You know that one friend of yours — and, to be honest, you're not even sure how you became friends, but now you are and there's no taking it back — who over-reacts about everything and calls you every fifteen minutes to tell you about the newest atrocity that he/she's experiencing? What do you do when you see their name pop up on your cell phone? You're not proud of it, but almost apologetically you whisper "Not now," to no one in particular and quickly slip the phone back into your pocket.
With that in mind, you may now read this news blurb about the White House's plan for dealing with Arizona in the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court decision on immigration…
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won't change President Obama's decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
"We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities," one official said in a telephone briefing.
I have a feeling Homeland Security's inbox is gonna get maxed out pretty quickly.
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Tags: Homeland Security, Immigration, Judiciary, Obama Administration, Supreme Court
Gov. Jan Brewer celebrates a strong conservative victory in today's SCOTUS opinion…
"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens."
Sen. Chuck Schumer celebrates a strong liberal victory in today's SCOTUS opinion…
"This is as strong a repudiation of the Arizona law as one could expect given that the law has not been implemented yet. Three linchpins of the Arizona law were struck down by a convincing majority of the Court as clearly violating federal law, and a fourth is on thin legal ice."
Today is a good day to be a conservative/liberal.
Tags: Arizona, Chuck Schumer, Immigration, Jan Brewer, Judiciary, Quote Unquote, Senate, Supreme Court
Mitt Romney waiting to make a statement on the SCOTUS immigration ruling until after Obama makes a statement so he can say the opposite.
— Fake Dispatch (@Fake_Dispatch) June 25, 2012
Tags: Barack Obama, Immigration, Mitt Romney, Supreme Court, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
Probably the most newsworthy: In a 5-3 decision, SCOTUS struck down/upheld Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law…
Wow! So, the three provisions that make it a criminal offense to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona were overturned and the one which requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons was upheld. These are some pretty shocking/predictable results from the increasingly partisan/fair-minded judiciary body.
This will obviously be seen as a huge win/devastating blow to President Obama, who came out vocally in opposition to this law. And during an election year, this should prove to be really helpful/harmful to his re-election chances. And of course, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who received tons of criticism/support for championing this law will be remembered as the true loser/winner here.
I think the lesson here is pretty clear to people on both sides of this issue. I won't insult your intelligence by spelling it out explicitly.
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Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, Immigration, Jan Brewer, Judiciary, Supreme Court
As John Boehner has pointed out, Barack Obama's recently-announced immigration policy, regarding young illegal immigrants "puts everyone in a difficult position." Because, on the one hand, Yuck, Mexican people! But on the other hand, Oh, they didn't just hear me say that yuck thing about Mexican people, did they? You can see the pickle that Republicans are in.
What makes matters even worse is that Mitt Romney has yet to say whether he's opposed to the President's policy because it goes too far or if he's opposed to the President's policy because it doesn't go too far enough.
Things have gotten so bad that Senate Republicans have been reduced to something approaching earnestness…
"Both the presidential candidates, both the incumbent and the challenger, are going to be addressing this issue Thursday at an important meeting of Hispanic-Americans. I think most of my members are interested in learning what Governor Romney has to say about this issue, and we're going to withhold judgment, most of us, until that time…
"I think we’re going to wait and see what Governor Romney has to say, and then our members are going to be discussing his views on this, and I think many of them will have similar views."
Oh, you think? That'd be a pretty funny coincidence, wouldn't it? "Oh, how odd! I feel pretty much exactly the same way he does. Wait, what did he say again?"
Now, as soon as somebody is able to tell Mitt Romney what he thinks about this, we should all be good to go.
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Tags: Immigration, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Senate