But guess after whom the DOJ refuses to go? Sanctuary cities. You know, places like San Francisco, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Seattle, to name a few, which willingly flaunt federal immigration law by ignoring immigration law as it applies to illegal immigrants. Tacoma Park, MD, flat out refuses to enforce federal immigration laws:
2. All City officials and employees continue--in keeping with our City's Sanctuary status, and with our long and distinguished history of protecting the human rights of our residents--to preserve all Takoma Park residents' freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and privacy; and that all Local law enforcement personnel refrain from participating in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
And that doesn't merit a closer look by the Department of Justice? Evidently not. Takoma Park, and other cities like it, are just A-Okay as far as the DOJ is concerned.
I kid you not. Take a look:
If you prefer to read about it, this article has all of the highlights, or lowlights, depending on your perspective, "Justice: Sanctuary Cities Safe From Law." That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
Well, while our US Department of Justice is all busy suing the bejesus out of one of our states, essentially for doing a job the federal government refuses to do, but doesn't think anyone else should either, all is not lost. It turns out there are a number of states who are aligning themselves with Arizona, as this article indicates, Brief For 9 States Backs Arizona Immigration Law:
States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona’s immigration law.
Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.
The Arizona law, set to take effect July 29, directs officers to question people about their immigration status during the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops and if there’s a reasonable suspicion they’re in the U.S. illegally. [snip]
Oh, Cox didn't stop there. He had plenty more to say:
[snip] “Arizona, Michigan and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state’s efforts to protect its own borders,” Cox said in a statement.
Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, in a statement released by Cox's office, said she was thankful for the support.
In a telephone interview, Cox said the nine states supporting Arizona represents “a lot of states,” considering it was only Monday that he asked other state attorneys general to join him. The brief was filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona on the same day as the deadline for such filings.
“By lawsuit, rather than by legislation, the federal government seeks to negate this preexisting power of the states to verify a person’s immigration status and similarly seeks to reject the assistance that the states can lawfully provide to the Federal government,” the brief states. [snip] Click here to read the rest.
Clearly, a number of states, along with Arizona itself, are not willing to take the actions of the DOJ lying down. And good on them, I say. Especially when there is such an egregious double standard. It is just fine and dandy, apparently, for a number of cities to flat out claim they refuse to abide by federal immigration law. But let a state claim they intend to enforce said laws, and all hell breaks lose.
Am I missing something here?