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For the first Lott's comments from Arizona governor Jan Brewer in response to the Supreme Court decision ruling against parts -- state controversy and it controversial immigration law.
And upholding one other key part.
Justice Antonin Scalia who is part of the right wing bloc of the court you know there's basically four conservatives or liberals and one.
-- -- right justice that would be Kennedy.
Scalia's and the right.
Block of the court he wrote in his scathing dissent today that he would have allowed the entire Arizona law.
To go forward and to have deemed it constitutional he's singled out.
The recent White House decision to block deportation.
Of some young illegal immigrants.
There has come to pack and is with us today -- actor that Arizona predicted.
A federal government that does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written and -- the state borders unprotected.
So the issue is a stark one.
Are the -- state at the mercy of the federal executives' refusal.
To enforce the nation's immigration laws.
Joining me now Julian Epstein democratic consultant -- legal counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and and -- -- you re scalia's dissent today I mean he seems flabbergasted.
That that in his view -- the feds are not enforcing the immigration laws as written forget if you want to revise and change -- There -- not enforcing them as written and now have also stepped in and been given a green light by the majority to.
To prevent -- from enforcing those same laws as written.
Well right because he put so real predicament on the table which is the reality -- Supreme Court opinions are written under constitutional -- but there are real consequences.
When those decisions are implemented and and then.
Arizona's at a very difficult spot here so you got portions of the law that we're -- preempted the guts of the -- all the big provision that was the controversial provision to be is held constitutional.
That is the provision which allows further stopping and asking and if there is a concern that there may be a -- You know illegal situation that they were -- mandate a contact to immigration not now immigration been told by the president for certain age groups.
Don't enforce the law so this is becomes put the states in the worst possible place.
Where even laws that the Supreme Court in today's opinion said were constitutional and could be implemented.
-- pulling no effect for certain age group so this is a no wonder Justice Scalia was upset I mean did.
Governor -- correct that to -- the section that was the most controversial the court unanimously.
Declared constitutional but the reality is because of the executive order in sportsman of any these provisions are up for grabs at best and at worst.
Cannot be enforced.
He talked about in his dissent -- and that that the the government says the feds say they can't enforce certain you know park the law they get the can't deport everybody because they have -- and limited resources.
And he points to bit.
Path that the administration just gave -- one point four young illegal walk from where per million young illegal immigrants I think obviously.
That that's not the case because economic resource is it gonna take.
To do the two year annual review -- those young illegal immigrants this is about something else and he says.
You know -- it it be if the state now don't have the right to enforce a lot that are -- on the federal books what are they need to do.
Well that complaint could be directed at Mitt Romney in the Republican Party because the Republican leadership.
Has refused to say whether it disagrees with president Obama's decision.
Not to deport those who were brought here at a very young age in fact you've got a number of Republicans out there are saying that's the human right thing to do.
-- Jay's point about a brutal Archuleta prostate please I don't interrupt you.
Am -- the only point -- -- -- you -- -- asking Mitt Romney went -- the question about the Supreme Court you're attacking Mitt Romney who.
Out without doing ahead I look back AI is degas had I don't interrupt you.
Then the court did not uphold the most controversial part this was an old but fashioned slapped down to Arizona three of the four provisions including.
The three most -- -- for controversial provisions were declared unconstitutional.
The provision that says.
You must carry documents -- papers to document your immigration status the provision that says it's a crime to look for work if you're an undocumented immigrant the provision that gives the police.
Power to do warrantless searches the only provision that was withheld that was held constitutional was a provision that said in the course of normal law enforcement duties.
An officer may check on the illegal immigration status.
And even then if it's determined that an individual does not have.
Proper status or proper documentation the police can't do much about it they can't engage in any kind of deportation proceedings all the can do -- simply -- the matter to the -- So that the Arizona.
The law was intended.
To create a state criminals nation.
Of at a lack of immigration status and the court absolute shot that down this was a slap down by the court -- the Arizona statute.
Yeah well now to answer your question that you right.
Arizona's that are very difficult spot because -- got a situation with the law that they can enforce the president is basically by the stroke of his pen.
Vetoed it you have to ask yourself the president had a house and a demagogue house and the senate.
Controlled by the Democrats for two years never put forward immigration reform and -- we do respect the fact of the matter is the question today is.
Does the Supreme Court.
Bootstrap the state of Arizona and it's not just their go to that -- -- -- -- any state that tried to protect its citizens I.
I am all in favor for comprehensive immigration reform which I my -- governor Romney has said emphatically even in the last few days.
He is too but this piecemeal approach to executive orders not only raises serious constitutional issues.
But it's lousy policy but I'm the grandson.
Other Russian immigrant to the United States I like legal immigration my grandfather came -- Ellis Island he learned to speak English he did the rules he became a citizen he was -- that's a process but I respect that I I'm glad we have in the country but.
Arizona has a really serious problem this decision today certainly does not help Arizona ideologue.
You know it's clear that a majority the court -- three of those provisions.
Are unconstitutional bats the law the land now the one involving the stop asking and determines that it is constitutional but.
You've got a president to executive board that's basically making that Null -- -- some mistakes -- not awful hard place but to make it's that you know this isn't about Mitt Romney this is about.
The supreme court's decision and what Arizona was trying to do and at the end of the day the rule of law is the rule of law the Supreme Court made it a bit -- we try to -- Martin doesn't believe -- but I do think that they they got -- quarter of the time a conservative court has declared unconstitutional.
At least 80% of what was in the Arizona law.
One -- -- is in terms of the federal responsibility everybody agrees the federal government should take action which should get comprehensive.
Immigration reform but to the point that -- made about president Obama's recent decision not to deport using the discretion not to deport.
People -- -- at a very young age which is not too dissimilar from.
-- Republican presidents have done what -- -- that Barbara departure the point there is that the Republican Party led by Mitt Romney refuses itself.
To say whether disagrees with that therefore I think it's fair to interpret that as that -- having -- look at -- what the president did right.
I'm David Alan I wanna leave the viewers with -- much different that day how that's true I mean I'm we're excited about their article finally know which we've -- -- -- the hundreds with a one other note from just -- -- on that point he writes and examples we have carried out.
The president said at a news conference that the new program -- what we've been discussing with the young illegal immigrants.
Is the right thing to do in light of congress' failure to pass the administration's proposed revision a federal immigration law.
Perhaps it is -- Arizona may not think so but this day as this court does that Arizona contradicts federal law.
By -- -- -- laws the president declines to enforce.
Boggles -- mind.
Helio colorful as any I had that is not the law of the land and the minority opinion that threat that the defense that doesn't count and it one at that -- but it did you think I think -- -- thing.
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