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Justice: Sanctuary cities are no Arizona-No plan to file lawsuits for refusing to cooperate with fed

 
 
woiyo
 
Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:02 pm
"The Obama administration said this week that there is no reason to sue so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to cooperate with federal authorities, whereas Arizona's new immigration law was singled out because it "actively interferes" with enforcement.

"There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law," Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., told The Washington Times. "That's what Arizona did in this case."

But the author of the 1996 federal law that requires states and localities to cooperate says the administration is misreading it, and says drawing a distinction between sanctuary cities and Arizona is "flimsy justification" for suing the state.

"For the Justice Department to suggest that they won't take action against those who passively violate the law --who fail to comply with the law -- is absurd," said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and chief author of the 1996 immigration law. "Will they ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Will they ignore banking laws that require disclosure of transactions over $10,000? Of course not."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/14/justice-sanctuary-cities-are-no-arizona/

Amazing. Twisted logic or is something more devious going on?
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:08 pm
@woiyo,
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Amazing. Twisted logic or is something more devious going on?


Yes, this is amazing and twisted logic.
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Will they ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Will they ignore banking laws that require disclosure of transactions over $10,000? Of course not."


Failing to turn in illegal aliens to the Federal government is not a crime anymore than failing to turn in your neighbor who cheated on his taxes is a crime.
woiyo
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:24 pm
@parados,
You do not see a double standard? Of course, you're blind!!

Since you think it is OK for the Fed to no enforce current immigration laws, what other laws should the Feds not enforce?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:33 pm
@woiyo,
woiyo wrote:

You do not see a double standard? Of course, you're blind!!

Since you think it is OK for the Fed to no enforce current immigration laws, what other laws should the Feds not enforce?

Where did I say it was OK for the Fed to not enforce laws?
woiyo
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:38 pm
@parados,
Since the article says NOTHING about "turning in illegal immigrants", you apparently support the DOJ position of ignoring States that ignore Federal Law and support the DOJ lawsuit against AZ for assisting in enforcement of Fed. Immigration Law.

Am I correct?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 01:48 pm
@woiyo,
The article talks about "sanctuary cities" woiyo. What do you think they are?
Why do you think they interfere with immigration policy?

What federal law requires that people be asked about their immigration status by city employees? If no such law exists then what law are states ignoring?
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