Last week, Speaker Paul Ryan insightfully noted how the leverage Republicans once held over the DACA issue was obliterated by recent court decisions that delayed President Trump's order to invalidate the prior Obama edict providing amnesty for younger illegal aliens.
This week, the Supreme Court finally rendered a decision validating the president’s travel ban, yet this conservative court has been far too reluctant to get involved to settle the illegal alien controversy once and for all.
Take the sanctuary city controversy. Not since George Wallace stood in front of a school to halt desegregation has there been such a flagrant, abrasive violation of federal law by local authorities.
What’s worse, radical leftists are threatening to arrest local officials who simply seek to assist federal officials in ridding our streets of violent criminal illegal aliens.
What would happen if the Trump administration ordered federal agents to arrest state or local officials who thumb their noses at federal immigration laws, as Governor Wallace did to our civil rights laws?
By all accounts, these officials should be told to stand down or face arrest. But there’s a reason the administration is trepidatious. The liberal media will side with the sanctuary crowd because of their hatred of the president and their predilection to support liberal causes such as open borders, and to illogically equate the plight of foreigners, who voluntarily entered our country without permission, to young Black American children who were systematically denied their Constitutional rights, or with Jews who were led to the gas chambers.
Discouragingly, it looks like this standoff is not going to be settled until the Supreme Court weighs in. So, one must ask: What in the world is taking them so long?
For years, conservatives salivated at the thought of securing a right-of-center majority on the court. Well, that day has arrived, yet the Court sits back idly while our asylum laws are being grossly distorted to allow a crisis at our border, and the radical left releases illegal alien rapists and gang members to harass, assault, and even murder our American citizens.
California's Attorney General has threatened to arrest any local official who dares provide certain information to ICE. The locals are terrified to act, even though they know the AG’s demand is unconstitutional. They fully recognize that the liberal Ninth Circuit will almost certainly side with the sanctuary loons.
Such a legal quagmire could last two years. So why isn’t an expedited hearing held by the Supreme Court to settle this issue immediately?
Likewise, why isn’t our highest court asked to quickly intervene to overturn a devastating lower court decision that prevents detaining younger illegal aliens beyond twenty days?
Would we have waited two years for the courts to decide if the feds could force Wallace to abandon his fight to preserve segregation? Of course not. So why would we cavalierly allow two years to run before the law breakers in California and beyond are finally forced to adhere to the Constitution?
A similar frustration is percolating around the DACA issue. We know President Obama‘s executive order to give amnesty to approximately 1 million undocumented youth was unconstitutional. How do we know? President Obama himself said so on 24 separate occasions that the changing of federal immigration law could not be implemented without the approval of Congress.
Enter Donald Trump, who rightfully declares that he cannot uphold an unconstitutional edict. So, he gave Congress until March of this year to legalize it, or he would rescind it. That created unprecedented pressure on the liberals in Congress to finally get serious in discussing border security, E-Verify, and ending sanctuary cities and/or chain migration.
And just when it seemed a deal was in the works, a lower court enjoined the president from rescinding the Obama decree. This was expected from at least one lower court that would be forum shopped, but, shockingly, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal on this stay?
We can’t wait a year or two for this to funnel through the lower courts. Such ambivalence would’ve been expected from an Obama court, but not from the current court as constituted under a Republican administration.
The type of identity politics being practiced by the left is making a mockery of the Constitution. It must be stopped now, but will be only if the Supreme Court realizes the gravity of the situation and starts acting as the protector of the Constitution conservatives thought it was meant to be.
Steve Levy, former New York state assemblyman, Suffolk County executive, and candidate for governor, is now a distinguished political pundit. Levy's commentary has been published in such media outlets as Washington Times, Washington Examiner, New York Post, Albany Times, Long Island Business News, and City & State Magazine. He hosted “The Steve Levy Radio Show" on Long Island News Radio, and is a frequent guest on high profile television and radio outlets. Few on the political scene possess Levy’s diverse background. He’s been both a legislator and executive, and served on both the state and local levels — as both a Democrat and Republican. Levy published Bias in the Media, an analysis of his own experience, after switching parties, with the media's leftward slant. Levy is currently Executive Director of the Center for Cost Effective Government, a fiscally conservative think tank. He is also President of Common Sense Strategies, a political consulting firm. To learn more about his past work and upcoming appearances, visit www.stevelevy.info. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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