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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:58 PM

Scalia Skewered & Left On The Hanger To Dry - By Conservative Icon Richard Posner

He is very concerned with the fact that the Obama administration recently announced a program suspending deportation efforts directed at more than1 million illegal immigrants under the age of 30. He quotes President Obama as having said that the program was "the right thing to do." Justice Scalia says that it "boggles the mind" to think that Arizona could be contradicting federal law by enforcing applications of federal immigration law "that the President declines to enforce." He says that the federal government "does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written, and leaves the States' borders unprotected against immigrants whom those laws would exclude." The federal government is "refus to enforce the Nation's immigration laws."

These are fighting words. The nation is in the midst of a hard-fought presidential election campaign; the outcome is in doubt. Illegal immigration is a campaign issue. It wouldn't surprise me if Justice Scalia's opinion were quoted in campaign ads. The program that appalls Justice Scalia was announced almost two months after the oral argument in the Arizona case. It seems rather a belated development to figure in an opinion in the case.


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In his peroration, Justice Scalia says that "Arizona bears the brunt of the country's illegal immigration problem. Its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrant who invade their property, strain their social services, and even place their lives in jeopardy." Arizona bears the brunt? Arizona is only one of the states that border Mexico, and if it succeeds in excluding illegal immigrants, these other states will bear the brunt, so it is unclear what the net gain to society would have been from Arizona's efforts, now partially invalidated by the Supreme Court. But the suggestion that illegal immigrants in Arizona are invading Americans' property, straining their social services, and even placing their lives in jeopardy is sufficiently inflammatory to call for a citation to some reputable source of such hyperbole. Justice Scalia cites nothing to support it.

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As of last year there were estimated to be 360,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona, which is less than 6 percent of the Arizona populationóbelow the estimated average illegal immigrant population of the United States. (So much for Arizona's bearing the brunt of illegal immigration.) Maybe Arizona's illegal immigrants are more violent, less respectful of property, worse spongers off social services, and otherwise more obnoxious than the illegal immigrants in other states, but one would like to see some evidence of that.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:09 PM

1. I'd say Scalia's lost his mind, if he'd ever had one.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:13 PM

2. Scalia is a political hack, what do you expect from a political hack?

Scalia is Bork, one of several Borks on the USSC now. The Pubs spent a couple decades putting as many Borks as possible on the USSC.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:37 PM

3. He's unwilling to wait for another Gore v. Bush case to select Romney, so he's starting now.

These guys are so drunk on power that it's frightening. They believe they'll get away with it again. Sandusky, too, was laughing and chuckling until the jury convicted him. I want to see that smug look on Scalia's face turn into something more human.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:20 PM

4. Arizonans are more likely to be xenophobic transplants from the north. Texas, Florida and California

are where immigrants really go---for the jobs---and in those states, folks are much more comfortable with Latino culture.

In other words, the immigrants are just immigrants. It is the bigoted white folks who grew up never meeting a Latino who find them so scary.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

5. It is estimated that there are currently about 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

In California alone it is estimated to be 3 million illegal immigrants. Not really getting where Arizona is "bears the brunt" here.

Scalia is a disgrace to the USSC. If the other four members of the Gang of Five had a shred of honor they would tell him to STFU.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:52 PM

6. Maybe my state should draft a law that empowers our psychiatrists....

...with the duty to examine the mental health of extradited radical SCOTUS Judges!

Fair is fair!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 05:37 PM

7. Fuck him and his loaded diaper

He's got no shortage of his own private filth to wallow in.

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