1) Or is it Jan Brewer 1 Barack Obama 0?
Most people outside of Arizona will mostly remember Jan Brewer in the famous picture showing her waving her finger at President Obama.
Today, 6/25/2012, more people will remember Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, via the famous SB 1070 law. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that a provision requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other violations and that they suspect are in the country illegally is constitutional.
Obama administration challenged SB 1070 in the court saying enforcing immigration laws are function of federal government. And they lost today.
And Jan Brewer won because if AZ captures illegals and turns them over to ICE, Obama will be forced to deport them—Jan Brewer forces Obama to do his job.
2) What SB 1070 cannot do and Obama would not do
What SB 1070 is not allowed to do is to hold illegal immigrants in state jails because of their status or to prevent them from getting employment—an indication that the SCOTUS believes that federal government should enforce immigration laws. In other words, if the only offense of an illegal immigrant is being in this country illegally, Arizona—state government—cannot arrest him/her. Only the federal government can do that job.
Obama has chosen not to enforce them.
Obama has chosen to trade votes for immigration law enforcement.
Remain to be seen is whether SB 1070 will scare and cause illegals in AZ moving to CA, TX or other states.
3) What Justice Scalia said about Obama
Justice Scalia also took the opportunity to criticize Obama regarding his latest executive order to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
“The president said at a news conference that the new program is ‘the right thing to do’ in light of Congress’s failure to pass the administration’s proposed revision of the Immigration Act,” Scalia, a Reagan appointee, wrote in his dissent. “Perhaps it is, though Arizona may not think so. But to say, as the Court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of the Immigration Act that the President declines to enforce boggles the mind.“