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Representative Quayle on Arizona’s 287(g) Suspension: ‘It’s a Travesty’

Here’s a fun fact about the Obama administration: They don’t seem to take disappointment well. At least, that’s what Representative Ben Quayle (R., Ariz.) thinks. After the Supreme Court upheld one portion of the state’s controversial immigration law on Monday, the president suspended the state’s 287(g) status. That means Arizona law-enforcement agents no longer have the authority to act as deputies for the federal government and endorse its immigration laws. The Washington Examiner reported that before the ruling 24 states had 287(g) agreements with the federal government. Only Arizona’s was suspended.

Quayle told National Review Online that the movement seems punitive rather than practical:

“Because they don’t like the fact that the Supreme Court upheld the crux of Arizona’s immigration law, they are now trying to render it unenforceable so it has no ability to actually do what it’s supposed to do. It’s a travesty that this president and Secretary Napolitano are doing things of this nature, and setting this precedent where if they disagree with a state law, they’re going to not have federal cooperation on anything. When does it happen next? Because Wisconsin passed pension reform, can they say that they won’t pick up any illegal immigrants that they apprehend at the state or local level?”

Arizona hasn’t been the only target of executive ire, though.

“I think it is retaliation, both on the state and on the Supreme Court,” Quayle said. “It was abundantly clear that the president does not have very high regard for the Court when he dressed down the justices after the Citizens United decision in the State of the Union, which had never been done before.”


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