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Opening Shots Fired… July 28, 2010

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The first ruling has come down in the case of SB1070.  In her ruling today, Judge Bolton found that portions of the law were indeed superseded by Federal authority.  Additionally, she ruled that enforcement of the law as written would place too great a strain on existing resources.

I actually have no problem with these findings.  They both support the assertions that have been made for far too long.  Namely, that our Federal government hasn’t taken an active role in enforcing the laws that already exist.   If there is no disagreement that Federal institutions SHOULD already have the authority to act on laws as they exist, then I think its logical to follow with the question “Why aren’t they?”.  And that, really, is what lies at the crux of the matter.  This is what the law was meant to do make no mistake about that.  It is intended to focus attention on the fact that our Federal officials already have the laws in place to do exactly what SB1070 intended… they simply weren’t/aren’t doing anything about them.

Unfortunately, that’s the frustrating aspect of all of this for residents of Arizona.  Its like having a stretch of road where speeding routinely takes place.  There is already a speed limit in place and anytime someone calls for law enforcement to follow through on prosecuting speeders, officials eagerly point to the signs on the side of the road and proclaim the issue is “already covered”.  Yet the speeding continues.  So when local citizens ask their local sheriff’s office to begin enforcing the limit State officials jump up and scream and point out that there is, again, a law already in place.  Yet the speeders carry on.

The point being, no one is disputing that there is already the legal precedent.  What remains to be seen, however, is the enforcement side of things.  To date, that has been the issue.   There seems to be very little will to actually enforce/carry out laws on the Federal level.  States are beginning to recognize this and address their concerns as best they know how.

This is going to become an issue that will go to the Supreme Court for sure.  There is simply too much at stake to allow rulings at any lower level stand.

As an addendum:  I do find it curious that this administration continues to pursue policy that flies in the face of national sentiment.  There is overwhelming support for the law as written.  There was overwhelming opposition to the Health Care Reform bill as it was written.  Virtually all polls show that the issue highest on everyone’s agenda can be summed up through one word… J-O-B-S.  And yet so much attention has been given to these side “projects” while job growth has continued to stall.  In my opinion, this translates into very poor results for anyone attaching themselves to this administration come November.  I think we are going to see some distancing between Democrats running for office and the White House.  Should be interesting.