President Barack Obama called anew for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, saying a failure to do so will lead to “misguided” efforts such as legislation passed in Arizona.
“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” Obama said at a Rose Garden naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the U.S. military. “That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona.”
The actions by the Arizona legislature threaten “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,” Obama said. It also may hamper trust between residents and law enforcement authorities, he said.
He said he has instructed U.S. authorities to monitor the state’s actions and to “examine the civil rights and other implications” of the legislation.
Oh, and the other thing that’s typical Obama about this? 70% of Arizona likely voters disagree with him.
Aside from the issues regarding the illegal immigration, this should also provoke a very interesting and informative legal battle between the federal and state levels. Can the federal government overrule a state’s laws? Can a state enact a law that exempts it from legally marginal federal dictates?
This debate is critical a whole slew of current issues, as I’m sure you have already figured out.
There’s my two cents.
The great Arizona shoot-out