Stopping the Free-for-All
The court should use this opportunity to clarify the need for uniform laws in this area of vital national interest and stop the march of states taking immigration policy into their own hands. The Obama administration sued to stop Arizona — and later Utah, Alabama and South Carolina — because immigration is a federal responsibility that states cannot usurp.
Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court struck down parts of the Arizona law, enacted last year, that requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” of being in the state illegally, makes it a state crime to be unlawfully present in this country and a state crime for illegal immigrants to work or look for work, and permits the warrantless arrest of anyone believed to be deportable.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit got it right in April when it upheld Judge Bolton’s ruling. In a powerful concurring opinion, Judge John Noonan paid particular attention to the section of the law that enshrines the mass expulsion of illegal immigrants — “attrition through enforcement” — as Arizona’s official state policy. “That 50 individual states or one individual state should have a foreign policy is absurdity too gross to be entertained,” Judge Noonan said. “In matters affecting the intercourse of the federal nation with other nations, the federal nation must speak with one voice.”
The Constitution gives Congress, not the states, the power “to establish an uniform rule of naturalization. ” As the solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr., wrote in a brief urging the Supreme Court not to take the case, laws like Arizona’s upset the federal government’s careful balancing of “law enforcement priorities, foreign-relations considerations and humanitarian concerns.”
States like Arizona have been trying openly and mightily to throw that balance out the window, being much harsher than the federal government in criminalizing undocumented immigrants. Arizona contends that “federal immigration laws expressly contemplate and authorize cooperative law enforcement efforts between federal and state officials.” But under the Constitution, federal immigration laws pre-empt the Arizona provisions. While mass deportation may be a rallying cry for many state officials, it is not, thankfully, federal policy. The Supreme Court should end the state-created chaos in immigration laws by heeding Judge Noonan’s wise words.
YOU WILL NOT READ IN THE MEX-OWNED NEW YORK TIMES THAT MEXICANS SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR PEOPLE OTHER THAN EXPORT THEM TO LOOT AMERICA!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Father PATRICK BASCIO has a remarkably different perspective on illegal immigration from that of most Christian clergymen-one he’s outlined in a remarkable new book entitled
On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration: An Alternative Christian View.
Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table".
Ready? Now pay attention...
Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.
Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year.. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.
Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631 .00.
Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
Jose Illegal receives a $280.00 per family member/ month federal CASH AID for four family members . Jose Illegal has $ 43,200.00.
Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
Jose Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $ 43,200.00.
Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.
Jose Illegal has to make his $ 43,200.00. stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.."actually Jose illegal doesn't pay for most utilities in many states as he gets county assistance to pay the bills and his late fees"
Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work. "and pays a higher tax rate if he earns above a certain amount"
Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches while Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal's children go home.
Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.