Jul 7, 2010
DOJ files lawsuit challenging Arizona's new racist “show-me-your-papers” law
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) finally did the right thing and filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Arizona's new unconstitutional racist “show-me-your-papers” law.
The lawsuit names Arizona and state Gov. Janice Brewer as the defendants. The U.S. Constitution gives the federal government, not the states, the power over immigration, naturalization and deportation. The law is unconstitutional and discriminatory based on violation of federal civil rights laws because it encourages racial profiling, it violates the U.S. Constitutional rights of due process and equal protection rights granted under the Constitution and it violates the Fourth Amendment privacy rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
It is clearly unconstitutional, but the problem is the rightwing U.S. Supreme Court.
The simple fact is just as we can’t have 50 different foreign polices, we can’t have 50 different immigration policies. This will turn out to be the worst piece of anti-civil rights legislation since Jim Crow laws.
Other states, including Michigan, are introducing copycat laws; even though many of them, like Michigan, are doing it just for political purposes to play to the fringe extremists that control the Republican Party. The lawsuit will put a stop to the attempt to have 50 different immigration polices.
Supporters of the voter suppression law claim the show-me-your-papers” law is needed because the Obama Administration is not enforcing the law and protecting the borders. Simply not true.
The simple fact is that spending on immigration enforcement has steadily climbed since 2002 and continues to climb under Obama. Spending for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increased from fiscal year 2002, at almost $7.5 billion, to fiscal year 2010 more than $17 billion.
The majority of law enforcement officers are against the show-me-your-papers” law because it will damage the relationships police have established in their communities and only help increase crime instead of reducing it, according to a story on ABC News. Police Chiefs from cities like Tucson, Salt Lake City, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and San Jose, as well as the Association of Chiefs of Police, are against the law because crimes will simply not be reported and people will no longer cooperate with police.