Today, Attorney General Eric Holder, on behalf of the Obama administration, filed the long promised suit against Arizona seeking to have the new Arizona immigration law declared unconstitutional. The suit was filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix.
According to the law suit, the Arizona law violates the “Supremacy Clause” of the Constitution. Should you be interested, you can find this in Article VI…
The Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land…any thing in the…laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
The administration claims that because Congress has passed laws dealing with immigration, those federal laws take precedence over any immigration law passed by Arizona (or any other state, for that matter).
What is curious, however, is that no where in the suit is there any mention of “racial profiling”, due process, equal protection, or any other of the list of “problems” members of the administration have used in “speeches” denouncing the law.
As best I can tell, all Arizona wanted in passing the law was for its borders to be protected…clearly a job of the federal government, but clearly a job the federal government has refused to do. This administration ceased construction on the border fence, and has repeatedly ignored Arizona’s pleas for more border security.
So, it would appear that the government’s only response to a “broken immigration system”, as Obama has called it, is to file a lawsuit against one of the states. Personally, I think that time and money would be better spent enforcing our immigration laws. But, then again, that’s just me.