Almost all Americans are familiar with the fact that we once fought a Civil War, but not all that many of them realize that the War Between The States was not about slavery.
Slavery was the buzzword, but the real issue was states’ rights. Did the federal government have the right to determine if a state could or could not allow slavery? The people in Washington believed they did, while the individual states that made up the Confederacy disagreed.
I was reminded of that while reading a news report yesterday on the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper’s website, that said the Obama administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to void a two year old Arizona law enacted to punish companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens.
In spite of the fact that a federal judge in Phoenix, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, have ruled that the Arizona law is valid, the Feds say that federal law bars states from imposing penalties on employers who hire those who are in the country legally. The Immigration Reform and Control Act, passed in 1986, precludes states and cities from imposing civil or criminal penalties on employers for hiring illegal immigrants. But, in typical political double talk, the same law allows states to have their own “licensing or similar laws.”
As many who have left comments on this blog in the past have said, if we punish the businesses that hire illegal aliens stiffly, and take away the savings they get from hiring cheap, illegal labor, it would go a long way toward reducing the number of illegal aliens coming into the country. Yet, the Feds want to stop Arizona from doing so. Why?
The Department of Justice is also considering asking a federal court to invalidate Arizona’s new law, which requires police to question people they stop about their status, if they reasonably suspect that they are in this country illegally. The Arizona law also makes being an illegal immigrant a violation of state law.
So what’s up with the thinking of the present Administration? It’s almost like they want to encourage the hordes of illegal aliens coming over the border, and they want to prohibit border states from trying to stop the invasion.
A lot of people in the border states, especially here in Arizona, are fed up with waiting for Washington to do something, and in true American fashion, they have taken the bull by the horns and started enacting and enforcing laws that basically mirror existing federal laws that are being ignored. Utah, Texas, Ohio, Georgia and Maryland are pushing for similar legislation.
But, instead of realizing that things have gone way too far, and that they have to take a stand to remedy the problem, the lawmakers in Washington continue to suffer from cranial-rectal inversion, thinking they can just talk the issue to death.
There is an old saying, attributed to several scholars, that says “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.” Maybe President Obama and his crowd need to think about that and remember what happened in this country during the Civil War. States do have a right to make their own determinations of what is in their best interests. Especially when the federal government continues to ignore its responsibilities.
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