Oral Arguments In Supreme Court Over Arizona Immigration Law

The WSJ is liveblogging the arguments.

Overall, the liveblogger says the Supreme Court "seems sympathetic to part of the Arizona Law. "

What is less clear is the fate of two sections of the Arizona law that create new state-law crimes based on violations of federal immigration law. Justices across the ideological spectrum at times asked skeptical questions of those latter provisions.

From the tenor of the oral argument, it’s possible a ruling in the case may not fall strictly along ideological lines. Some of the court’s liberal justices, though expressing concerns about the Arizona law, wondered whether the state could be prohibited from checking the immigration status of individuals within its borders.

One of those provisions is making it a state-level crime for an illegal alien to seek employment in state. Chief Justice Roberts seemed skeptical about this provision. Sorry, I don't see what the other one is.

This exchange seems important. (Reformatted in first-to-last top-to-bottom format; timestamps and signatures stripped out.)

As earlier in the day, the justices remained fixed on Section 2(B), which requires Arizona police to check immigration status of people they stop when they reasonably suspect they may be present unlawfully.

All that section does is require state officers to notify the federal government that they picked up an illegal immigrant, Chief Justice Roberts said. It’s totally up to the federal government to decide whether to take any action against that person. He couldn’t understand how that interferes with federal discretion over immigration enforcement.

Take those off the table, the chief justice said. “What could possibly be wrong” with having an Arizona cop call the feds to check immigration status?

...

Mr. Verrilli said, it created an accountability problem. State employees were enforcing federal laws, but were not accountable to federal officials.

[Also] he said, the huge number of inquiries would overwhelm federal resources

But federal law already requires the government to respond to immigration inquires from state officials. No member of the court seemed to accept Mr. Verrilli’s insistence that ad hoc inquiries from state cops were okay, but a statewide policy to do so systematically somehow undermined the federal immigration scheme.

You can see its not selling very well,” Justice Sotomayor told Mr. Verrilli. “I’m terribly confused by your answer.

Seems to me, said Chief Justice Roberts, the federal government doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally or not.

Pew Survey: Illegal Aliens are Self-Deporting. Net immigration from Mexico is zero, or maybe less, a survey finds.

From Kaus, with more. He observes that the previous CW claim (actually the liberal talking point, but I'll go with him and just call it "CW") was that illegals will never, ever leave, so we have to "just deal with it" through amnesty.

Now the CW shifts to "the illegals are leaving on their own anyway, so let's get rid of all the laws and enforcement that have helped impel them to leave."

Posted by: Ace at 12:51 PM



Comments

1 Pinch me! I'm now fantasizing about SCOTUS spanking Obama AND Holder in one term.

Posted by: Ohiogal at April 25, 2012 12:54 PM (SAYgH)

2 I’m terribly confused by your answer.

The periodic table would confuse you you idiot.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at April 25, 2012 12:55 PM (8/+nB)

3 It's pretty bad when even Obama appointees are critical of DoJ lawyers...

Posted by: Tex Lovera at April 25, 2012 12:55 PM (wtvvX)

4 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 12:55 PM (8y9MW)

5 I want to have the emathee.
I do, thees.
Butjoo aren't helping me, meestir lawyer.

Posted by: Justicia Sonia Sotomayor for Limon Pledge at April 25, 2012 12:55 PM (4kBXF)

6 >>Seems to me, said Chief Justice Roberts, the federal government doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally or not.

But then how are they going to know who has to buy health insurance and who gets free care? O_O

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ at April 25, 2012 12:56 PM (/kI1Q)

7 Joe Biden just called, and said this is a big fucking deal.

Posted by: jwb7605 who ignores oZfics at April 25, 2012 12:56 PM (Qxe/p)

8 Nice pick-up, Mr Chief Justice: Yes, the Obama Feds have no interest in who is here illegally. ---Also, the sky is blue

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 12:56 PM (Dll6b)

9 What part of 'illegal alien' do they not get......ILLEGAL !

Posted by: RUReadingthis at April 25, 2012 12:57 PM (V92KK)

10 From what Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox thismorning, it sounds like it's the Feds job.
Too bad they won't do it.

Posted by: Justamom at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (nWtXN)

11 Supreme Court, doin' work...

Posted by: Tex Lovera at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (wtvvX)

12 Now the CW shifts to "the illegals are leaving on their own anyway, so
let's get rid of all the laws and enforcement that have helped impel
them to leave."


Because their actual ideology is open-borders: they can't argue based on facts.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (8y9MW)

13 This whole Court is Out of Order!

Posted by: Felipe Calderon at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (4kBXF)

14 Seems to me, said Chief Justice Roberts, the federal government doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally or not.

Seems to me that the Chief gets it and will be one reasoning as to why the challenge will be tossed.

If the US government abandons responsibility, then the border states like Arizona will have to pick it up lest they be overrun.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (e0xKF)

15 the new media meme is that illegals are leaving here rather than coming here


video showed Mexican'ts climbing over a fence; supposedly we're supposed to believe that they're climbing BACK to Mexico. ---nice try, MFM.


There's still a dozen million or so here, man

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 12:58 PM (Dll6b)

16 Noted illegals, Auntie Zetuni and Uncle Omar are still here ... drunk driving and thieving public housing.




On the bright side, they are the least destructive members of the polygamous Obama clan in America.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 25, 2012 01:00 PM (X3lox)

17 So Zero can claim he stopped illegal immigration in it's tracks through disasterous economic policy. Si?

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:00 PM (OlN4e)

18 Nice pick-up, Mr Chief Justice: Yes, the Obama Feds have no interest in who is here illegally

Well, yes. I think the point was "hey, your mask is slipping." If the primary animus against the AZ law is that the Fed's don't want to know, then they really have no basis for their suit.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 01:01 PM (8y9MW)

19 This term, self deporting, is a bullshit term. Going back where they belong is so much more accurate.

Posted by: huerfano at April 25, 2012 01:01 PM (bAGA/)

20 “You can see its not selling very well,” Justice Sotomayor told Mr. Verrilli. “I’m terribly confused by your answer.”



Wow.....Sotomayor and Verrilli....now there's a battle of the dimwits.

Posted by: Tami at April 25, 2012 01:01 PM (X6akg)

21 that fat guy kagan seems pretty racist about mexicans

if he thinks about how its is ok for arzona to arest a guy

just for being a mexican or porto rican is bull shit

read the declareation of independents some time idiots

#JusticeForSprayford

Posted by: Jose Canseco's Gristle Encased Head at April 25, 2012 01:02 PM (+lsX1)

22 Si, man. Ees cheaper to be hungry and broke in Mexico than here.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:03 PM (OlN4e)

23 So Zero can claim he stopped illegal immigration in it's tracks through disasterous economic policy. Si?

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:00 PM (OlN4e)


And he lowered the unemployment rate by discouraging record numbers of people from even trying to find work.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 25, 2012 01:03 PM (X3lox)

24

Well, I hope they are taking into account"

"Mainstream Media's
HISPANIC SKIN COLOR ADVISORY SYSTEM
For Slanted Race-Bating News Coverage"

Like, when talking about Romney & Rubio:

The Wasp and the Whisp

"Mitt Romney is rumored to disobey the mainstream media's Hispanic Skin Color Advisory System while vetting vice-presidential candidates. According to experts, the likely Republican VP candidate, Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, is too light-skinned to be considered fully Hispanic, falling under a subprime minority group classification as White Hispanic, or WHISP. "

h/t thepeoplescube.com

Posted by: online comic book at April 25, 2012 01:03 PM (HOOye)

25 I would like to see a State Law, saying that only Residents of the State can recieve State Benefits... and that to BE a Resident of the State, you must be a US Citizen, or have an immigration Status.

This then pulls the issue out of Immigration, and US Citizenship, and into a States Jurisdiction, as States DO have the authority to Create Residency Requirments.

Posted by: Romeo13 at April 25, 2012 01:03 PM (lZBBB)

26 I bet the Supremes preserve the useless, foghorn part of the law (State officials tell feds the astonishing news that there's an illegal alien at large in Arizona) and toss the part that might have an effect (new state penalties for illegal immigrants who try to apply for jobs), having a net zero.

The punchline is that if this happens, liberals will scream that Arizona is a racist enclave and we're entering the Dark Ages.

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:04 PM (0rTQa)

27 I wonder if the AZ law, unlike Obamacare, has severability built in so that if I d part is struck the whole thing doesn't fall.
Why did AZ need a law anyway, to do what is lawful?

Posted by: Justamom at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (nWtXN)

28 Ummm, the unemployment rate in Old Me-he-co is about half what it is here


If people go where the jobs are............

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (Dll6b)

29 Barry crushing the economy is cause Mexicans to self-deport. You'd think we'd be thanking him, you would.

Posted by: toby928© at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (NG097)

30 The SCOTUS is the prize of this year's election. If non-voting conservatives don't manage to reelect Obama then Romney would have a reasonable likelihoodof replacing Ginsburg, Breyer and Kennedy. Even assuming he makesone mistake that still would result in a solid conservative majority that could serve together for a decade or more. If he manages not to make any mistakes (Allison Eid for Ginsburg, Neil Gorsuch or Paul Clement for Breyer, Jerome Holmes or Wallace Jefferson for Kennedy) then Katy bar the door because in that event the Court would have the ability to expunge from the lawbooks all major traces of leftism.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (f8XyF)

31 Does the Wise Latina comprehend English as a second language?

Posted by: Fritz at April 25, 2012 01:06 PM (/ZZCn)

32 Nice pick-up, Mr Chief Justice: Yes, the Obama Feds have no interest in who is here illegally

But that IS the actual basis of the feral government's case, that Arizona is breaking the law (LOL) by notifying the feral government in a way in which the feds know that someone is illegally in the US. I mean, that's what their whole case is, which is why this should have been tossed out of c ourt immediately. It is not a serious argument ... for a non-empathizing judiciary, of course.

I consider this suit by the feral government (especially in alliance with a foreign nation that has been actively helping millions of people breach our borders) to be impeachable, myself. Barky is using the feral government to attack an American state on behalf of a foreign invader.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 25, 2012 01:07 PM (X3lox)

33 Okay...follow me:
1. "The federal government has limited resources" even with trillion dollar+ deficits as far as the eye can see.
2. SOTOMAYOR is skeptical.
3. Read number 2 again.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at April 25, 2012 01:07 PM (B+qrE)

34 So Zero can claim he stopped illegal immigration in it's tracks through disasterous economic policy. Si?


Posted by: maddogg
-----------------

Yes, that's what he'll say in English.

When he speaks to Hispanics, though, it'll be all "Si, se puede!" and "Viva Cesar Chavez!"

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:08 PM (0rTQa)

35 I would have argued before the Court better than my lawyers.

Posted by: Barry Sotero at April 25, 2012 01:08 PM (FoNan)

36 Romney would have a reasonable likelihoodof replacing Ginsburg, Breyer and Kennedy.

Kennedy and Ginsburg for sure, as Kennedy will keep himself on the bench by force of will until Barry's gone while Ginsburg's health situation has been deteriorating for years.

The only reason she hadn't left before now is that Stevens was ancient and Souter beat her to the door.

I'm less sure about Breyer, as I think he will force himself to stick around in hopes of another Dem president.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at April 25, 2012 01:08 PM (e0xKF)

37 The 2nd one is making it a state crime to have no federal immigration papers

Posted by: laceyunderalls at April 25, 2012 01:08 PM (pLTLS)

38 Does the Wise Latina comprehend English as a second language?

Not the adjectives.

Posted by: toby928© at April 25, 2012 01:08 PM (NG097)

39 31 Does the Wise Latina comprehend English as a second language?
Progressive English, where words have opposite meanings from what we speak.

Posted by: robot voice at April 25, 2012 01:09 PM (xXhWA)

40 Pops, may 17 2010 (huffington post)


CLEVELAND — A U.S. immigration court has granted asylum to President
Barack Obama's African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country and
setting her on the road to citizenship after years of legal wrangling,
her attorneys announced Monday.

The decision was made by a judge in U.S. Immigration Court in Boston and mailed out Friday.
-----
Wong said the White House was not informed of the ruling. Obama
spokesman Nick Shapiro said Monday that the White House had no
involvement in the case at any point in the process

Posted by: willow at April 25, 2012 01:09 PM (TomZ9)

41 29 Barry crushing the economy is cause Mexicans to self-deport. You'd think we'd be thanking him, you would.

Posted by: toby928© at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (NG097)

Note... Mexican economy is doing OK... partly because Gasoline and Energy Prices, which are State run and controled, are much lower than in the US...

A Modern Economy is ALL based on having an abundance of cheap energy (IMO)... and Obama and his Minions are doing everything in their power to destroy and overwhelm the energy infrastructure of the US.

Posted by: Romeo13 at April 25, 2012 01:09 PM (lZBBB)

42
Killing our economy to the point where it's preferable to live in Mexico, which is an economic dynamo by comparison, causing illegal aliens to sneak back home.

That's INTEGRATIVE COMPLEXITY, homies.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at April 25, 2012 01:10 PM (mJMH5)

43 Mickey never seemed to get that the illegals left because the housing industry tanked so bad, especially in the southwest. That affected EVERYTHING since mexicans were so much of the cheap labor used to throw up those Tyvex crapshacks, reno for the flips, do the landscaping and all that good stuff.

Posted by: jeanne...meh at April 25, 2012 01:10 PM (GdalM)

44 I don't pray often, but I pray to GOD ALMIGHTY that Obama is handily defeated in November and Romney at least TRIES to put this country back on the right path.

Posted by: © Sponge at April 25, 2012 01:11 PM (UK9cE)

45 Soetoro should spend more time campaigning in Az. That's the ticket!

Posted by: Tough,Tougher,Crunchy at April 25, 2012 01:11 PM (c3mby)

46 Some illegals are self-deporting....now....but when the economy improves, they'll come back.

Especially if the border is still wide open, and there are new incentives for coming in illegally.

Posted by: wheatie at April 25, 2012 01:11 PM (O4AQQ)

47 Note... Mexican economy is doing OK... partly because Gasoline and Energy Prices, which are State run and controled, are much lower than in the US...
Also, they...what do you call it? Oh yes, drill.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at April 25, 2012 01:11 PM (B+qrE)

48 Every little but helps. Immigration policy tends to tighten up during down times. With more people choosing to go back the Dems will lose power on the issue.

Posted by: runninrebel at April 25, 2012 01:12 PM (N/1Dm)

49 So they're not retreating back to Mexico...they're advancing in the other direccion.
But if the worm is truly turning regarding our relationship with Mexico,that'll mean the job offers to wait tablesatBennigan's in Tijuana should be rolling in for the oodles of unemployed college fraudulents.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at April 25, 2012 01:12 PM (Ec6wH)

50 Sotomayor and Kagan on the US supreme court, what an international embarassment.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at April 25, 2012 01:12 PM (CvvhS)

51
<em>Why did AZ need a law anyway, to do what is lawful?</em>

To point out that the Federal government isn't doing their job?

This whole case has made it crystal clear to the entire country that the guys currently in charge DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE BREAKING THE LAW OF THE LAND.

For all of their protestations to the contrary, this entire administration is demonstrably anti-America.

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at April 25, 2012 01:12 PM (0xqzf)

52
In my courtroom, oral arguments mean something a little different.

Posted by: Judge Wade McCree at April 25, 2012 01:12 PM (jUytm)

53 Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM
-----------------

I hope someone has a comprehensive, godzilla-sized challenge to affirmative action in the works just in case.

Get that shit out of federal hiring and ... just a second ... ooh ... okay. Ho-ho. Yeah.

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:13 PM (0rTQa)

54 What is the odds that Soto*BO's*bitch is going to go against this law to gain support from other Justices for ObamaCare ruling in favor of the WH?

Posted by: momma at April 25, 2012 01:13 PM (oKsWl)

55 America's greatest natural resource is, Me.

Posted by: President Slow Jam at April 25, 2012 01:13 PM (/ZZCn)

56 Barky is using the feral government to attack an American state on behalf of a foreign invader.


Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 25, 2012 01:07 PM (X3lox)

I'm shocked; stunned; gob-smacked. You and I know this, but I don't know how many people will be able to accept or realize it------ having it being debated at SCOTUS might awaken some people
baby steps

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 01:14 PM (Dll6b)

57 Who cares what the fat, dog eating supporter Sotomayor says, she will vote whichever way the Democrats want him too.

Posted by: Mr Pink at April 25, 2012 01:14 PM (/GHb6)

58
brb, appearin on HGTV's Flip My House

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:14 PM (jUytm)

59 Self-deporting illegal aliens?!?! What will they think of next?

I suppose maybe "self-making sandwiches" and then we'd have no need for women.

* runs *

Posted by: EC at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (GQ8sn)

60 “I’m terribly confused by your answer.” -- Sonia Sotomayor.

Gee, I wonder why that could be? I think my goldfish has the brain power to comprehend it but somehow the self-described "wise Latina" has trouble. I wonder why...

Posted by: AmishDude at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (T0NGe)

61 Et tu, Peanut?

http://preview.tinyurl.com/d4bggxa

Posted by: WalrusRex at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (Hx5uv)

62 "Illegal Aliens are Self-Deporting"
Bullshit. On Long Island at the Freeport, NY Home Depot, there are over 100 Mexicans standing in front of the store waiting for work. They even come up to people like myself - shopping with my wife - to ask if i need any help.
They are not self deporting.
It is a major problem - here in NY on LI and elsewhere. Read Hanson and the San Joaquin valley where he lives.

Posted by: john b at April 25, 2012 01:16 PM (3ZE5d)

63
I'll be at Trudee's Ice Cream Shoppe in Fredericksburg today from 3-4pm. Stop in for a cone!

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:16 PM (jUytm)

64 60 “I’m terribly confused by your answer.” -- Sonia Sotomayor.
Gee, I wonder why that could be? I think my goldfish has the brain power to comprehend it but somehow the self-described "wise Latina" has trouble. I
wonder why...

Posted by: AmishDude at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (T0NGe)

Well.... really its because he's messing up the argument I crafted for him... the idiot... he did OK in rehersal, but he's blowing his lines now...

Posted by: Sonia at April 25, 2012 01:16 PM (lZBBB)

65 Can I be all racist for a second?

Brown people do gangs, white people do armies.

Posted by: Get my news from the MSM at April 25, 2012 01:17 PM (RfvTE)

66 I'm watching Cspan and while members of the house are getting up and discussing myriad issues (student debt, GSA, etc...) some old bastard gets up and congratulates the Plano High School girls team for winning a championship.

How much fucking time is wasted on that shit each and every day?!!!!

It pisses me off!

Oh, and Jeff Denham just proposed annual audits of the GSA and the selling off of it's property.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:17 PM (piMMO)

67 Man, two victories in the SCOTUS would seem impossible these days, but I'll take it. If this one were a smashing 6-2 or even 7-1, we'd be better off! 5-3 wouldn't be aweful, but people will claim it would have been another 5-4 if Kagen hadn't recused.

Posted by: tsrblke at April 25, 2012 01:17 PM (22rSN)

68
Hello all college students!

I'll be at Delta Omega house tonight for Beerfest!

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:17 PM (jUytm)

69 Some illegals are self-deporting....now....but when the economy improves, they'll come back.



Posted by: wheatie at April 25, 2012 01:11 PM (O4AQQ)


Yep. They're migrants.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 25, 2012 01:17 PM (X3lox)

70 Well to be fair we if we enforced the law we would cut even legal emigration to almost nothing.

<<Emigration Act of 1882, The legislation also gave powers to the authorities to deny entry to "convicts (except those convicted of political offenses), lunatics, idiots and persons likely to become public charges.">>

Posted by: The Feds at April 25, 2012 01:18 PM (tf9Ne)

71 Actually, Cspan is a pretty good watch right now. Ted Poe, from Texas, is arguing against a law to prohibit kids from working on farms.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:18 PM (piMMO)

72 If I ever have to have oral arguments before the US Supreme Court, I'm going to open with, "But first, you will blow me."

Posted by: WalrusRex at April 25, 2012 01:18 PM (Hx5uv)

73 How much fucking time is wasted on that shit each and every day?!!!!

Frankly, I'd rather they spent more time doing that than crafting legislation. It gives them less time for mischief.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 01:18 PM (8y9MW)

74 Justice Scalia scoffed at the thought that the U.S. must enforce its laws in a way that pleases Mexico.


*******

Heh. I remember the Mexican President coming to the US and doing a joint presser with Obama and some of our State Department people had recently been gunned down in Mexico--

--how did he spend his time?

He lectured us about the inhumanity of our immigration laws.

Posted by: tasker at April 25, 2012 01:19 PM (r2PLg)

75
Obamacare
AZ Immigration Law

#doublemyscotusfailures

Posted by: fixerupper at April 25, 2012 01:19 PM (C8hzL)

76 59 Self-deporting illegal aliens?!?! What will they think of next?
I suppose maybe "self-making sandwiches" and then we'd have no need for women.
* runs *

Posted by: EC at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (GQ8sn)

Well.... we have already started Sadnwich Making Classes... and theres always Quzinos and Subway and Jimmy Johns!

Posted by: Men, Going Their Own Way at April 25, 2012 01:19 PM (lZBBB)

77 You morons can admit it now. I am your favorite lawyer in the world huh?

Posted by: Mr. Verilli at April 25, 2012 01:19 PM (60KEl)

78 is arguing against a law to prohibit kids from working on farms.

Good for Ted Poe. But it's not a law, it's another f*cking "rule," this time out of Dept. of Labor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (8y9MW)

79 Maybe the illegal aliens from mexico are leaving but the ones from everywhere else in south America, like Guatemala are still here. In fact, from the looks of the guys that congregate around the paint store in the town where I grew up, where the contractors go to hire them for day work, there are four times as many as before.

Posted by: angela at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (oZfic)

80 “I’m terribly confused by your answer.” -- Sonia Sotomayor.

Gee, I wonder why that could be? I think my goldfish has the brain
power to comprehend it but somehow the self-described "wise Latina" has
trouble. I

wonder why...



Posted by: AmishDude at April 25, 2012 01:15 PM (T0NGe)
--------------------

I ask gently, are you reading the our-tickle? The point is, that fuckup Verrilli is fucking it up again, this time so fuck-upedly that even Sotomayor is calling him a fuckup.

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (0rTQa)

81 I bet we get a split decision out of this one.

Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (WkuV6)

82 the MFM is apparently hoping that SCOTUS will uphold only the part about asking for citizenship status after stopping them for a crime / infraction


as with Obamacare, the Usual Suspects are trying to influence SCOTUS---and by ''influence", I mean intimidate them on orders of Hussein ( while tossing hints to Wise Latina and Chunky Kagan

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (Dll6b)

83
brb, prosecutin Roger Clemens for sayin "I did not do it."

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:20 PM (jUytm)

84 Frankly, I'd rather they spent more time doing that than crafting legislation. It gives them less time for mischief.


***

Point taken, except that we are paying those bastards quite well and they are doing shit that you and I would get fired for.


Issa is now speaking in honor of Bran Terry, and a new border inspection office which will be named after him.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:21 PM (piMMO)

85 Can I be all racist for a second?

Brown people do gangs, white people do armies.

****

I read a Victor Davis Hansen quote that was similar but non-racist to the effect that it is easier for a civilized people to go barbarian than for a barbarian people to go civilized. That's got the Trayvon Martin-palooza written all over it.

Posted by: WalrusRex at April 25, 2012 01:22 PM (Hx5uv)

86 Brown people have armies---ask Zombie Santa Ana.


and those Mexican't soldiers who backpedaled all the way from Vera Cruz to Mexico City

Posted by: SantaRosaStan, on a darkling plain at April 25, 2012 01:22 PM (Dll6b)

87 Point taken, except that we are paying those bastards quite well and they are doing shit that you and I would get fired for.

Yeah, but they don't get paid any less if they just don't show up, so what's the difference?

Of course, I liked Rick Perry's part-time Congress idea.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (8y9MW)

88 "Illegal Aliens are Self-Deporting"

Bullshit. On Long Island at the Freeport, NY Home Depot, there are
over 100 Mexicans standing in front of the store waiting for work.
----------------

What we meant was, they're leaving La Ciudad de San Diego and El Refugio de Las Vegas and going to a neighborhood near you.

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (0rTQa)

89 Hey everybody! Guess what? This whole mole thing hasn't worked out too well. In fact they just confiscated all my computer equipment during a search warrant and it looks likely I, along with some folks at Gawker, may get indicted. So, I'm out of work and really need cash. If you know anything about some work available (most Conservatives do right?) could you drop me a line? Right now my only prospect is a couple of guys who want to know if I can be a gerbil instead of a mole.

Posted by: The Fox Mole at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (Q1lie)

90 Well.... we have already started Sadnwich Making Classes... and theres always Quzinos and Subway and Jimmy Johns!


****

Stay the hell away from Jimmy Johns! I like it just the way it is!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (piMMO)

91 Drudge has an awesome pic of Verrilli looking like he's having the second worst day of his life. I bet he doesn't think he's as smart as he thought he was. Democrats never thought they had to actually go to court and defend their position.

Posted by: EC at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (GQ8sn)

92 Megyn Kelly just mentioned that viral video...."If I Wanted America To Fail". .....She is about to tell us why Twitter is saying that they removed it, after the break.

Well I already know. ....Twitter is a company owned by Barky supporters, and it's located in fucking San Francisco!

Posted by: wheatie at April 25, 2012 01:24 PM (O4AQQ)

93 "Illegal Aliens are Self-Deporting"


*****

From Arizona.... I'm sure their neighboring states are picking up the slack.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:24 PM (piMMO)

94 I bet we get a split decision out of this one.


Posted by: Jean
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What happens in the event of a 4-4?

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:24 PM (0rTQa)

95 Is the LaRaza crowd deliberately hiding the fact that illegals can get a green card, already...IOW a path to citizenship already exists. They just have to go back to their home country, file an application and wait. It's a PITA, but it can be done. Provided said applicant does not have a warrant pending, or other unsavory details surfacing.

Posted by: kallisto at April 25, 2012 01:24 PM (jm/9g)

96

repost from another thread:

Kagan on critical race theory

Breitbart News has discovered previously unknown handwritten notes from Elena Kagan to radical professor Derrick Bell, sent to Bell as Kagan worked on his seminal 1985 article on Critical Race Theory in the Harvard Law Review (99 Harv. L. Rev. 4).
The notes, which were not among materials presented to the Senate during Justice Kagan’s confirmation hearings, are preserved among Bell’s papers at the New York University archives.

Kagan. Critical Race Theorist. Supreme Court Justice. Justice?

Posted by: wise latina racist at April 25, 2012 01:24 PM (HOOye)

97 90 Well.... we have already started Sadnwich Making Classes... and theres always Quzinos and Subway and Jimmy Johns!
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Stay the hell away from Jimmy Johns! I like it just the way it is!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:23 PM (piMMO)

/Makes a hand flying past his head motion....

nnnnnnnnnnnyyyynnnnnnnnnn

Posted by: Peanut at April 25, 2012 01:25 PM (lZBBB)

98 Just a quick observation on what is fucked about the American economy: I myself am a manufacturer, but I'm sitting here in a chair made in Mexico, typing on a computer made in China, wearing Red Wing shoes, made in China, wearing pants made in indonesia, a fossil watch made in China, a shirt made in God knows where, in fact, the only thing in the office I am confident was made in America is my sorry ass. Pathetic.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:25 PM (OlN4e)

99 The Dems loves them some student loans, don't they?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:25 PM (piMMO)

100
...and it's located in fucking San Francisco!

San Franfuckingcisco, you mean.

Posted by: soothsayer incorportates "fuckin" in words like a pro at April 25, 2012 01:26 PM (jUytm)

101 94 - I meant a split in terms of parts of the AZ law. 4-4 is a win for those who hate America.

Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:26 PM (WkuV6)

102 87.....Of course, I liked Rick Perry's part-time Congress idea.

I did too....in theory. ....But we would have to completely eliminate Recess Appointments, for that to work in our favor.

Posted by: wheatie at April 25, 2012 01:27 PM (O4AQQ)

103
College students: Please follow the media's lead and ignore the fact that I, under Obamacare, have taken over all the student loans.

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:27 PM (jUytm)

104 maddogg - so you are the pinnacle of efficiency and specialization

Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:27 PM (WkuV6)

105 Kagan. Critical Race Theorist. Supreme Court Justice. Justice?


Posted by: wise latina racist
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Fine. When an affirmative action challenge comes before the conservative court that will be created during Romney's term, she can scream herself blue in the face and write the 2-person minority opinion. Something about "the lamentation of your women."

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:28 PM (0rTQa)

106 Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:25 PM (OlN4e)

But your Building was Made in America! (with immigrant Labor and materials from out of the country)...

Posted by: Romeo13 at April 25, 2012 01:28 PM (lZBBB)

107 But we would have to completely eliminate Recess Appointments, for that to work in our favor.

Agreed. Or, at least, we'd have to re-work them (maybe they'd require "advise and consent" as soon as Congress reconvened?).

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 25, 2012 01:28 PM (8y9MW)

108 Just a quick observation on what is fucked about the American economy: I
myself am a manufacturer, but I'm sitting here in a chair made in
Mexico, typing on a computer made in China, wearing Red Wing shoes, made
in China, wearing pants made in indonesia, a fossil watch made in
China, a shirt made in God knows where, in fact, the only thing in the
office I am confident was made in America is my sorry ass. Pathetic.

*****

And the problem is nothing new. Do you remember when Walmart first started out and sold "Made in America" when a product was available? You couldn't find a damned thing you needed then. So, you had the choice of a Zenith VCR or nothing but for most items no American option was available.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 01:28 PM (piMMO)

109



more over at legal insurrection

Posted by: wise latina racist & Constitution hater at April 25, 2012 01:29 PM (HOOye)

110
If I had a latino son, it would look like a pinata.

Posted by: lolobama at April 25, 2012 01:29 PM (jUytm)

111 Is it possible that I'm a "mole"? Hmmm....

Posted by: Mr. Verilli at April 25, 2012 01:29 PM (60KEl)

112 Kagan. Critical Race Theorist. Supreme Court Justice. Justice? Grounds for recusal in VRA and CRA cases?

Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:29 PM (WkuV6)

113 98...Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:25 PM (OlN4e)

The world is full of people who are willing to do the jobs that the Unions and the Dems keep driving away.

Posted by: wheatie at April 25, 2012 01:31 PM (O4AQQ)

114 I meant a split in terms of parts of the AZ law. 4-4 is a win for those who hate America.


Posted by: Jean
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Ah yes, agree about the split. I just googled "SCOTUS tie" and saw the bad news. Bleah. Seems to me there should be a tie-breaking mechanism or that cases shouldn't be heard without nine justices (pull someone in from a feral court somewhere). Isn't that why the Supremes were created as an odd number in the first place?

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:31 PM (0rTQa)

115 104maddogg - so you are the pinnacle of efficiency and specialization
Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:27 PM (WkuV6) Niche market too small (for now )to get serious competition from the Chinese. Though it is tough to buy an American bearing for $24 when the Chinese will sell you one for $4 that meets the same standards.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:31 PM (OlN4e)

116 Justice Scalia scoffed at the thought that the U.S. must enforce its laws in a way that pleases Mexico.

He is the Godfather.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky aka Lolo ate my poodle at April 25, 2012 01:33 PM (baL2B)

117 What do you make, maddog?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at April 25, 2012 01:34 PM (mJMH5)

118 Though it is tough to buy an American bearing for $24 when the Chinese will sell you one for $4 that meets the same standards on the shipping paperwork, and occasionally actual does after you spend alot of money checking each one .

Fixed that for you

Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:36 PM (WkuV6)

119
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at April 25, 2012 01:34 PM (mJMH5)
Viberatory equipment aimed at the bulk solids industry including cement, gravel, coal, etc. and used in power plants, railcars, bulk ships. Much of it custom engineered and made to order. That made to order crap really kills the Chinese. They want to make a million of one item and ship it in containers.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:40 PM (OlN4e)

120
Posted by: Jean at April 25, 2012 01:36 PM (WkuV6)


Quite right Jean. They will send you a sample and it will be perfect, then send you a shipping container of useless crap. You must be very careful and deal with a reputible importer.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 01:41 PM (OlN4e)

121 116
Justice Scalia scoffed at the thought that the U.S. must enforce its laws in a way that pleases Mexico.He is the Godfather.

Have him send Luca Brasi to make Barry an offer he can't refuse.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at April 25, 2012 01:53 PM (e0xKF)

122 because in that event the Court would have the ability to expunge from the lawbooks all major traces of leftism.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at April 25, 2012 01:05 PM (f8XyF)

Which is why the left will fight it tooth and claw, up to and including riots in the street.

Posted by: joncelli, heartless Con and all around unpleasant guy at April 25, 2012 01:53 PM (RD7QR)

123 Hey maddog, do you make any "quartz crushers" for gold prospectors? The smallest one I can find is 2500 bucks and that seems way out of whack with what they do (make little rocks into littler rocks), but what do I know?

Posted by: Lincolntf at April 25, 2012 02:02 PM (hiMsy)

124 Viberatory equipment aimed at the bulk solids industry including cement,
gravel, coal, etc. and used in power plants, railcars, bulk ships. Much
of it custom engineered and made to order.

----

oooooh..... do you have a catalog and accept Paypal????

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at April 25, 2012 02:08 PM (C8hzL)

125 Have him send Luca Brasi to make Barry an offer he can't refuse.


***

Poor Bo. Danger around every corner.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 02:19 PM (piMMO)

126 heheheheee

I just had a thought of seeing Obama ride a horse.

QUICK! Somebody tell him that he needs to pander to the Kentucky horse farms! I want to see it.

I'll pay to see it!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 25, 2012 02:21 PM (piMMO)

127 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at April 25, 2012 02:31 PM (7W3wI)

128 126 He'd break his pencil neck.The Secret Service wont let him drive a Volt,they certainly wont let him near a horse.

Posted by: steevy at April 25, 2012 02:32 PM (7W3wI)

129 "when a traditionally liberal judge appointed by Barack Obama has no idea of the argument they're trying to make.

Enter Justice Sonia Sotomayor:" http://tinyurl.com/89g5tnc

Posted by: angela at April 25, 2012 03:15 PM (oZfic)

130 So basically the whole argument that states enforcing immigration law (or, to be more accurate, aiding the Federal government itself in doing so) on their own is somehow illegal was bullshit from the very beginning and even Sotomayor isn't buying it. States can't help the Feds enforce Federal law by identifying and handing over violators of said law? Since fucking when?

I have to wonder what's going through some of these pompous libs' brains when they spout these kinds of things. Do they themselves believe their own words or will they say anything at all to get what they want? Actually, I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to that.

Posted by: R. Waher at April 25, 2012 03:37 PM (4FP+P)

131 Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said the federal government has limited resources and should have the right to determine the extent of calls it gets about possible illegal immigrants.

“These decisions have to be made at the national level,” he said.

But even Democratic-appointed justices were uncertain of that.

“I’m terribly confused by your answer,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who went on to say that the federal government can always decline to pick up illegal immigrants when Arizona officials call.

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This sort of summed it up for me. The Federal government doesn't want to be made to look that they really don't care about illegal aliens, but they really don't care about illegal aliens.
There us no Constitutional issue at hand; merely the dislike of being made to look lazy, when they are lazy.

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at April 25, 2012 04:05 PM (e8kgV)

132 123Hey maddog, do you make any "quartz crushers" for gold prospectors? The smallest one I can find is 2500 bucks and that seems way out of whack with what they do (make little rocks into littler rocks), but what do I know? Posted by: Lincolntf at April 25, 2012 02:02 PM (hiMsy) No. And 2500 bucks ain't bad for something that crushes rocks. That kind of equipment can't be made of common materials. It has to be made of super hard material, probably with carbide faced hammers or rollers. It costs.

Posted by: maddogg at April 25, 2012 04:07 PM (OlN4e)

133 26 I bet the Supremes preserve the useless, foghorn part of the law (State officials tell feds the astonishing news that there's an illegal alien at large in Arizona) and toss the part that might have an effect (new state penalties for illegal immigrants who try to apply for jobs), having a net zero.
Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 25, 2012 01:04 PM (0rTQa)
***************
We may lose that part of the law, but the good news is that in another case, the Supremes recently upheld an AZ law that punishes AZ businesses that hire illegal aliens. So AZ law enforcement may not be able to do anything other than notify the feds about the illegals(which feds will then ignore, as usual), but if AZ businesses are caught hiring illegals, they can get fined and lose their business licenses (which is strong incentive for them not to hire illegals in the first place). Fewer jobs for illegals means fewer illegals.
As for why the Obama DOJ brought this stupid lawsuit in the first place, its purpose was to give Obama another opportunity to demagogue on the illegal immigration issue, and also to make it very expensive for AZ (and serve as a warning to other states considering similar laws that he'll make it expensive for them too).

Posted by: AZ border guard at April 25, 2012 04:20 PM (WvS06)

134 Meanwhile the Democrats in congress are working on a bill that would ban states from making immigration law, trying to head off the Supreme Court.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 25, 2012 04:22 PM (r4wIV)

135 The state of Arizona will be successful in the areas where they are enforcing clearly, prescribed federal statutes. In areas where they overly broadened the interpretation of those limiting statutes, the federal prerogative will be upheld.

Why can't the federal government man up, and declare a war on illegal immigration in border states? It is because the liberal elites want equality of opportunity for all breathing beings They think that their universal human rights charter supersedes our patrician constitution.

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