As the Supreme Court reviews the immigration law case in Arizona, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is worried that the High Court might rule in favor of Arizona's SB 1070, which requires police to check the status of people they suspect are in the U.S. illegally with probable causes, and to arrest those they consider eligible to be deported. But Schumer is allaying his own concerns by saying that if the Court does uphold SB 1070, he'll simply introduce a bill that would go around the Supreme Court by banning states from passing laws on immigration. In other words, who needs the Judicial Branch of government anymore? We'll just bypass its decisions. For that matter, so much for states' rights as well.
"States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer be able to get away with
saying they are simply helping the federal government to enforce the
law when they are really writing their own laws and knowingly deploying
untrained officers with a mission of arresting anyone and everyone who
might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant," Schumer
said at a subcommittee hearing.
First of all, the sole reason Arizona felt the need to draft this legislation is because
the federal government itself is failing to enforce its own rules on illegal immigration,
leaving Arizona to fend for itself against the high costs and crimes
associated with illegal immigration in that state.
Second, SB 1070 was drafted to be consistent with
federal law. In other words, it doesn't add anything to the existing federal law. It simply enables Arizona authorities to comply with the federal law that the federal government itself is failing to enforce.
Finally, SB 1070 does not allow anyone to be questioned solely on their perceived ethnicity. Authorities can only detain someone if they are committing established infractions (e.g., speeding, reckless driving, etc.) and only if the alleged perpetrators cannot produce proper identification can authorities then pursue their immigration status.
But none of this matters to Senator Schumer. He doesn't want states to have the right to protect themselves from illegal immigration, and if the Supreme Court sides with Arizona, he'll find a way to get his way.
Considering Schumer is the same person who stated that our three branches of government are "the House, the Senate and the President", it's not surprising that he's unaware of our real system of checks and balances created by the Legislative, Executive and the Judicial branches of government.
He's also probably not aware that his efforts to bypass the Supreme Court are unconstitutional. And yes, that does matter.