Homeland Security Suspends Immigration Agreements With Arizona

by Crocker on June 26, 2012, 9:34 am

in Law

Well, that didn’t take long. Immediately after SCOTUS ruled on the Arizona immigration case yesterday, Janet Napolitano announced that Homeland Security was suspending its immigration agreements with Arizona. You would think that this suspension has to to with the enforcement provisions the Court struck down. But if you thought that, you’d be wrong. What she suspended involved cooperation with section 2(b) of the Arizona act – regarding immigration status inquiries – that the Court upheld.

Translated: if you pick up an illegal during a legitimate stop, don’t call Homeland Security because they’re not going to do anything about it. From the Washington Times via Hot Air:

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…

Federal officials said they’ll still perform the checks as required by law but will respond only when someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person…

On Monday the administration officials also said they are ending the seven 287(g) task force agreements with Arizona law enforcement officials, which proactively had granted some local police the powers to enforce immigration laws.

Moral of the story: if the fed decides to do absolutely nothing to enforce the law, we – and the states – are stuck with it. Worse, by not cooperating with Arizona when they lawfully pick up an illegal, the fed sets up the same sort of non-enforcement scenario upon which the Supreme Court preempted the rest of the Arizona act.

Take that, Arizona! Take that, Supreme Court! Take that, American People!

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