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The Governor, the former Justice Department civil rights head under Fmr. President Clinton, said he's not intimately familiar with the lawsuit, but he agrees the federal government is responsible for immigration controls and the states are not.
He clarified this position on his monthly radio appearance on WTKK-FM this morning, stating, "That is a constitutional fact." Gov. Patrick also said the country has "a national challenge around illegal immigration and we need a national solution."
The Arizona law goes into effect July 29.
The fact that Congressional Republicans are flocking in droves to this bill is not surprising, but it's still disappointing. When Senators like John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who were proponents (in fact, main sponsors) of aggressive immigration reform legislation as recently as 2007, hop the proverbial fence and sign on to the party line in a naked attempt to garner votes; instead of doing what they swore to do, and uphold and protect the Constitution – it makes a mockery of an already well-mocked legislative body.
Let's face it, Arizona SB 1070 at best violates the Constitution's “supremacy clause” protecting the federal government's right to have their laws enforced; laws which supersede the laws of states. At worst, it's not only “racial profiling”, but it's blatant racism. Anyone who doesn't have the right color skin, or hair, or eyes, is a suspect, and is required under this statute to be stopped by police and have their identification verified.
Or, as the Soviets used to say to their citizens during the Cold War, “Papers, please”.
It's yet another hilarious double-standard that in the micro, Republicans and in the macro, all the Righties have for themselves. Infringing on personal liberties and the freedom from government oppression is a major talking point when talking about stimulus packages which actually help people. But when it comes to immigration reform, it's the “best of the Soviet Union's policy”.