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The Obama Administration Takes Arizona To Court Over Their New Immigration Law: Left of Center View

The impression is that President Obamaís administration is taking the state of Arizona to court over the recently passed immigration laws in the state, but thatís only partially true, itís the Justice Department that is pushing for a high court review of the case. But it doesnít really matter who is in the office. No sitting President would allow a state to challenge Federal authority or law.

The Federal government uses its authority to accomplish just about everything, starting with the most basic of needs, funding. The IRS will always get its money. What does the immigration law that Arizona passed have to do with federal taxes? A lot more than you might think. Itís simple psychology, get away with one thing and you are more apt to attempt to try your luck again. Letís be honest the A number one issue for everyone is money, which here is in the form of taxes. People have gone to great lengths to get out of paying their taxes, just ask the Church of Wesley Snipes, but in the end the IRS gets their money and any challenge to Federal authority is in a roundabout way a challenge to their ability to collect taxes.

During the Bush administration, Presidential powers were increased. Now it is true that the current President has done very little to decrease the previous administrationís work in that area, but thatís more human nature than partisan politics. While Arizona may feel a bit put upon by the challenge coming from the current administration they would do well to remember that the last guys had a tendency to bomb those that disagreed with them. So at least for the moment this current border war is being fought in court-room.

All kidding aside, the issue being debated here is an extremely important one, do states have the right to decide which Federal laws they wish to abide by and which they wish to augment. To date the most effective tool in this conflict has been the power of the purse, or in this case Federal funding. But what happens when threatening to cut off a Stateís allowance no longer works? It appears that we are about to find out.


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The Obama Administration Takes Arizona To Court Over Their New Immigration Law: Right of Center View

To call this political grandstanding for his base would be an understatement. Barack Obama wants to get the Latino vote in November by any means necessary and this is one of the things he will use to do it. The argument the Justice Department has made to challenge this law would actually make sense if they were enforcing immigration laws at our southern border but they are not. They have chosen to allow sanctuary cities and undermanned border patrol stations to effectively prevent the laws on the books from being enforced. This move by the Obama administration is nothing more than playing to the Pelosi liberals running the Democratic Party.

Arizona passed their immigration law to fill in the gaps left by the last four administrations in the enforcement of our immigration laws. To be fair to the Obama administration, they are not the only ones to blame for the current flood of illegal immigrants coming into this country across our southern border. President Ronald Reagan started it with his amnesty plan and it has gotten steadily worse from there. If after the amnesty program in the 80ís there had been the enforcement promised by President Reaganís administration it would have probably been good for America. We would have gotten a better handle on who was inside our borders and kept future illegal immigrants from coming to America but it just didnít go down that way. Amnesty was granted and more illegals kept pouring in year after year with a new incentive to hang on until another amnesty will be passed by Congress.

If the federal government fails in its duty to protect its citizens then it is incumbent upon the states to act to keep their people safe. Arizona is the kidnapping capitol of the United States and many of those kidnappings are related to the Mexican drug cartels that need their people to be able to operate in anonymity. The lack of border enforcement only serves the interests of the drug lords and liberal politicians that rely on minority voters to swing elections. Arizonaís law is about the safety of the Arizona people. The Obama court challenge is about political gain. At the end of the day we should all hope that the judge that hears this case will side with the safety of the people of Arizona.

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