By Michelle Malkin
The Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona, officially unveiled on Tuesday,
is an affront to all law-abiding Americans. It is a threatening salvo aimed at all local,
county or state governments that dare to take control of the immigration chaos
in their own backyards. And it is being driven by open-borders extremists who have
dedicated their political careers to subverting homeland security policies in the
name of compassion and diversity.The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division,
headed by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, took the lead in prepping
the legal brief against Arizona. The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic,
Perez is a far-left lawyer and activist who worked for the late mass illegal alien
amnesty champion Ted Kennedy and served in the Clinton administration DOJ.
While holding down a key government position there in which he was entrusted
to Perez rose from CASA de Maryland volunteer to president of the group's board of directors
Under the guise of enhancing the "multicultural" experience, he crusaded for an
ever-expanding set of illegal alien benefits ranging from in-state tuition discounts
for illegal alien students to driver's licenses. CASA de Maryland opposes enforcement
of deportation orders, has protested post-9/11 coordination of local, state and national
criminal databases, and produced a "know your rights" propaganda pamphlet for illegal
aliens depicting federal immigration agents as armed bullies making babies cry.
In 2006, CASA de Maryland threatened to protest at the schools of children whose
parents belonged to the pro-immigration enforcement group Minuteman Project --
and then headed into the Montgomery County, Md., public schools to recruit junior
amnesty protesters who were offered school credits for traveling with CASA de
Maryland to march on Washington.
As a former Maryland resident, I got to see Perez's militant friends and colleagues in
action. I watched CASA de Maryland President Gustavo Torres (who met with
President Obama last week) complain that motor vehicle administration officials
have "absolutely no right to ask for people's Social Security number or immigration
status to get a driver's license." I stood among CASA de Maryland grievance-mongers
who shouted, "No license, no justice! No justice, no peace!" while playing the race
card against naturalized Americans and legal immigrants who opposed the illegal
alien welfare state.
Perez himself derided secure-borders citizen activists as "xenophobes," but denied
painting the grassroots immigration enforcement movement as racist. Questioned by
GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions during his Obama DOJ confirmation hearing last year about
the illegal alien rights guide produced by CASA de Maryland, Perez grudgingly
stated that "the Civil Rights Division must not act in contravention to valid
enforcement actions of our federal immigration laws." But "act(ing) in contravention"
is exactly what the Civil Rights Division is doing in spearheading the challenge
to Arizona's valid enforcement actions of our federal immigration law.
Perez, Attorney General Eric Holder and the rest of the open-borders DOJ team
have invoked a "preemption" doctrine based on the U.S. Constitution's supremacy
clause to attack Arizona's anti-illegal immigration measure and oppose local and
state enforcement of federal immigration laws. Never mind that the Arizona law
was drafted scrupulously to comply with all federal statutes and the Constitution.
You gotta love Obama's fair-weather friends of the Constitution. When a state acts to
do the job the feds won't do, Obama's legal eagles run to the Founding Fathers for
protection. When, on the other hand, left-wing cities across the country pass illegal
alien sanctuary policies that flagrantly defy national immigration laws and hamper
cross-jurisdiction enforcement, the newfound federal preemption advocates are nowhere in sight.