May 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that severely penalizes businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In a ruling likely to embolden Congress and other states, the court declared that Arizona's law fits comfortably within the state's powers. "Arizona hopes that its law will result in more effective enforcement of the prohibition on employing unauthorized aliens," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the 5-3 majority, adding that "the Arizona regulation does not otherwise conflict with federal law. " The highly anticipated decision keeps intact the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act. Under the law, employers' business licenses could be suspended or revoked if they hire illegal immigrants.
May 14, 2010 |
Selig: We're OK with the All-Star Game in Phoenix Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday turned down calls to move next year's All-Star Game from Phoenix because of a newly enacted Arizona law that empowers police to investigate a person's immigration status. Asked about such demands at a news conference, Selig defended baseball's record of inclusion and cited last month's report from the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, which gave baseball an "A" for race and a "B" for gender hiring.
August 1, 2010
A judge's decision to invalidate the worst elements of Arizona's odious attempt to usurp federal authority over immigration doesn't mean the Obama administration has time to savor the moment. That Arizona and other states feel they must fill the void left by inadequate enforcement of federal immigration laws should have motivated the president long before now to make immigration reform a higher priority. He instead spent tremendous political capital on watered-down, but welcome, health-care reform, and - in large part due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - has failed to get traction on climate change.
May 21, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Mexican President Felipe Calderon's appearance Thursday before a joint session of Congress dramatically illustrated - and possibly reinforced - the partisan divide that has stymied progress on immigration law. Calderon sharply criticized Arizona's tough new immigration law and the United States' refusal to ban assault weapons, which are being used in the violent drug-gang shootouts in Mexico. Afterward, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said Calderon "crossed a line" by urging changes in gun policy, and Sen. John McCain, (R., Ariz.
July 9, 2012
Though overshadowed by the shocking decision on health care, the Supreme Court's immigration decision issued three days earlier remains far more significant than appreciated. It was generally viewed as mixed because the Justice Department succeeded in striking down three of the law's provisions. However, on the law's central and most controversial element — requiring officers to inquire into the immigration status of anyone picked up for some other violation — the ruling was definitive and unanimous.
July 14, 2011
I'M WORKING my way through a dilemma. Want to be my shrink? Me: Is City Council misguided, moronic or malicious? Doc: There are usually reasons for aberrant behavior. Me: Doc, the enablers of bad behavior (not their own, for once) unanimously passed a resolution demanding the city stop cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the main investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Doc: Resolutions are toothless.
August 2, 2011
U.S. sues Alabama on immigrant law The Justice Department sued Alabama's government Monday, arguing that the state's newly passed immigration law conflicts with federal law and is invalid. "A state cannot set its own immigration policy," Justice said in a news release. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the law June 9 broadening police powers, following Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in requiring local authorities to identify illegal immigrants. Justice last year obtained a preliminary injunction against the Arizona law. Alabama's law, set to take effect Sept.
May 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time yesterday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national-security speech by President Obama. In conducting U.S. counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda and its associated forces, the government has targeted and killed one American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, and is aware of the killing by U.S. drones of three others, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy.
May 7, 2012 |
The Supreme Court is almost certainly going to uphold the most controversial portion of Arizona's 2010 immigration law, S.B. 1070 — the requirement that local police check the immigration status of people stopped for other offenses if there's reason to believe they are illegal immigrants. The U.S. Justice Department's case is based on the contention that Congress has prohibited states from assisting federal authorities in enforcing immigration law in this way — a claim that is transparently false and that even the pro-Obama members of the court were not buying during last month's oral arguments.