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.