Feathered Bastard

Suffer the Children? They Certainly Would if Certain Idiot Arizona Politicians Had Their Druthers

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To be sure, Whitmore says the PRP had never seen numbers like this before -- sometimes as many as 300 refugees were present at one time. It was a challenge her organization handled with the help of the public.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's Greyhound station still is seeing large numbers of immigrants

More than 1,000 unaccompanied minors, women with children, and teenagers reportedly are being kept in a warehouse in Nogales, Arizona.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other federal authorities publicly have stated that minors are going to get released only to their parents or foster care, and that there's not a guarantee that immigrant kids, any more than their parents or other immigrants, will be allowed to remain in the U.S.

A tough situation, to be sure, one with roots in unstable Central American countries where gang violence and poverty are out of control.

So what does Horne, who is trailing in the polls to his GOP primary rival Mark Brnovich, want to do about it?

Sue the feds. Which he's proscribed from doing directly, but he would get some other department to sue, supposedly.

On June 12, Horne sent a letter to Johnson demanding that DHS "cease and desist from transporting adult aliens and alien families from other states to Arizona."

He suggested that what DHS was doing is illegal, citing a federal law about securing the border and another about transporting illegal aliens.

What Horne and other nudnik Republicans fail to grasp is that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding SB 1070 in 2012 reaffirmed the federal government's "broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration," as stated by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the court's majority opinion.

"Removal is a civil, not criminal, matter," Kennedy writes. "A principal feature of the removal system is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials . . . Federal officials, as an initial matter, must decide whether it makes sense to pursue removal at all. If removal proceedings commence, aliens may seek asylum and other discretionary relief allowing them to remain in the country or at least to leave without formal removal."

Kennedy's words make sense in the current humanitarian crisis. In fact, they make me grateful for the system of federalism we have, where federal law is "the supreme law of the land" and immigration policy is not subject to the whims of attorneys general.

Can you imagine the chaos that would reign, if there were 50 attorneys general as self-serving as Horne, who could impose their wills over the federal government?

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons