In explaining the rationale for the lawsuit, a senior Department of Justice official told reporters:
This is about who in our constitutional system has the authority to formulate immigration policy. And as the Supreme Court has explained, and we believe the constitution makes clear, constitutional and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork of [immigration laws] throughout this country.
That is complete nonsense. Arizona is not making immigration policy. It piggybacks on the federal law and simply directs its own law enforcement officials to do what they should do anyway – to turn over information about suspected illegal aliens to federal authorities and to ask the federal authorities to verify their status under federal law.
The DOJ’s complaint makes the absurd claim that by identifying suspected illegal aliens and asking federal enforcement officials to check their status, Arizona would:
impose significant and counterproductive burdens on the federal agencies charged with enforcing the national immigration scheme, diverting resources and attention from the dangerous aliens who the federal government targets as its top enforcement priority…S.B. 1070’s mandate for verification of alien status will necessarily result in a dramatic increase in the number of verification requests being issued to DHS…[Department of Homeland Security]
In other words, the Justice Department is saying that Arizona is giving federal bureaucrats too much work to do. It is effectively saying that Arizona is interfering with federal enforcement officials’ ability to turn their eyes away from illegal activity and not to enforce the federal immigration laws that they are charged to enforce.
To put it another way, the Department is trying to paper over the Obama administration‘s failure to meet the federal government’s constitutional responsibility under Article 4 (Section 4) to “protect” Arizona and the other states “against Invasion” by Mexican drug cartel thugs and other aliens entering our country illegally.
In sum, this administration has demonstrated that it is willing to protect illegal aliens instead of protecting the citizens of Arizona and other states, and to ignore voter intimidation if white citizens are the victims. By doing so, it has changed our Department of Justice into a Department of Injustice.