Make no mistake. Liberal Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO of pro-illegal Immigration Works USA, is no fan of SB 1070. In fact, she calls it “an abomination.”
In her commentary piece, Jacoby cites as exemplars, fellow travelers and reliable leftists President Obama, the Los Angeles Times, the Roman Catholic Church, the AFL-CIO and a Who’s Who of Latino pop stars who have denounced the legislation. Jacoby even throws in Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon who condemned Arizona’s new law, but imposes even stricter restrictions on those living illegally in his own country.
While acknowledging widespread support for Arizona’s enforcement law, SB 1070, she also lets the cat out of the midterm elections bag. The fear is that such a lawsuit initiated by Obama and his Justice Department would enrage the majority who support Arizona’s law “coast to coast.”
Worst of all, she writes, such action would alienate key lawmakers, from Arizona and elsewhere, without whose help the administration will have no hope of advancing comprehensive reform.
Jacoby goes on: How exactly does Obama imagine influential Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, or Sen. John McCain, would react to a federal lawsuit against their state? Without help or at least acquiescence from Kyl and McCain, where does the president expect to find Republican support for a reform bill? And how does the administration think proud, state-minded elected officials — not to mention “tea party” voters — would feel about a federal effort not just to check, but override a state legislature?
And therein lies the truth, from a liberal perspective. It comes down to factoring acquiescence from the old Comprehensive Immigration Reform/Amnesty hustlers, Arizona Sens. McCain and Kyl into the equation.
What a surprise!