The Obama administration’s response to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision affirming the right of authorities to seek proof of legal residency when otherwise engaged with suspects has now made manifest Barack Obama’s contempt for the rule of law. This is a legitimate election issue that the Romney camp should take up. It far transcends immigration and ethnic politics. Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times explains the response:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get fromArizona police - but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.