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LOOK! State Officers CAN Enforce Federal Immigration Law!??!

IDK how many of you recall; but I was asking the other week; why AZ had to make a duplicate law; why they didn't have the authority to enforce Federal Law; since Federal Law supersedes State Laws....

Well looky looky at what I just stumbled across today!!

The document, written in 2002 by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, concluded that state police officers have "inherent power" to arrest undocumented immigrants for violating federal law. It was issued by Jay S. Bybee, who also helped write controversial memos from the same era that sanctioned harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.

The 2002 opinion, known as the "inherent authority" memo, reversed a 1996 Office of Legal Counsel opinion from the Clinton administration. "This Office's 1996 advice that federal law precludes state police from arresting aliens on the basis of civil deportability was mistaken," says the 2002 memo ...

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Asked by beachmamaof2 at 2:03 PM on May. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 2:04 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Yep, it's there but if you have one Liberal telling you what to do or not to do in your state thats all it takes. Thes police officers are told not to "bother" with illegals. There are many reasons why. Some cities go about it quietly and don't get guff from anyone but if the government feels you are being excessive then there will be lawsuits aut the gazoo. There are so many groups like La Raza that it's costly for the cities to enforce it with all the law suits brought against them.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:09 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Expect crickets on this post. All those who were protesting shut the h-ll up once it was showed that Liberal Mecca, otherwise know as California, had the same law on it's books.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 2:31 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • So, even if AZ revolved their new law, police could still ask for ID on anyone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant. Since that is Federal law, so it applies in all 50 states.

    All that protesting for something that was already legal under Federal law. Hahahahaha!

    Answer by MunchMunch at 6:50 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • OOPS, revoked, not revolved....

    Answer by MunchMunch at 6:50 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Expect crickets on this post.
    Of course! I didn't say anything hateful or outlandish about either side why would anyone be bothered to comment.

    It's actually quite typical around here any time I try to start an actual conversation or discussion about a 'neutral' topic that's not really a 'hot button' for either side it's essentially ignored...par for the course.

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 10:01 PM on May. 19, 2010

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