Ariz. Sheriff Dever: Arizona Immigration Ruling Will Influence Other States

Monday, 25 Jun 2012 04:19 PM

By Patrick Hobin and Kathleen Walter

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Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry Dever, whose county borders Mexico for 80 miles, told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview that he believes the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the heart of his state’s crackdown on illegal immigration will embolden other states to do the same.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants on Monday, rejecting the Obama administration's stance that only the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws in the United States.

The sheriff said he thinks the court’s decision will influence other states.

Watch the exclusive interview here.

“You’re going to see other states jumping on board here. Alabama already has, South Carolina already has there are other states – Utah made an attempt and it failed," he told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. "But there are other states just waiting to see what the outcome of this is going to be. You’re going to see additional efforts in states.”

Non-border states have been awakened to the immigration issue, Dever said. “People in the interior of the country have awakened to the fact they have a serious problem associated with illegal immigration; it’s not just a border issue and problem, it’s nationwide, and they’re trying to deal with it since the federal government won’t,” he said.

Dever said the justices “upheld the core of the discussion and the heart of the law, really, and that was section 2b which gives clear authority to state and local law enforcement officers to inquire as to immigration status of people that they may come in contact with. In fact, it requires that the discovery be made when people who are arrested get taken into custody before they can be released.”

He added that if authorities cannot determine a person’s identity, they don’t get released anyway.

The court ruling also “will make it very difficult for agencies within the state to hold onto current defacto sanctuary policies, and some of them open sanctuary policies, because of scrutiny and the potential of violation of the law.” He said this should discourage more people from crossing the border.

Dever said he was not surprised that both Democratic and Republican appointees held that the mandatory immigration-check requirement be permitted to take effect. “Everybody in this industry you talk to says what’s the problem with, under the basic tenants of probable cause and reasonable suspicion, enquiring as to whether or not somebody’s in this country legally,” he told Newsmax.

The Obama administration, Dever said, had not been deporting children of illegal immigrants despite the announcement in which the White House said they would no longer do so.

“When the Obama administration made their announcement about no longer deporting a certain category of illegal aliens, they haven’t been doing that anyway,” he told Newsmax. “It was a joke and a fraud. They simply haven’t been doing it. And to say that they’re going to stop doing it was nothing more than a political hogwash … They don’t have the capacity to determine whether or not you came here as a 3-year-old brought here by your parents or that you came yesterday. There’s no way for them to figure that out.”

Dever currently serves as the honorary co-chair of

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