Part of why the Founders worried that the Judiciary Branch was the weakest (but co-equal) branch of our government was because the Judiciary Branch ultimately depends upon the aid of the Executive Branch to enforce their decisions. Proving this point: in the matter of the Supreme Court ruling in the Arizona illegal immigration case made Monday BO has made it clear that he is not going to cooperative with the parts of Arizona SB 1070 that the Supremes let stand.
In particular the Supremes let stand, as constitutional in their opinion, the portion of SB 1070 pertaining to status check provisions that allows law enforcement officers to question a detainee's immigration status for people stopped on other-than-immigration law enforcement matters, like speeding, & call the Feds accordingly. BO has said he will not cooperate with this ruling @ least not in full.
The three major parts of SB 1070 that were struck down by the Supremes – 1) authorizing police to arrest without a warrant anyone "the officer has probable cause to believe . . . has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States," 2) making it a state crime for an undocumented person to seek or engage in work, & 3) making it a state crime to fail to comply with federal alien-registration requirements (failure to carry papers).
Now just like the Supreme Court Justices BO has taken an oath to "preserve, protect, & defend the Constitution" (that he despises) so if he said he was not going to respect the decision of the Supremes because he thought their decision was unconstitutional that would be fine with me. Until the Civil War, virtually every president regularly vetoed legislation because he thought some bills were unconstitutional - mostly for violating the Spending Clause of Article I, Section 8.
But BO is not concerned @ all about "the general Welfare of the United States" or the "uniform Rule of Naturalization" but rather how many Latino votes he can re-energize with his actions.
Within hours of the Supreme Court decision AZ Governor Jan Brewer was notified that BO revoked the 287(g) agreement under the authority of which Arizona law enforcement officers have partnered with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law. The agreement allows local police to enforce immigration laws after receiving proper training (@ substantial cost). That agreement exists between the federal government & local law enforcement in 68 law enforcement entities in 24 states (including Massachusetts implemented under Mitt – which will come back to haunt him before November), but it will no longer be in effect in Arizona for reasons known only to BO (& everyone else who is breathing).
Long time readers will recall the report Carol & I made in 2006 entitled Immigration Laws & The Problems With Their Enforcement that was written after extensive research & interviews with Mark Kelly Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge for the Newark Office of Investigations of ICE. This report appears under Classics on RTE.
Now there is one Jose Antonio Vargas who is in America illegally but is not hiding in the shadows – he is regularly appearing on national TV & is the subject of national publications. Click here to hear Lou Dobbs provide a lesson on what citizenship is all about.