Dereliction of Duty

Arizona was struggling with a huge influx of illegal immigrants, and the Feds were refusing to enforce federal immigration law, so the state passed its own law, which was modeled on national writ. Did the feds thank Arizona? No, they sued it, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, which yesterday struck down three of the four key state provisions–but allowing police to question people about their legal status with probable cause.

Now the feds say they will not pursue any immigration cases the state refers to them. I think we’re seeing a pattern here. The Obama administration simply refuses to enforce federal immigration law for any reason and is saying to the states, “Darned if you do and darned if you don’t.” Irresponsible is the kindest way to describe this dereliction of duty.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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