Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.Right. So even though the Court struck down most of the law, the "heart" of it—the part where law enforcement can demand proof of citizenship if you look like you might be one of them thar illegals—has been upheld (for now). And that's the part of the law Brewer and the other racists really like.
While we are grateful for this legal victory, today is an opportunity to reflect on our journey and focus upon the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives up to our highest ideals as American citizens.Note to Brewer: a law that is inherently racist cannot, by definition, be applied in "an even-handed manner." Unless Arizona law enforcement is going to start demanding proof of citizenship from every blond-haired, blue-eyed Arizonan who gets pulled over too. And my magic eight ball says that's not fucking likely.
Of course, today's ruling does not mark the end of our journey. It can be expected that legal challenges to SB 1070 and the State of Arizona will continue. Our critics are already preparing new litigation tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the implementation of the law.You can practically see the sneer on her face as she dismisses "critics" who will no doubt be "preparing new litigation tactics." Because, again, the governor missed the part of the decision where the Court said most of the bill is bullshit. But oh well. At least for Brewer and the other racists who are focusing on the "heart" of the law they're allowed to enforce, the Supreme Court issued a big victory for the 10th Amendment and states' rights and all that good stuff.
Just ask the citizens of Montana.