2012 WTF #28 – So what do you do when the United States Supreme Court issues a ruling you don’t agree with? If you are the Dept of Homeland Security, it looks like you issue directives to your agents to IGNORE the ruling!
In case you didn’t hear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law today, and ruled that Arizona may not impose its own penalties for immigration violations, but it said state and local police COULD check the legal status of those they have reasonable suspicion to believe are in the country illegally.
I guess that DHS didn’t like this because DHS officials stated today that it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
What does this mean? In a nutshell, the Supreme Court upheld that Arizona police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status on suspected illegals, BUT, thanks to today’s directive from Homeland Security, federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls.
Federal officials went on to say that they’ll still perform the checks as required by law but WILL ONLY RESPOND WHEN someone has a felony conviction on his or her record. Absent that, ICE will tell the local police to release the person.
So if you don’t commit a crime, you’re welcome here if you are an illegal… wait a minute, isn’t coming across the border illegally a crime in itself? Why yes, I believe it is…. Hmmm… Ahh, but it’s not a felony – and even if it was, if they haven’t been CONVICTED yet of that felony, then it doesn’t count! GOTCHA!