Obama’s DoJ sues South Carolina over new immigration law
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
The Obama administration, through Attorney General, Eric Holder,Â on MondayÂ filed a lawsuit againstÂ a new immigration law, this time inÂ South Carolina. The White House isÂ accusingÂ that stateÂ of interfering with the federal government’s authority on immigration policy.South Carolina now joins Arizona and Alabama in being civillyÂ prosecuted for attempting toÂ haltÂ the flow ofÂ illegalÂ aliens into the state.
The Justice Department alleges that portionsÂ of the South Carolina’s law are “unconstitutional,” and the state should not be allowed to implement the popular newÂ law that’s scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2012.
As with the AlabamaÂ statute, theÂ law requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of everyone they detain, a policy thatÂ progressives, illegal alien supporters and Democrat lawmakersÂ sayÂ will result in the harassment and detention of legal aliens.
“Today’s lawsuit makes clear once again that the Justice Department will not hesitate to challenge a state’s immigration law … if we find that the law interferes with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.
“It is understandable that communities remain frustrated with the broken immigration system, but a patchwork of state laws is not the solution and will only create problems,” he added.
However, the cities and states declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens, while violating federal law, remain free from civil litigation by the Obama Justice Department. Recently, Washington, DC, and New York City officially announced their “sanctuary” status and constraints placed on police officers’ interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Even more troubling is the Obama Administration’s lack of resolve in making certain all states and cities comply with immigration laws and policies, a former NewÂ York City police official told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
“Usually, Obama’s minions are more interested in harassing and denigrating states and cities that attempt to enforce immigration laws,” said former NYPD detective and security firm owner Sidney Franes. “But they turn a blind eye to those who obstruct justice in the name of ‘sanctuary’ for criminal aliens.”
The Center for Immigration Studies released aÂ new report onÂ in OctoberÂ titled, “Which Way, New York: Will Feds Tolerate Local Interference or Assert Their Authority?“Â It is available online at: http://cis.org/nyc-local-interference .
The CIS reportÂ examines New York City’s policies and practices and the effect they have on public safety and federal enforcement efforts.
It alsoÂ questions the federal government’s passive acceptance of these sanctuary policies and recommends actions that can be taken to discourage such developments.
- Three-quarters of all foreign-born arrests in the entire state of New York occur in New York City (NYC). In 2008, the latest year for which data are available, local officers arrested 52,827 immigrants in NYC.
- For at least 20 years, NYC has had official policies impeding the enforcement of federal immigration laws. City policies prevent ICE agents from receiving notification of arrested aliens before their release from police custody.
- In September 2009, NYC’s Department of Correction adopted, and has since maintained, particularly obstructive policies and procedures for immigration officers and agents attempting to access criminal alien inmates housed in its detention facilities. Jail staff are required to follow procedures that actively encourage aliens to refuse to speak with ICE agents.
- Since the implementation of these procedures, the number of aliens charged with immigration violations at the city’s main detention facility has been cut nearly in half.
- Notwithstanding its lack of cooperation, NYC has garnered millions of dollars each year in federal SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) funds since the inception of this program to reimburse jurisdictions for the costs of incarcerating illegal aliens criminals.
- Despite all of the above facts, the federal government has never taken action to overcome the obstacles placed in its way by NYC â€“ either through lawsuits, withholding of funding, or executive action â€“ so that it can perform its job of immigration law enforcement in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.