OBAMA VS. ARIZONA – AT 8:23 A.M. ET: The Justice Department, in what Eric Holder will probably see as his finest hour, has gone to war against Arizona, the evil empire in the southwest. It wants to strike down the Arizona law...wait a minute, there's something wrong here. Read on, from The Politico:
The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to strike down a state immigration-enforcement law Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signed as governor of Arizona.
In a filing Friday afternoon, Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal asked the court to hear a challenge brought by employers and immigrant-rights groups to the employer-sanctions statute Napolitano signed in 2007.
"Those provisions disrupt a careful balance that Congress struck nearly 25 years ago between two interests of the highest importance: ensuring that employers do not undermine enforcement of immigration laws by hiring unauthorized workers, while also ensuring that employers not discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities legally in the country," Katyal and other government attorneys wrote. "There is no reason to believe that Congress intended a result that would subvert the purpose and operation of its general prohibition on state sanctions."
COMMENT: Now wait a minute. They were getting all hot and bothered about the new Arizona anti-illegal-immgration law. But they're not going after that one, at least not this week. Holder is going after one signed by a fellow Cabinet member.
This may be a first. What do they say to each other at Cabinet meetings? "Hi, Janet, you're a lawbreaker." "Hi, Eric, you're a fascist."
I can't wait. This is fun. The Department of Justice monster is out of control. They're eating their own.
May 29, 2010