AZ Federal judge protects illegals using stolen ID

Judicial overreaches reach new low

In a news article in which the headline is nearly as large as the report itself, the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) enthusiastically treats readers to the latest in outrageous judicial actions. The report states, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell “issued a preliminary injunction blocking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery from enforcing two state laws that make it a felony for undocumented immigrants to use stolen identities to obtain work.”

Gnaw on that bit of preposterousness.  According to a federal judge illegal aliens have as much right to your identity as you do —- and neither law enforcement nor prosecutors are able to take legal action against the thieves. Children are viewed as especially attractive targets since their stolen identities usually go undetected for years.

Previously, when found, arrested and turned over to federal immigration officials, the identity thieves were deported. But, alas, those pesky felony convictions hindered their chances of returning to the U.S. legally. Now using legal contrivances reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984” Newspeak, a federal judge rules that disallowing criminals free access to our county and the personal identity of American citizens is repressive.

Under court imposed pressure, Arpaio has announced plans to disband his work-site enforcement unit within the next two months, following completion of an ongoing investigation.

Campbell said the state laws that criminalize the act of identify theft for the purpose of obtaining employment are likely unconstitutional because they are preempted by federal law.

Jack MacIntyre, a lawyer and deputy chief with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, correctly noted the ruling is “a little bit of an exercise in futility if you eliminate and declare a state law unconstitutional because of federal preemption with a wink and a nod to the reality that the federal government shows no interest in enforcing that area of immigration law.”

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is reviewing an appeal of the preliminary injunction.  Bill Montgomery said the ruling “underscores yet again the consequences of federal inaction and the Obama administration’s indifference to the effects of unlawful immigration practices. While pretending to address the concerns of people admittedly violating the law, the victims of identity theft are deprived of the state of Arizona’s protection.”

As expected, left-wing organizations including the ACLU and Hispanic advocacy groups, praised the contemptible ruling.

11 Responses to AZ Federal judge protects illegals using stolen ID

  1. Clair Van Steenwyk says:

    Didn’t we just pass Prop 122 and where does a federal judge get off telling our county sheriff what state laws to enforce, take a stand and Mr. Montgomery you said when running in 10 you’d prosecute identity theft as fraud since it’s a felony and thereby once convicted prevents illegal from obtaining any legal status and in closing Our Constitution was written for US not the world at large, so judge is wrong on all counts, arrest them all and close our borders and then lets see what the fed can do, set up a Tent City in the desert to hold them. God Bless You All; Van

  2. MacBeth says:

    If the laws are “likely unconstitutional” as the judge seems to think, why doesn’t he find out for certain before issuing his opinion? And if illegals steal ID to facilitate taking jobs from American citizens, why the hell isn’t that a crime? Judge Campbell needs to be the victim of such a life altering crime to understand the devastation it creates. A close friend of mine went through a nightmare when his life was turned upside down by such theft. Why are our American courts affording criminal invaders more protection than we American citizens get?

  3. Maggie says:

    This CBS News poll showed 60 percent of Americans oppose lifetime appointments for US Supreme Court justices. According to the poll, three out of four people said they believe the current Supreme Court justices sometimes let their own personal or political views influence their decisions. That belief crossed party lines, with roughly the same percentage of Republicans, Democrats and independents expressing that view. Only 13 percent said the justices decide cases based solely on legal analysis.

    I’d bet the same number would also oppose the practice on the federal District Court level.

  4. Pima Pal says:

    I’ve seen two news reports about identity thieves going into full spending mode now that the holidays are over. They’re opening charge accounts using the information they’ve stolen from unsuspecting consumers. They purposely wait until after the holidays to swing into action, since people are busy and not paying as close attention. Don’t be one of them. Check your credit card statements and bank accounts. It’s great fun living here in Mexico Norte.

  5. Philip says:

    Worry we have the GOP now……McCain…..

  6. GOP PC says:

    The local ABC News affiliate conducted this interview with MCSO’s Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre sometime back. Watching this gives an indication of the impressive employees working for and with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. MacIntyre knows the issues and speaks with authority and without notes. The befuddled interviewer is clearly out of his league engaging Chief MacIntyre.

  7. Vince says:

    The two links in this post are exceptionally informative. Thanks, SRAZ.
    My heart went out to the young girl in the video who had unknowingly been a victim of identity theft for years.

  8. azgary says:

    hrmph, no big deal. the congressmen voting for Boehner have pretty much just made illegals legal/citizens/democrat voters and have destroyed the middle class and the republican party.

    rethinking your endorsements sraz?

    when will you finally have enough?

    after the country is already destroyed im guessing.

    liars/rinos must be defeated, no matter the cost

  9. SmallGovt says:

    I believe it will be difficult and expensive for a single state to gain much traction. Rather than headline seeking AGs filing suits we pay for, Arizona should join together with a group of states to litigate these commands from Washington!

    • Orion says:

      You won’t have to worry about this, since it’s doubtful Mark McBrnovich will do anything on behalf of Arizona’s citizens. He takes his marching orders from the establishment who put him in place. You must have missed it, but Arizona has joined with other states on numerous lawsuits.

  10. kathryn kobor says:

    So citizens in effect, have no recourse to the theft of our ID?
    Send a bill to the Mexican President and the other countries that are involved in this heinous activity. We owe the countries that are sending us their poverty stricken, unskilled, uneducated, gangs and cartels nada.