like a dose of resolve to get criminals – and that’s every person who entered this country illegally – to do something the government could not make them do: Go home. Now these lawbreakers who have no respect for our sovereignty are pretty much free to roam the countryside with impunity. And even though federal immigration law requires aliens to carry their credentials – green card or visa – police are not even allowed to ask for identification. Try refusing to produce your driver’s license and vehicle registration the next time you’re pulled over, and let me know how it turned out. How was the food? Did you have visitors? Was your cellmate an engaging person with interesting observations of world affairs?
As expected, White House-friendly media gave the story a pro-government spin, albeit subtly. Writing in The Los Angeles Times, reporters Nicholas Riccardi and Anna Gorman said that Bolton “forbade Arizona from making it a state crime to not carry immigration documents, and struck down two other provisions as an unconstitutional attempt by Arizona to undermine the federal government’s efforts to enforce immigration policy.” They failed to mention that the federal government is not enforcing immigration policy or law on our southern border. Judge Bolton’s apparent reasoning is that if the federal government cannot or will not enforce a valid law, then neither may a state.
The judge, a Clinton appointee, did not explain how states may not enforce immigration law but are expected to enforce federal laws against bank robbery or interstate flight to avoid prosecution. This is the great contradiction of her decision. Why? The answer is, there is no answer.
Ultimately, the case will be decided in the Supreme Court, unless the leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (what Michael Savage calls “the 9th Jerkit Court of Schlemiels”) denies certiorari.1 In the meantime, Arizona must endure the destruction caused by Judge Bolton’s decision. Look, too, for an increase in Democrat voters in Arizona. These “undocumented Democrats” may not be challenged when they register to vote. I can think of no quicker way to destroy our civilization.
It gets worse, if you can imagine that. As Investor’s Business Daily noted Thursday, under Bolton’s ruling the state trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for speeding in 1995 could not have questioned him about the Oklahoma City bombing or arrested him for it. McVeigh would have paid a small fine and then walked.
Here’s what else IBD had to say Wednesday night on the ruling: “One could almost hear the cheers from the badlands of Durango and Sonora, home of the biggest Mexican drug and people-smuggling cartels, to read District Court Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling effectively striking down Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070. . . . So now a van driver arrested by a state trooper for driving 120 miles per hour with 30 people stuffed under his floorboards will still get a speeding ticket, but the officer can’t ask about his immigration status. Nothing to see here; move along.”
Still, it’s early in the play with many acts to follow, “a bump in the road,” Gov. Jan Brewer calls it. In Road Dog, my book about serial killer Glen Rogers, my co-author John Eckberg quotes from a piece called “Living on Death Row” by Michael Hunter, who was awaiting execution in California. The appeal process, Hunter said,
“has been much more like a lazy baseball season. Lots of games are played, many of them go into extra innings, and even if you lose a game, no one panics, no one dies. You move on and play another game in a new park before new umpires/judges and the season loafs on and on and on.”
Barack Obama and the Left are counting on this. Slow the process, jam the gears of justice, delay relief and continue to force its will on the people. This is the stuff of tyranny. We must never get used to it, never accept it. States need to show the federal government a dose of their own resolve by continuing to produce tough immigration laws like Arizona’s, defying Obama and the Left to take on the entire country.
1. Schlemiel is a Yiddish term for unlucky. Dr. Savage uses the term to refer to the most overturned of the circuit appeals courts.
There you go again, you accident of nature
A sourpuss from Utah who apparently hasn’t had any luck picking up women in Minnesota is behind a ruling in that Socialist state that prohibits taverns from offering free or cheap drinks to women on ladies’ nights. The lawyer who represents the plaintiff in a lawsuit is Roy Dean Hollander. Mr. Hollander apparently attended one of our New Age law schools where constitutional law is seen as a bother and is not part of the curriculum. Here’s what he had to say about the government’s right to keep private businesses from promoting their – hold on, now – businesses.
“Ladies night is violating a fundamental right because it’s charging guys more money either to enter a club or to pay for a drink based upon an accident of nature.” Could you imagine trying to explain this cockamamie nonsense to Thomas Jefferson?
An accident of nature? This guy was an accident, for certain. Watch out, Granny. We’re coming after you next. Be careful the next time you go barging into Denny’s waving your AARP card and demanding your codger discount.
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