. . . but did discuss it with Mexico’s president?
When President Obama discussed the new Arizona immigration law with Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House Wednesday, he was doing something he has never done with the governor of Arizona. Although Obama has repeatedly criticized the law, he has not once talked about it with Gov. Jan Brewer, nor is any such discussion in the works.
And get this:
This week John Morton, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Chicago Tribune his bureau might refuse to act in the cases of illegal immigrants found under the Arizona law because the statute is not “good government.”
The bottom line is that Obama, the Justice Department, and the entire executive branch are on Mexico’s side in this dispute. On the other hand, the majority of the American people are with Arizona; a recent Wall Street Journal poll found that 64 percent of Americans support the law.
That means that Morton is considering refusing to perform the legally-mandated work of his agency. Let me repeat, an Administration official may flout federal law. Wonder if the media will pay his defiance as much heed as they would when they accused Republican Administration’s of flouting the law.
Now, I have my problems with the Arizona legislation. I don’t like it, but believe the elected officials acted in their state’s address when the addressed the growing problem of crime in their state in this manner.
Still, don’t you think the president of the United States should talk to the governor of the state to see what elected officials in her state thought it was necessary before mouthing off on the topic.