Immigration debate comes to governor’s race
O’Malley co-chairing homeland security panel with Ariz. governor
First off, disclaimer, one, I am tired of everyone stating it’s a federal law when the states can enforce laws on their own, it’s there way of taking a hands off approach to the growing criminal problem of Illegal Immigration.
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., meanwhile, was eager to talk about an issue likely to energize his supporters.
“It’s a fascinating scenario here,” said Ehrlich, a Republican who is trying to win back the job he lost to the Democratic O’Malley four years ago. “Everybody acknowledges the federal government’s failure to do one of its primary jobs, which is protect our borders. A state takes action. And then the federal government sues the state. It’s a shame it has gotten to this point.”
At issue is an Arizona law that will require police officers in that border state to determine the immigration status of suspects they have stopped for any reason, when they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the individuals are in the country illegally.