Sunday, April 25, 2010
Many law professors call AZ immigration law "dead on arrival"; states cannot take up federal powers
Jeffrey Toobin of CNN hinted that on Friday night. The Wall Street Journal blogs, in an article by Amir Efrati, seem to concur. States cannot have their own foreign policies, and cannot pass their own legislation to implement federal law. The WSJ url is here. Several major law professors said that the law was “doa” and would never go into effect.
Still, states can pass laws to enhance public safety from a more generic viewpoint.
Arizona governor Brewer (R) says that the federal government has “refused to fix” the problem in her speech. But she wears that racial profiling will not occur.
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of University of Phoenix in Pheonix.
Update: April 28
In Texas, state representative Debbie Riddle has introduced a similar bill. The story by Emily Friedman on ABC News is "Texas Rep. Debbie Riddle Introduces Similar Anti-Immigration Bill as Arizona's; Riddle Says Her Proposed Bill Is Not Racially Motivated", link here.
Update: May 26
Check this NBC story by Alex Johnson and Glenn Counts, "Facing deportation for stopping crime: Local police enforce immigration laws, leave many in limbo", link here. The html title says "he did the right think and faces deportation". Abel Morino reported an assault to police in Charlotte NC, and now police are required to report him to immigration, where he could get deported back to Mexico. What happened to "see something, say something"?