“The Constitution Trumps Arizona”

New York Times Editorials, Thursday, July 8, 2010

“The Obama admistration has not always been completely clear about its immigration agenda, but it was forthright Tuesday when it challenged the pernicious Arizona law that allows the police to question the immigration status of people they detain for local violations.  Only the federal government can set or enforce immigration policy, the government said in its law suit against the state, and ‘Arizona has crossed this constitutional line.”

The title for this article uses an idiom from a game of bridge,  “to trump”. A trump card used by a player can overtake another card; it is more powerful.  In this case, the constitution supercedes the Arizona law.


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