Obama slaps intimidation lawsuit on South Carolina over illegals
JAMES R. EDWARDS, JR. — The Obama Justice Department has launched yet another outrageous lawsuit against a state acting within its broad police powers, this time drawing a bead on South Carolina over its immigration law.
This administration has already sued Arizona over its SB 1070 in 2010, and Alabama over its recent immigration enforcement measure this summer. The executive branch has now challenged South Carolina’s similar law.
The Palmetto State’s statute is to become effective Jan. 1. The Obama administration has now moved to block this popular state measure.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that the statute is unconstitutional and violates the right to due process. That is the same basic argument leveled at other states’ laws.
. . . Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings earlier this year, the Obama administration’s move looks spiteful, cynical and full of hubris. The court ruled 5 to 3 in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting that state laws conditioning business licenses on employee verification through E-Verify fall within states’ far-reaching police powers. The requirement serves a legitimate state interest, ensuring a legal workforce.
In a second case arising from Hazelton, Pa., the high court upheld the local ordinance that follows the same course.
States and localities bear the brunt of the costs that illegal aliens impose on taxpayers. Most of the cost burden goes for education, welfare and medical coverage. Other costs include criminal justice and jail.
The Center for Immigration Studies reports that South Carolina has suffered a 337% spike in illegal immigration since 1990. In Alabama, illegal immigration has skyrocketed 287% over that period. Arizona’s illegal resident numbers rose 208%.
State and local costs for services siphoned by illegal aliens and their anchor babies now total $391 million a year in South Carolina. Alabama’s costs associated with illegals come to $298 million a year. For Arizona, illegal aliens cost the state $2.6 billion a year.
The Justice Department should reread the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment. The Obama crowd should start saving taxpayer money by not pursuing a mean-spirited intimidation litigation agenda. -------- [Full Story]
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