The Obama War with Arizona's Number SB1070 Immigration Law

Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer, scolding Obama over immigration in her state.
Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer, scolding Obama over immigration in her state.
Why not have these checkpoints?
Why not have these checkpoints?

President Obama and his subordinates like Eric Holder make it very clear that they find Arizona's state law, SB 1070, repugnant. Their motive is to dismantle, to take away the right of states to deal with immigration issues internally. The Feds want to ensure the public is aware of it in Arizona. Obama wants to remove any rights a state has to deal with immigration as they see fit. They want citizens to call a special 1-800 number and report any suspect profiling cases that Arizona law enforcement may do.

Now, you just know within days, many illegals will be calling that number and making false claims just to have the US Justice department to waste time in investigating it. More wasted tax dollars. Profiling is very subjective and each circumstance IS different, there are many nuances if it actually occurs or not. To have a public 800 number for any one to call and make a report is just oppressive and Obama is making sure it happens.

Since when do the Feds have the right to intervene in a state's internal affairs? The Feds have jurisdiction for the border, although, many states are acting on their own because Obama is ineffective about it, as was Bush. It is an issue no president wants to deal with. But, for a president to make it clear his disdain for Arizona's law, its governor, is injecting personal feelings into it. Just as Obama injected his opinion in the Trayvon Martin crime, which made it clear he considers himself more black than white.

It is fundamentally wrong for the President of the United States to make public his position in such a manner.

President Obama's war with Arizona runs deep. To retaliate, he targeted Arizona and announced a rescission of section 287G of the Immigration Act, which authorizes the Federal Government to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions effectively giving local police the powers of federal immigration agents

Arizona is the only state to be cut-off from this section of the Act. Although, the US Supreme Court ruled mostly in favor of Obama's quest to have Arizona's law struck down, it gave the state the right for police to check for immigration status when a person has committed a crime or cited in traffic for violations, and why not?

Any person who commits a crime or stopped for a legitimate traffic violation should be asked, if the police officer is suspicious. Obviously, if the stop occurs and the driver has no license, there is a good indication they may be illegal. The only people who are ranting about this law are those who have something to worry about.

Obama's recent "dream act" move for younger illegals was the correct move, IMO. They are American but for a piece of paper. This latest move violates a state's right to govern themselves as they fit within a Federal umbrella.

Obama will lose votes for this one.

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Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

The really sad part of this is all Arizona is trying to do is to do the job the Feds are refusing to do. It was just reported on the news that ICE will no longer be picking up illegals who are being held at any local police station.

We might as well just tear down the fence and open the doors to anyone who would like to live here.


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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

Obama and his handlers are struggling desperately to reassemble the special interest coalition that was so fired up for him in 2008. Hispanics are a critical component of it. In pandering to that demographic, he is doing all he can to stimulate its turnout in November, and the totally politicized Holder department of justice (sic) is on the front line of the battle. Its aggression in suppressing state action that aims to enforce law the Obama administration refuses to uphold, for political reasons, is a spectacle of malfeasance that will earn it a place in future textbooks as one of the most corrupt administrations in US history.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Many believe it is only harmless hardworking people looking for work that illegally cross the border into Arizona. That is very far from reality. I'm not sure if it still stands, but recently Phoenix, AZ was the kidnap capital of the country. It seems some illegals were holding other illegals against their will and demanding money from their families for their safe release. I doubt that few who do not live in one of the border states have any idea how bad the problem really is. But then how would they? The news reports the border is secure and they believe it.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I have read that many Hispanics have left AZ and residents actually notice the difference, is this true?


Hxprof 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I agree with Old Poolman: There are vermin crossing our borders all the time. We've had confirmation of this fact from officials in Homeland Security and from independent news sources. At some point we'll be shocked out of our complacentcy by the news that an American city has been effectively destroyed by a nuclear device, costing thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of American lives. 9/11 will pale in comparison.

IMO, unless the government acts to secure the borders (which it almost certainly WON'T do), our fate is decided. I've said it many times, and I'll continue to say it: Without immediate action to secure the borders we're in for the kind of trouble that has the potential to destroy America.


perrya profile image

perrya 4 years ago Author

A State should have authority to deal with immigration issues that impact its infrastructure. The immigration law is either absent or muddled as to what a State or Fed can or should do.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

The really sad part is that this immigration issue has become nothing more than a political tool for those in Washington. Any state who dares to try to enforce immigration laws on their own will be punished by the government. Will this change after the next election? Your guess is as good as mine, but I doubt it.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

The recent decision by SC to uphold section 2 to allow local police to inquire about immigration status allows the states to have some control but renders that law meaningless if the Obama administration refuses to cooperate. It just shows how important it is to defeat the Obama and the Democrats and to keep that party out of office for as long as possible.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

In some ways this is like winning a small claims court case. Just because you won doesn't mean you are going to collect any money. You then own a judgement that is only a piece of paper worth next to nothing.

Now the feds refuse to cooperate with any attempts by individual states to control illegal immigration. So we own part of a piece of paper that is worth nothing. It is interesting how the game is played by government these days.


perrya profile image

perrya 4 years ago Author

I think AZ still has local power to stop for violations and ask for proof of citizenship, correct?


Attikos profile image

Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

That is correct. ICE has been ordered to refuse to take custody of any detained illegal aliens from the locals, though. Obama, like a spoiled schoolboy, threw a tantrum, took his ball and went home within hours of the ruling.


perrya profile image

perrya 4 years ago Author

Like many democrats, I may be forced to vote Republican this time.


Hxprof 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Can Arizona not keep those arrested in custody while the state waits for ICE agents to take them? If so, Arizona will be waiting for a long time (until a new president?) and spending a lot of money to detain them.


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Luscious Walker 4 years ago

It wouldn't matter if you were Democrat or Republican to understand that Arizona just like Texas, New Mexico or California when dealing with our southern mass border that it's a federal matter and to be handled by the federal government not state governments. How though you as a Democrat can say that you would vote for a Republican as a result of this issue makes little sense when under this President there is 20,000 more border guards and deportation is higher than under his Republican predecessor.


perrya profile image

perrya 4 years ago Author

No, states do have the right to deal with immigrants inside their state. the border area is Fed only.


Attikos profile image

Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

It's Bush's fault.


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Luscious Walker 4 years ago

First off unless you are a Native American we are all, "immigrants" or decedents of "immigrants". Now "illegal immigrants" are a different story and thus the frustration this topic brings when you don't have the facts correct. The only right states have in dealing with illegal immigrants or illegal aliens is in turning them over to the Federal Government. States don't deport people, only Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can do so.


perrya profile image

perrya 4 years ago Author

States have more rights than that. They can refuse to provide services if a law is passed stating that they have a right to be in country. They can do much more like AZ.


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910chris 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am so tired of people sayint" we are all immigrants". Yes, and do you know how my great great grandparents got here? Through Ellis Island, the LEGAL way. I don't care if your an immigrant or not. What I do care about is if you are here LEGALLY or not, period.

This is a slap in the face to my ancestors, as well as all the other people who have come here the legal way, the right way.

Why don't you try sneaking into Mexico and see what happens? Try to buy land there and see what happens, or some other country in South America and see where that leads.


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montecristo 4 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

Good points, but will the voter remember this on Nov? Americans seems to have short memory span.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I can assure you that citizens of Arizona will remember in November. 910chris pointed out in his comment that many of our ancestors came here the legal way through Ellis Island. The process for legal immigration has become so complicated, expensive, and lengthy, that few can get this done. That is part of the problem causing illegal immigration. Many who come don't plan to stay, only to work and earn some money, then return home. A guest worker program is badly needed but little or no effort is being directed to this need.

Immigration issues have become nothing more than a political football. Obama thinks he scored a touchdown play by ordering ICE to not cooperate with Arizona. This play was intended to scare other states into not trying to do anything themselves. They are to leave immigration issues to the Federal Government, who we all know is doing little or nothing about securing the border. It is becoming very obvious the whole game is nothing more than a power struggle with our Federal Government trying to prove they are the ultimate power and not to be questioned or messed with.


Attikos profile image

Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

The institutional dominance motive of the federal government is real, but more pressing are the politics of the issue. Arizona citizens are largely behind their government's attempts to control the problems of illegal immigration. After all, they have to live with them every day. The same is so of other States, and in the face of Washington's obstinate refusal to provide anything more than token measures to enforce the law they have to turn elsewhere for relief. Obama's reelection, however, depends on money and votes from immigrants and groups allied with them, and so his administration is acting aggressively against those States, with Arizona as the showcase, in pandering to a crucial constituency. Were it to put the same effort to faithful execution of the laws it puts into politics, it might have an impact and reduce the conflict. IMO, though, that would be asking too much of this totally politicized administration. You can't expect a cat to bark no matter how many burglars are breaking into the house.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Attikos, You said it better than I did. Isn't it sad that at least one entire year of a 4 year term in office is totally wasted on pure politics? It is obvious that the issues mean almost nothing. Almost every decision and action is carefully calculated to securing votes, not solving problems. And to think we have to pay for all of this with our hard earned tax dollars.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

And now another new battle zone, mandatory health care.

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