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From today’s Patriot Post

Editorial Exegesis

“Arizona and other states suffering from out-of-control illegal immigration won an important if partial victory in the Supreme Court [Monday]. In a rebuke of the Obama administration, all eight justices (Elena Kagan recused herself) upheld Arizona’s requirement that police officers determine the immigration status of anyone they stop, detain, or arrest if a ‘reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien unlawfully present in the United States.’

…The Court threw out three other provisions of SB 1070, including one that made it a misdemeanor for an unauthorized alien to seek work in Arizona. But taken in perspective, these aren’t critical to the effectiveness of Arizona’s law.

… But as noted, this is only a partial victory. For example, in upholding the core provision of the law, the justices read it narrowly and left the door open to challenges to the way it is enforced. Also, Justices Scalia and Thomas got it right when they argued in their dissents that all four provisions of SB 1070 should have been upheld. There is no conflict between federal immigration law and SB 1070. As Scalia notes, Arizona has ‘moved to protect its sovereignty — not in contradiction of federal law, but in complete compliance with it.’

Arizona’s laws do ‘not extend or revise federal immigration restrictions, but merely enforce those restrictions more effectively.’ As Scalia scathingly concludes, ‘If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign State.’

There is a reason we have 50 states instead of one, and the states are not mere administrative subdivisions of the federal government. Each has its own powers and its own interests, a fact that is of particularly acute interest when the federal government is failing to meet one of its fundamental responsibilities, which is precisely what is happening with illegal immigration. … [O]n the issue of immigration the states remain dependent upon a federal government that is not to be depended on.” –National Review

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