On Friday, in Arpaio v. Obama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s attempt to challenge the Obama administration’s immigration initiatives in federal court. According to the court, Sheriff Arpaio lacks standing to challenge the measures. Judge Cornelia Pillard wrote the opinion for the court, joined by Judge Sri Srinivasan. Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote a separate opinion concurring in the judgment.
The introduction to Judge Pillard’s opinion provides a nice summary of the court’s analysis. It also seems to accept the Obama administration’s characterization of its immigration reforms as an exercise of enforcement discretion, suggesting that this panel would have rejected Sheriff Arpaio’s claims on the merits.
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security facing what he perceives to be enormous practical obstacles to removing from the United States the eleven million people unlawfully present here, has sought to set enforcement priorities. He accordingly directed relevant agencies temporarily to defer low-priority removals of non-dangerous individuals so that the agencies can focus their resources on removing dangerous criminals and strengthening security at the border. People whose removal has been deferred are generally eligible to apply for authorization to work, and to reside in the United States for up to three years.
The opinion is long and interested readers should read the entire editorial in the Washington Post. However, it basically says that Sheriff Joe doesn’t have standing. Period.
I support President Obama’s decision to defer removal of people who are not committing serious crimes. In the first place, removing 11 million people would be prohibitive in cost and pretty much close to impossible. Let’s deal with reality.
There are people who are illegally in the United States committing crimes. I want those people removed and actually wish we could remove some of our own citizens. Why waste our money rounding up people who aren’t causing a problem?
Germany is having a huge problem at the moment because of xenophobia. Attacks on refugees have been relentless. Let’s not be like Germany. I don’t like institutionalized bias and prejudice. Right now, illegal immigrants are fair game in the minds of some here in this country. It is perfectly alright to insult them and speak of the them (and to them) with the greatest derision. In fact, one presidential candidate and his followers seem to think this is acceptable behavior. Trump has released the specifics of his immigration plan as part of his solution in his bid for the White House.
We have seen where having scapegoats got Germany. Let’s hope that they harness that 21st aggression against “others” and return to their newfound tolerance. Let’s hope America doesn’t continue to think it is acceptable to single out groups of people to hate. Let’s hope America doesn’t elect a leader who has great appeal to the masses. Leaders who have been elected just so a country can feel good about itself hasn’t worked out too well in the past. Remember how that worked out for Germany.