Next court showdown: Immigration, states' rights

  • Article by: DAVID G. SAVAGE , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Updated: April 22, 2012 - 11:17 PM

Obama's lawyer likely to face skeptical justices in seeking to overturn Arizona law.

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furguson11Apr. 22, 1210:17 PM

Who's going to pay for the enforcement and deportation? Right now, the US only has $$ to deport 400,000 illegals a year-each deportation costs the INS about $23,000 per the New York Times. There are at least 11 million in the country. That's why the policy focus on criminal illegal aliens, though the INS agents don't always agree do this.

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egraymondApr. 22, 1210:47 PM

The big problem for the Obama Administration and his Eric Holder ran Justice Dept. is that Arizona politicians diluted their immigration law so that it mirrors the Federal Law. It's going to be hard for the Feds to argue that Arizona shouldn't be able to enforce laws that the Federal Government chooses not to enforce. Once again, a state right vs. a government-centric role for our federal gov't. It's clear who'll win in this case, but it will come back as a wedge issue since the ruling will be released during the peak of campaign season 3 months from now.

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roymercerApr. 23, 12 7:40 AM

Let's give the media credit when credit's due - the used the word "illegal" in this story.

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privateeyeApr. 23, 12 8:55 AM

Seems like this is a good time to point out another pro-immigration President-----Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Reagan signed into law a bill that made any immigrant who had entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. The bill was sold as a crackdown, but its tough sanctions on employers who hired undocumented immigrants were removed before final passage. The bill helped 3 million people and millions more family members gain American residency. It has since become a source of major embarrassment for conservatives.----what has happened to the GOP party?

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avejoeconApr. 23, 12 8:55 AM

15 Million Unemployed Americans. 30 Million Illegal Immigrants. anyone else see the obvious solution. Votes before America, the Obama mantra!

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olszewskipApr. 23, 12 8:58 AM

Canada, Australia, NZ, UE all have immigration laws that allow an efficient process of bringing legal immigrants whose SKILLS are needed in areas where there is SHORTAGE of domestic labor force. We are drowning in never ending immigration disputes that date back to the previous century instead of adapting immigration policies that would allow the US to benefit from immigration. Just create a labor shortage list and draw people based on that. Plus let all high-level specialists from any discipline (professorial level) in because until about 20 years ago America was the leader in bringing best specialists from around the world. And protect the country from illegals and those who hire them: this will make plenty of space for immigration that the US might need.

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muskiedogApr. 23, 12 8:59 AM

Lets see they want to enfortce the same law the feds don't.

And know the feds are saying they can't do this?

Hillarious

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gofigerApr. 23, 1210:03 AM

Darvin Eason, who lost money after Georgia passed an immigration law last year and many of his workers fled the state... - Should read, Darvin Eason charged, fined, and jailed for hiring illegal aliens. The problem will stop when jobs and government benefits are no longer available.

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obamtarbabyApr. 23, 1210:45 AM

Who's going to pay for the enforcement and deportation? MAKE THE CRIMINALS PAY. yOU GET BUSTED, YOU GET DEPORTED..THE EXPENSE IS EXTRACTED FROM THE CRIMINAL.

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