Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This Is What We Call An "Activist Judge"

This is what we get when a judge does "what they think is right" rather than what the law says:

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown...

The judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.
For the past 70+ years it's been federal law that resident aliens carry their green cards on them--how can that requirement suddenly become controversial in Arizona? And it's already illegal for so-called undocumented workers to work in this country according to federal law; how can it be controversial to prohibit them from soliciting work in public?


scott mccall said...

it's a big bs situation for those facing reelection. i was reading several forums last night, with over 30K posts, i found less than 20 posts that oppose the bill, all of which were people proud to claim they were hispanic. but there were plenty of legal immigrants who supported every aspect of the bill. seems to me like the ones who oppose the bill, are the ones who are affected by it.

Darren said...

They're either affected by it *or* have political reasons for wanting illegal aliens here. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine what those political reasons might be :-)

Amerloc said...

I struggle with this one, Darren: as an individual citizen, I can certainly volunteer information to the Feds. But the law in question demanded that state and local employees (and taxpayers) assume responsibility for enforcing Federal law. And maybe the Constitution allows it, and maybe not - that's for SCOTUS to decide, ultimately, and the authors of the bill certainly knew that they were sailing uncharted waters.

It's not as if the AZ lege operates in ignorance of the Mann act, but they don't require local forces to enforce it. And parts of Arizona seem to have selective vision when it comes to enforcing bigamy laws. So. Given all that, it's easy for the left to call bullshit

It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

Ellen K said...

She's a Clinton appointee. I am sure a nice juicy judicial carrot was held out for her. Judge shopping is nothing new.