Yesterday morning, in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court struck down three out of four of Arizonas SB1070 provisions, but left intact the heart and most controversial part of the law.
The High Court ruled that the core of the law, the section which allows law enforcement officers to inquire about a persons immigration status during the course of other lawful police actions, is Constitutional.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared a victory in the ruling because the foundation of the law was upheld allowing other states that have enacted similar laws to take note of this legal precedence.
But by Monday afternoon, all declarations of victory were tempered when the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security announced the revocation of Arizonas law officials authority to enforce federal immigration laws.
In a directive issued just hours after the SCOTUS ruling was announced, the Obama administration removed whatever teeth Arizonas law had remaining when the DHS declared that they were rescinding an agreement (287G), in which feds deputize local officials to make immigration-based arrests.
The directive makes Arizonas law enforcement officials powerless to enforce federal immigration laws.
In conjunction with stripping the law officers' of federal immigration enforcement authority, DHS officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will no longer enforce immigration laws when the immigrant is stopped by state or local authorities unless the person has been convicted of a felony, a recent border crosser or had already been deported once.
Arizona law enforcement will only be able to obtain information on a persons immigration status if the ICE agents are operationally capable.
The Department of Justice also announced Monday that it had set up a public hotline and e-mail account for people to report potential abuses linked to the Arizona policy and the actions of Arizona law officials.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brewer released a statement saying
President Obama has demonstrated anew his utter disregard for the safety and security of the Arizona people. Within the last two hours, I have been notified the Obama administration has revoked the 287(g) agreement under the authority of which Arizona law enforcement officers have partnered with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law I suppose I shouldnt be surprised. The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this.
Governor Brewer told Fox News Greta Van Susteren
It's just unconscionable. What they [Obama administration] said to Arizona is, Drop dead, Arizona, drop dead and go away. We're going to ignore you.
The hotline phone and e-mail implementation put Arizona law officials pictures on Wanted posters and a bullseye on their backs for any legal or illegal immigrant to declare to the Obama feds that their civil rights were violated.
The directive makes Arizona's border more porous, the prime target for a renewed onslaught of illegal aliens and for illegal activities.
This DHS policy is a shot across the bow for any state considering similar immigration enforcement. It is an egregious action by the Obama administration against the police officers and citizens of Arizona; and ultimately the people of the United States.
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