Immigration: State or Federal Jurisdiction?

According to the Associated Press in a news item, “The federal lawsuit against Arizona’s tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates back to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.”

It is hard to imagine where the federal government thinks it has such authority.

Those on Capitol Hill and in the White House would do well to re-study the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The States formed the federal government, called the United States of America.

The states gave the federal government certain rights.

Any rights not specifically granted the fed were reserved to the States and to the People.

As the 10th Amendement, Reserved Rights, states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This is Civics 101, US History 101 and on and on. It is a basic within this free society.

Unfortunately, those in Washington DC seem to feel that the almighty federal government has limitless power to do as it wishes.

That is not the case.

Aside from the fact that the federal government does not have a case in suing the State of Arizona, this is a waste of taxpayer money.

Main Street USA will bear the burden of the costs of such a trial.

This senseless action by our elected officials shows that they are out of touch with reality…the reality of the United States of America and its Founding Fathers and the very documents that made this a free nation.

Over For Now.

Main Street One