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It appears the Federal government has had enough.
The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates, or travel. The list of natural rights is endless.
Today, the potential victims of public indifference and government repression are Hispanics in America. Hispanics here without documentation are being demonized because of the politics of nativism. Nativism—we are exceptional; we are better people than they are; we were here first—is very dangerous and leads to ugly results.
The court protects natural rights by imposing a very high bar for the government to meet before it can interfere with them, absent due process.
The high bar is called strict scrutiny. It requires that the government demonstrate an articulated area of jurisdiction and a compelling state interest served by the least restrictive alternative before it can treat a person differently or uniquely because of his or her place of birth. A compelling state interest is one that is necessary to preserve life or the state's existence, and it must be addressed using the least force and causing the least interference with personal liberty possible. This test was written so as to give the government wiggle room in a crisis and to make it intentionally difficult—nearly impossible—to write laws that apply only to discrete groups when membership in them is determined by birth.
originally posted by: poncho1982
Something needs to be done. We have cities, states and politicians openly defying federal immigration law.
Either you are a US citizen holding public office, and subject to US laws or your are not. It is that cut and dry.
Any law passed by any city or state that disregards US immigration laws, or any other federal law, should immediately be considered null and void. It simply cannot exist.
Since the federal government took more in taxes that California got in hand-outs it seemed only fair.
originally posted by: strongfp
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha
This has much in common with the years before the War of Northern Aggression.
What war was that?
Never heard of it.