The Obama administration seems to be taking the discussion on the illegal immigration law in Arizona to a whole new level. Today, John Morton, an offical at ICE, told a reporter in Chicago that ICE may not neccessarily process illegal aliens turned over to them from officials in Arizona.
"I don't think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,"
Now, does an ICE official have the right to decide which laws they get to follow? I would like to think that they can't. John Morton may personally feel that the law is wrong, but should that mean he doesn't have to follow it.
The federal government has every right to take this to court. While I am not one that normally favors lawsuits, but in this case I believe that this needs to be fast tracked to SCOTUS and let them decide.
What I would like to know what he feels the solution is? While many on the right say deport them all, the reality is it isn't practical. But part of the solution must be to secure the border. The American people will much more likely to accept some sort of worker program if we know that the feds will actually do the job and not keep allowing people to slip through our borders illegally. We went through this amensty thing already. We allowed the illegals that were currently in the country to establish legal status, and we now have approximately 20 million more illegals. That is what the American people don't have an appetite for. Especially when you add terrorism into the mix. How do we know these people who are coming in from our southern border are not coming to kill Americans in mass numbers?
Even if you ignore the terrorism angle, you can't ignore the costs to states. A new report released for the state of Arizona is as follows:
$1.6 billion from Arizona's education system, $694.8 million from health care services, $339.7 million in law enforcement and court costs, $85.5 million in welfare costs and $155.4 million in other general costs.
But it is very telling that this administration's answer is just to ignore the law.