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Does Supreme Court Ruling Now Clarify Immigration Policy?

In light of Monday’s ruling on Arizona's case affirming that immigration is a federal responsibility, is U.S. immigration policy now clear or is it still confusing as to how it will be enforced?

That the immigration policy in the United States is broken is hardly in dispute. What appears to be the issue, however, is how to fix it. States have introduced legislation that is said to be firming up federal legislation not enforced. Much of that, however, was struck down in the Supreme Court decision Monday concerning Arizona’s law. Except for one provision, that being the ability of state law enforcement to question someone’s legal status when stopped for another reason, most of the Arizona law was rejected by the Supreme Court.

According to a report from CNN, the ruling makes it uneconomical for states to keep drafting legislation that the Supreme Court will likely strike down. There are several other states that introduced legislation they claim attempts to do the job the federal government doesn’t, but none have been enacted. In light of Monday’s decision, none are likely to be enacted now either.

The president also reportedly announced Monday that the government was revoking the 287(g) provision in Arizona. It is still in force in 68 other counties in 24 states though, including Gwinnett County. This is the federal progam that allows law enforcement to identify illegal immigrants if picked up for any offense and then turn them over to federal immigration officials for deportation. Funding was cut to these programs in February. However, except for Arizona now, the program remains in force in the other jurisdictions for the moment.

President Barack Obama also recently issued instructions preventing the deportation of people brought to the country by their parents illegally under a certain age. 

So what do you think of the Supreme Court ruling? Does it clarify the issue and make for a more streamline enforcement of U.S. immigration policy? Or has it just cast more confusion as to exactly what the current U.S. immigration policy is?

Deanna Allen June 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I don't think it clarifies anything. The thing is, illegal immigrants are here ILLEGALLY. The federal government should either enforce the laws or change them. At least the state of Arizona attempted to do SOMETHING about the issue of illegal immigration. Again, ENFORCE the laws or CHANGE THEM. In my opinion, those are the only two choices.
Brian Crawford June 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The Federal Government is enforcing the laws. We deported 400,000 illegal immigrants in 2011, nearly 1,100 per day. That's the most ever and appears to be the upper limit of our resources. The priorities for deportation are criminals and the most recent immigrants, before they have time to lay down roots. This makes perfect sense to me.
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
According to the New York Times, "In 2011, about 6.1 million Mexicans were living here illegally ..." So that would make 400,000 a drop in the bucket, right? That doesn't sound like enforcement to me. So if the government can't effectively enforce the law the only other option I see is to change the law.
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Oh, wanted to give you the link to the NY Times story, and I'm curious where you got your stats. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/us/mexican-immigration-to-united-states-slows.html
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Nice. It's good to know the government is trying to deport the criminals. Wait, if someone is here illegally isn't he or she technically a criminal?
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 02:59 AM
To clarify, I am not for or against deporting any and all illegal immigrants or for or against giving them all citizenship on the spot. I, as the saying goes, do not have a dog in this fight (ugh, dog fighters, now that's who we should be targeting) but I am tired of it being an issue and not being addressed effectively in some way or another. Then again, maybe ignoring it altogether IS addressing the issue. What do I know?
Brian Crawford June 27, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The 6.1 million Mexicans are only part of the 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the US. 400.000 is still a large number of folks to arrest and process. The average cost per deportation is $12,500. That's $5 billion in removal costs for 2011 alone. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/26/20110126immigration-deportation-costs.html
Tammy Osier June 27, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I like how Herman Cain put it. He's all for compassion and sees the point in doing SOMETHING. BUT we are a nation of laws and can't start circumventing laws to bring about anything regardless of the good it may or may not do. Once you start down that path, one executive decison after another, bypassing congress time after time, you end up with more of a monarchy than a democratic republic. The Hermanator alway does make good sense and I think I have to agree with him. Especially when I think this is nothing but a political ploy. How do I know that? Because this is something he promised he'd look into 3 years ago when the people needed him to. He could have but didn't. he was too busy being controlled by the whims of Pelosi and Reid. I think this will be a priority for the next election. And if Romney gets Rubio, I guarantee it will be as it should be.
Brian Crawford June 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Border crossings are down, deportations are up, we've got more boots on the border than ever before and ICE is doing an excellent job of prioritizing removal. I know I'm a bit partisan but when you look at all objective measures I don't see how you can help but give the Obama administration an A for immigration enforcement. This notion that we have an illegal immigration crisis is Republican hogwash. Could we do more? Sure if we want to commit more resources, but I think it's wrong to say we aren't enforcing immigration laws.
Brian Crawford June 27, 2012 at 03:25 AM
From the horses mouth. http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1110/111018washingtondc.htm
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Well, heck, if it's costing us that much for deportation, let them stay.
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
So enforcing the laws only when illegal immigrants commit a crime is considered enforcement? Wow. I didn't realize how much I like to argue. Let's keep this going. I'm being entertained. And that's what matters. : )
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 27, 2012 at 05:34 AM
What a BELL Curve... I'd have graduated with 8.9 under this scale... SO, I guess your family hasn't seen the real life impacts of this topic up close and personal in your lives yet. Brian, I truly pray that you and yours are able to remain in this blissful state of ignorance. Unfortunately, some of your neighbors and their families will never be able to return to that place irregardless of how hard they try. This issue transcends any Democratic or Republican talking points and has for years now. If people only knew how MUCH is really lost. Sorry but I can't call this entertainment at all.
Deanna Allen June 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I didn't say the issue entertained me. Going back and forth with Brian entertains me. And I was being facetious when I said that's what matters. And no, I haven't seen the real life impacts of this issue up close and personal. But I'm always up for enlightenment, so I hope you will go more into detail on what you mean by how much is really lost. I really would like to hear more.
Brian Crawford June 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Glad I could amuse you Deanna. One more point about this story and then I'm done being your boy toy....hahaha. The paragraph about the government ending the 287g program in Arizona implies that this was perhaps punish or retribution for AZ bucking the federal government. AZ Governor Jan Brewer went to great lengths to float this proposition in her statements after the SCOTUS decision was announced. This is not true. The DHS announced in their budget brief released last February that they were phasing out 287g in favor of the more efficient and cost effective Secure Communities program. From the brief: "287(g) Program: In light of the nationwide activation of the Secure Communities program, the Budget reduces the 287(g) program by $17 million. The Secure Communities screening process is more consistent, efficient and cost effective in identifying and removing criminal and other priority aliens. To implement this reduction in 2013, ICE will begin by discontinuing the least productive 287(g) task force agreements in those jurisdictions where Secure Communities is already in place and will also suspend consideration of any requests for new 287(g) task forces." http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/mgmt/dhs-budget-in-brief-fy2013.pdf
Karsten Torch June 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Uh huh....pulling the 287(g) program from AZ is not done for retribution. Even though they're the only ones currently that the program's been pulled from. Somehow, regardless of the statement made to the contrary, I choose to call BS. I find it ridiculous that the federal government can choose what laws they choose to enforce or not enforce. And if they choose not to enforce it, why states can't exercise their right and enforce it themselves. I'm also curious what precedent this case will set. Federal jurisdiction, according to the Constitution, has been upheld. So, does that mean that state's jurisdiction will be upheld? Are we to finally see the Department of Education go the way of the dodo? We can only hope.... I'm all for immigration. My parents are both immigrants. Sister. Most of my family. And probably all of you are descendants of immigrants. So yeah, I like bringing in immigrants. But at least sign the freaking registry upon entering. Truth is, these people are here illegally. They're not 'undocumented.' They're criminals. Like I've said before, you want it different? Change the rules. Pass new laws. But don't just arbitrarily decide which rules to follow and which ones to not. Or to selectively enforce who gets affected by the laws. There are no 'priority' illegals. They're all kind of illegal....
Karsten Torch June 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I don't know....$12,500 seems kind of cheap compared to what they're costing us in welfare and free medical care. Just sayin....
Tammy Osier July 02, 2012 at 01:53 PM
R- some real like incidents are this: When my son got out of the Army, he thought of moving to El Paso but didn't because his daughter has blonde hair and blue eyes. Seems there's a big problem with kidnapping young girls for sex trade. We've got to get a handle on our borders. That was one of the first things Herman Cain had spoken about if elected. Too bad he was chased off by those afraid of a man like him in office.
Tammy Osier July 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
real LIFE... wish we had an edit button lol

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