Reporter's Note: The president has asked for advice, so I write to him every day. On the other hand, I’ve seen TV evangelists ask for money and I never send any. Make of that what you will.
Dear Mr. President,
So the Supreme Court laid a smackdown on your Justice Department with that immigration ruling. In case you missed it (and I’m sure you did not, but still) they ruled in favor of an Arizona law punishing employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The court refuted your administration’s argument that this was purely federal business and that the states ought not dip their toes into that pool.
I’m sure this is frustrating for your team. But as you know, I’m a big believer in moving on from today’s disappointment to tomorrow’s challenge. And this was a real shot over the bow ahead of the legal wrangling over that Arizona law allowing cops to check the immigration status of people they have stopped for other offenses.
Sure, the court ruling today was about a specific law and the justices carefully explained why federal authority was not being usurped here. Maybe they won’t think the same arguments apply in the next case. But I would not bet on it.
So you have a couple of good options. One: Beef up your legal team making the federal case so that maybe they can come out winning in this next round. Or two: Finally do something about illegal immigration. And to be honest, I can’t help but think they second option is the only one that will produce real, reliable results.
Remember, one of Arizona’s prime arguments went along the lines of, “Hey, we have to do something because the feds aren’t doing anything.” That is still pretty much the case. Sure, people have talked a lot, but you and I both know in DC that is usually what folks do when they have no intention of taking action.
Immigration is an electric issue, to be sure. I understand why all sorts of pols may be hesitant to fully grab hold of it with a big election coming up. But the thing is, there is always a big election coming up. And until this issue is engaged, I don’t think it is going away.
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