Janet Napolitano (Dept of Homeland Security): Hasn't Read AZ Illegal Immigration Law Either But Criticizes It Anyway

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    May 18, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    This would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

    First Attorney General of the United States Holder criticizes the law and then admits he hasn't read it, and now, here we go again, it's Janet Napolitano!

    These two are as lazy as most of the RJ-ers on here who spout nonsense about this bill and won't even take the time to read it. It's less than 20 pages and written much more clearly than the 2000+ page healthcare bill.

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    May 19, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    I think what has your knickers in a twist, both of you, is what this law represents--to you--from a moral standpoint. Illegal aliens are illegal, and there outta be a law, right?

    Well, there is. It's a Federal law. And, according to the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, an act of Congress and the US Constitution take supremacy over any state or local decrees. Whether the Arizona law is IN CONFLICT with US law is beside the point, as argued in Pennsylvania v Nelson (1956).

    See a discussion about that decision here.

    The Attorney General and Secretary can have moral misgivings about the Arizona law. They can be accused of not having read it, thus are hypocrites or something. But their duty is to Federal law, not Arizona's. They would have done better to have brushed the discussion off, citing the Supremacy Clause.