Arizona takes action against illegal immigration
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) discusses Arizona's proposed law
- Duration 9:09
- Date Apr 23, 2012
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) discusses Arizona's proposed law
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Conned all you thought the Supreme Court at a big case on its time.
Is what it started tackling president Obama's health care legislation.
Another huge case in front of the justices this week.
That is Arizona's controversial.
Immigration lol which allows the police to I ask anybody -- -- suspicious -- full day immigration papers.
For any ideas that might prove they -- -- not.
Legally he yeah well this is going to be a huge case watched by many states who have followed Arizona's example introducing new controversial -- And -- -- -- to be joined in the studio today by congressman Ted -- republic.
And Texas who has some investigators on this of course Texas being -- -- which has some issues with immigration I guess congressman.
Is that where your interest in this is really -- well because we have same problem that many of the southwestern states have.
On the fact that in many places the border is not secure.
And of course Arizona.
Because of their tremendous problem.
The fact the federal government doesn't adequately protect the border.
Have passed this law so I don't Seau -- -- of our -- have been talking about that is this a question -- they they seem to believe that this is a question all.
The states having no choice but to take action.
Because the federal government has failed to do you have some sympathy for the yes I did I think that's exactly wires on the placed.
Are made this law it is the responsibility of the federal government to protect and secure all of our borders.
Does feels like the government hasn't done that.
So they had to take the staff for their own public safety that's the purpose of -- small but as you say it almost everybody does seem to accept.
That immigration policy.
Is the purview of the federal government and -- the legal issue for the Supreme Court essentially no question about it -- constitution says immigration issues are to be handled by the federal government.
But is that -- exclusive.
Power of the federal government or can there be a concurrent.
Jurisdiction if you will with states that is what the Supreme Court is going to rule whether it's exclusive or whether states can.
Help out the federal government -- passing the same federal statute.
But making it a state crime which way do you see the Supreme Court going on this I mean that they they seem to be leaning perhaps slightly conservative in the way they've approached things so far.
Do you think they -- to uphold Arizona's -- strike it down or take it bit by bit.
Well -- once again we're gonna have a close decision it'll be 54 decision Justice Kennedy will make the deciding vote.
I think in this particular case.
The chances of -- local -- being upheld aren't as good as probably some think it will be I think it will be close to admit it you.
I think they -- probably rule it's the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts or the federal government -- in spite of the reason for the law.
The fact that the border must assume is not secure -- does not justify.
May not justify the state in passing a wall.
That is very similar to the federal law do you think -- on the -- six all of the -- the most controversial element of it this ability for any police officer.
To say show me your immigration status proved to me that your legal.
Do you think that is right and fat that the call should be able to do that and that anybody walking down the street should be subject to that sort of policy no I don't think that that is fair but the law doesn't really say that the law says the person must already had been -- detained for some other offense before the winning.
All kind of easy for anybody to come up with -- though isn't it and the law also has in the fact that.
In the -- that it racial profiling.
Is against the law and at the police officer racially profiles they could be sanctioned.
In spite of that I think it's going to be a close call because of the fact that it it does give the police.
Powers that relieved that the federal government doesn't have in that it makes state punishment.
For federal crimes that is the issue and the Supreme Court will rule -- before.
It's all right it'll be another interesting one one although a couple of other points on the immigration issue aside from the that Supreme Court case.
One of our view is -- for jury right CNN's that would like you'll -- On putting a lot more members of the National Guard on the border -- the thing that is a good idea.
And I know you have some thoughts on on putting more military equipment on the border as well.
I believe that we need more boots on the ground -- -- National Guard and National Guard yes and I've introduced legislation put 101000 on the border National Guard at the request of the state governors.
Administration's -- in the other direction they've already removed 900.
National Guard troops and leave -- 300.
-- everyone seems to think.
We need more people on the border.
The border -- -- as good job as they can but they're outmanned outgunned and now financed by the drug cartels puts more boots -- the put.
The administration argues that immigration is down.
Right now the -- of illegal immigrants coming across is down -- do you believe that.
Are down that's different then people cross where they are apprehending fewer people.
That doesn't mean that fewer people across it just means -- catching fewer people so be careful about the statistic.
But we're still have.
-- our own government says it only 44% of the borders secure and so 44% secure who owns the other 56%.
Not the US not Mexico.
It's still a problem for us the Arizona law was passed and you you think that as well as putting those extra boots on the ground.
Did the Border Patrol agents and the national god if -- that would be helped by having more equipment and you you think we could divert equipment coming back from Iraq.
Myself and he -- or from Laredo Democrat bipartisan move along with all the seventeen border sheriffs in Texas.
Have ask secretary Panetta to shift some of that equipment coming from Iraq.
To the border where can be used -- Tomas specific equipment and we're talk about humvees -- at night vision equipment and drones those that's three types of equipment that.
All of the border protectors the Fed rules the locals in the -- fish continues.
Primarily against the drug cartels that are the real problem I hope us secretary Panetta agrees to do that it's already paid for things better and equipment.
Why stored somewhere in a warehouse just industry to any of -- have no no indication of -- response yet -- have not heard from the secretary yet why aren't -- on it -- while we have you here let me get to a couple of other hot button issues and I'm sure you have some interest in -- some personal.
The Secret Service Campbell.
Do you believe the director of the Secret Service.
Should stay in place or does the buck have to stop with him -- I think the director -- the -- -- has to be held accountable for this conduct the Secret Service I think has always had a wonderful reputation as.
Top notch law enforcement and rightfully so.
This has been an embarrassment not -- the Secret Service but I think it's an embarrassment.
A for the country -- -- -- guy in charge accountable for the conduct of the people blowing so.
-- -- punishment should those who.
What Walt -- punishment should he have he has to go but also we should there be any further punishment other them firing people.
For the Secret Service agents I think we take -- on a case by case basis and see what -- exactly each one of them did.
Apparently no crime was committed ages.
Made bad judgment calls and it's an embarrassment -- did not only to the country but.
Even to the president.
And so there should be a complete review very quickly each person.
And and make appropriate -- are you happy with the way it's been handled so farming people are being -- it'll force -- pretty quickly yes I am I'm pleased that.
The Secret Service is moving very quickly with the the trouble and the people that were involved in making some decisions about postponing it all right and the general services administration's.
TSA gone wild is it -- the S videos -- parties and hot tubs and everything walk on is going on -- and how on earth do we can get rid of that culture.
Congress has the responsibility of oversight of all government programs include the GSA we're going to investigate them.
But that's a perfect example of why people don't trust the government with their money.
People in the Texas is everywhere else they're mad about this because they don't have get high gasoline prices after they pay their taxes and then you have some.
General Services Administration gone wild out party and and very expensive lavish conference in Las Vegas they're mad about it.
I think there should be some people who need be fired and then make the employees that actually went.
Pay back that the money that I futuristic OK but if I let you know you happy with the up presumptive Republican nominee for president.
Well these are back -- support the person who ever since whoever's the the nominee it's going to be Romney and so.
I support him I think we need someone to replace the president didn't sound like the most enthusiastic.
About -- -- the well I went back up at the four years ago when I wouldn't support a particular candidate -- they would either drop out of the race up are are you know they -- just get beat so bad so they got where nobody wanna my endorsement -- be careful out a lot of tight.
Governor Romney but -- support of support -- certainly all right great to have you hate congress thank you -- out of you congressman Ted Poe of Texas thank you very much for being here.