What Do Arizona’s Immigration Law and the Gulf Oil Spill Have in Common?


On the face of it, the administration’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona over its recently passed law making illegal immigration a state issue and the administration’s response (or more accurately lack of response) to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

Look behind the curtain, however, and one can see the similarities. In both cases, the executive branch, embodied by our Organizer-in-Chief, has stymied any efforts by state officials to ameliorate situations that threaten their citizens.

Relying on the word of our post-partisan President, it can only be coincidence that the governors of Arizona and the five Gulf Coast states are all Republicans. (At least Governor Charlie Crist of Florida is nominally a Republican this week.)

Beyond party affiliation, however, the thing that ties these six Governors and their states into a brotherhood of frustration is the apparently concerted efforts coming out of Washington to block every single plan that state political leadership has proposed to lessen the impact of clear and present dangers to the residents and the economies of their respective states.

Arizona’s law plans to arrest any person who is found to have entered our country illegally and then remand that person to Federal custody for repatriation, but only if the unlawful immigration status of the individual was discovered during a perfectly legal interaction between said person and law enforcement personnel.

Can’t have that!

To Obama and company, the logic is clearly that any activity that might result in a disproportionate result is de facto evidence of racial profiling, and so must be prohibited. Unless Sheriff Joe Arpaio can demonstrate a proportionate number of illegals entering the company from Sweden or Mongolia, well, that’s just shows incontrovertible evidence of discrimination run amok.

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has ruined his tooth enamel by grinding his teeth at the ludicrous delays and outright obstructionism of the Obama administration in dealing with Jindal’s (admittedly desperate) solutions for stopping the oil in the gulf from washing up on the shores of Louisiana.

These repetitive refusals to do something, actually to do anything, are destroying the livelihoods of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of his citizens who earn their daily bread by providing most of the rest of the country with the aquatic produce harvested by the shrimpers and fishermen of his state.

But perhaps the term “earn” is why Obama is courting ecological disaster in the Gulf. After all, if a citizen of this country can actually earn their livelihood, how would Obama ever be able to convince them to become wards of the state, and, as such, become reliable Democratic votes?

If people are prevented from entering the country illegally, how can the Obama-Pelosi-Reid troika create a groveling, beholden class of guaranteed Democratic voters?

But the most striking similarity between the Federal response to the Gulf oil disaster, and Arizona’s effort to defend itself from an invasion of persons who are not citizens, appears to be the administration’s belief that they, and only they, can determine what is proper behavior, what is a proper response, and what is the proper punishment for questioning this role that they have cast themselves in.

The Tenth Amendment clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Seems like a fairly straightforward statement. If the Constitution doesn’t say the federal government must do something, and also doesn’t say that the states must not do something, then the states can do whatever they need to do to protect their citizens, in whatever ways they choose.

Arizona is not trying to change any law regarding the naturalization of immigrants, so Congress retains the authority granted to it in Article I, Section 8. That being so, why is Obama having Eric Holder sue Arizona on the basis that its recent law is unconstitutional?

Reading the law, it appears that all it really does is aid the Federal government in controlling the influx of non-citizens who have not followed Federal law regarding immigration. Granted such a law, highlighting the failure of the administration to enforce its own law, might be embarrassing, but that hardly makes it unconstitutional.

There is no language in the Constitution reserving the right to determine the correct and legally permitted method of preventing oil from destroying a state’s ecosystem. So how is it that the EPA and the gaggle of other alphabet soup agencies in Washington, have apparent veto authority over any actions that a state may take in self-defense?

The Governors of the other 44 states (or 51 if you want to use Obama’s math) should take note of what is happening in Arizona and the Gulf states. The federal government is exerting more and more control over the individual states. At what point will the respective Governors, and state legislators, be relegated to the same levels of authority enjoyed by county commissioners or town councils? Unless Washington is brought to heel, the republic that has become the wonder of the world is doomed to becoming a larger, perhaps slightly wealthier, version of North Korea, with a megalomaniac leader and a compliant, rubber-stamp legislature.

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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