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AP: AZ Ruling Will Be Impossible To Enforce

From a hand wringing Associated Press:

Arizona police face questions after court ruling

By ELLIOT SPAGAT | June 26, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona’s police chiefs and county sheriffs hoped a U.S. Supreme Court ruling would settle their long-running debate on what role, if any, they should play in immigration enforcement. Instead, the justices’ decision to uphold the state’s "show me your papers" statute has left them with more questions than answers.

How long must officers wait for federal authorities to respond when they encounter someone illegal, especially given President Barack Obama’s new policy to only deport dangerous criminals and repeat offenders? If they release a person too soon, are they exposing themselves to a lawsuit from residents who accuse them of failing to enforce the law?

How do they avoid being sued for racial profiling? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he anticipated no change in how he does his job but that comes from someone who was accused of racially profiling Latinos in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department.

"We’re going to get sued if we do. We’re going to get sued if we don’t. That’s a terrible position to put law enforcement officers in," said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, whose territory covers much of southern Arizona and who has long argued against his state’s requirement that local law enforcement be forced to ask about the legal status of anyone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally…

As if the ACLU and La Raza have put up all of these obstacles in order to prevent the police from enforcing our immigration laws in the first place.

[Yesterday’s Supreme Court] decision left police chiefs and sheriffs grappling with questions ranging from what justifies reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country illegally to how long officers must wait when federal authorities are slow to respond to a question on someone’s immigration status…

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor estimates the statute will result in 50,000 additional calls a year to federal immigration authorities in his city alone. That includes 36,000 arrests a year for suspects who are not booked into jail, typically for offenses like disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting, vandalism and driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit…

"I’m not sure (the federal government is) set up to accommodate that workload right now. I hope I’m wrong," said Villasenor, who joined Dupnik and other law enforcement in voicing opposition to the 2010 law in a filing to the Supreme Court…

Notice how the AP quotes these two police officers, Pima County Sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, and Tucson’s Police Chief, Roberto Villasenor. Both of whom are such rabid opponents of AZ’s immigration law, they "filed declarations in support" of the Justice Department’s law-suit against Arizona.

And, lest we forget, Sheriff Dupnik is the same crackpot who accused Rush Limbaugh of whipping up Jared Loughner, the guy who shot Gabrielle Giffords.

And yet, the AP pretends that Dupnik and Villasenor speak for all of the local police chiefs and sheriffs.

"The Supreme Court’s decision raises the possibility of a significant increase in the number of inquiries, referrals and status verification inquiries from Arizona state authorities that will impact DHS’s immigration enforcement operations," the department said Monday in a note to field offices.

But isn’t it funny? Whenever the ‘social safety net’ gets expanded, like it just was by Obama’s amnesty to ‘children’ under 30, the nobody ever worries about the additional workload it will put on the government facilities.

But when it is a matter of enforcing our laws, and saving the taxpayers some money, it’s a different story.

Arpaio, the controversial Phoenix lawman known for his anti-immigration raids, said he was concerned whether federal agents will decline to pick up some illegal immigrants who are stopped by his deputies.

"I have my suspicions," he said

Sheriff Joe is right.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: AZ Ruling Will Be Impossible To Enforce”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    This could easily be avoided. Pass a new law that if you are detained for any reason under suspiscion of commiting a crime you must prove citizenship. Nothing racial there. Then you keep the ones that aren’t legal in jail until the Feds force you to release them, put it on them exclusively. When the jails are overflowing and the money runs out start screaming for a bailout, and jump on every media opportunity to scream bloody murder when the government denies the extra funding. Run to the ACLU and Amnesty international saying “look at these conditions! Why won’t they help us!”. When they turn there back on you, you have forced them to show their true colors as well. Two can play at this game.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Enforcement would be easier if the Feds did their job.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Is anyone beginning yet to see why 99% of the rebel-South fought to constrain and stand down the federal establishment they could clearly see developing???

    ‘Cause there ain’t nothing so vindictive as a centralized bureaucracy scorned.

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