The Obama administration may have been thrilled with last week’s Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare, but they evidently weren’t satisfied with the ruling earlier in the week on Arizona’s immigration law.
“Immediately after the Supreme Court issued its decision, the Obama administration did the equivalent of taking its marbles and going home,” Heritage experts Matt Mayer and John Malcolm write.
The administration responded by terminating a successful joint federal-state immigration program– which amounts to “a childish slap in the face of the Supreme Court, Arizona, and any other state that might challenge its authority.”
The administration said it will end the so-called 287(g) partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and Arizona law enforcement that allows state officers to verify the immigration status of those in their legal custody.
The Supreme Court ruled that executive priorities concerning immigration cannot trump Congressional and state policies. Yet the Obama administration persists in violating Arizona’s power to enforce a state law that is entirely in line with federal law. While the Court has affirmed that the executive branch must respect state authority, it has yet to be seen whether this administration will respect the Court’s.
What do you think of the Obama administration’s actions?