The Senate on July 21 blocked an attempt by a slate of Republicans to enervate the President’s lawsuit against Arizona’s new anti-illegal-immigration law by cutting off funds to the Justice Department that is prosecuting the suit.
John Stossel believes in free markets. The best result, in almost any situation, is individual liberty — government should stay out of the business of regulating human interactions. There is no doubt that in most cases we have far too much government and far too little freedom of choice. Does that apply to national borders as well? Are immigration laws another form of government regulation of free choices? Stossel is not sure.
Tomorrow morning the Arizona Latino Republican Association will announce its intention to become the first Hispanic organization in the country to declare its support for the new Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070, set to go into effect on July 29, by “filing a motion to intervene against the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration policy.”
John Morton, Director of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has urged other states and local governments not to pass new immigration laws like Arizona has recently done. What is his rationale? “I don’t think that fifty different immigration laws is the answer to our immigration troubles. I understand the frustration that many communities feel over the question of illegal immigration, but having a patchwork of state laws, I don’t think is the right way to do.”
While the overall complaint of the White House against Arizona’s immigration bill was its alleged potential for racial profiling, the lawsuit filed against Arizona last week by the federal government did not attempt to make the case that the law was discriminatory. Instead, the Department of Justice charged the state of Arizona with usurping federal powers. However, in an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, Attorney General Eric Holder indicated the possibility of filing a second lawsuit against the state of Arizona on the grounds of racial profiling.