Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is ticked off... actually, she's pissed off, let's face it... and if what follows is true, she ought to be... and so should we all:
Before lawmakers could fully digest the court’s decision on Monday upholding the “show me your papers” provision of the law, the Obama administration announced that it was revoking agreements with Arizona police over the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Brewer told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren on Monday that she was “shocked” and “outraged” to learn of the move.
“This is politics at its best,” she said. “It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is, ‘Drop dead, Arizona. Drop dead and go away. We’re going to ignore you.’”
The Republican governor repeated that despite the concerns of critics, law enforcement officials in her state would not engage in racial profiling, and accused the administration of holding back Arizona from tackling illegal immigration.
“It just is incomprehensible to think that this has all taken place today. And it ticks me off. I think that it should tick the people of America off,” she added. “And it’s almost become apparent that they can do whatever they darn well want! They don’t want to enforce their laws. They won’t let us help them enforce their laws.”
The Supreme Court upheld a controversial provision of SB 1070 that requires police officers to check the immigration status of an individual who has been stopped for questioning if there’s reason to believe that the person is undocumented. Brewer, who signed the immigration bill into law in 2010, had hailed the ruling as a vindication for her state and a “victory for the rule of law.”
But the Department of Homeland Security announced later Monday that it was revoking its so-called 287(g) agreements with Arizona law enforcement agencies — a partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that gave local police the power to enforce immigration laws.
Brewer also criticized the policy shift in an interview with John King of CNN.
“They arbitrarily single out Arizona and sent a bomb, if you will, across our bow and made Arizona once again a target,” she said. “The people of America ought to be outraged. This is absolutely an assault.”
We don't have a President, we don't have separation of powers, we have a dictator abusing his power.
This sort of stuff simply cannot stand.
It's quite incredible. It's... dare I say... unprecedented.
November needs to get here in a hurry.
UPDATE: Rush has opened his show with this story today and is referring to this PJMedia piece that is well worth sharing in part:
This is a political maneuver designed to punish Arizona, which is already reeling from the lawlessness on its border with Mexico. It also tells us that the administration has given up on winning Arizona, which until recently was considered a swing state, this fall. Obama has written it off, and is now going Soviet on it to make it an example to others. He is essentially kicking Arizona out of whatever is left of the federal government’s border enforcement, declaring to smugglers and traffickers that Arizona is very much on its own. The sucker punch comes when police enforce Section 2B of 1070 and get the state sued again. That’s likely to put the law back on hold, giving the green light to anyone who wants to sneak into Arizona from Mexico for any reason whatsoever.
The Obama administration did something like this with Texas years ago, when DHS Secretary Napolitano reportedly laughed at the state’s direct request from Gov. Perry for more enforcement help on the border. After that, the president completed his obnoxious disregard for the state by visiting the border at El Paso and mocking requests for more security.
We have a remarkable president on our hands. He openly defies the defined obligations of his office, then crafts new abilities to strike out at the states that he dislikes, imposing energy famines and abetting lawlessness in the name of his warped worldview. It’s hard at the present time to regard the union of our United States as such. It doesn’t seem very united when Obama’s Washington keeps acting like a hostile occupier.
The dude is radical.
But some of us have been trumpeting that notion since well before November of 2008.