With the decision being handed down that three out of the four main provisions of the Arizona Immigration Law are "Unconstitutional," I find it interesting to note that Justice Anton Scalia wrote in his decision that had Arizona known of this bill before they joined the Union, they would have probably chosen to join with Mexico instead." What? Arizona at its founding was filled with former Mexicans seeking freedom from Mexico, kinda like the first "real" immigrant Arizonans. By interjecting this sort of rhetoric, Scalia is showing signs that he is losing the judicial temperament required and expected of all Supreme Court Justices. It makes me wonder what other kind of hyperbole Justice Scalia will interject in the Obamacare decision (due this Thursday). As an aside, with the Court adhering to the notion that immigration policy is solely within the purview of the Federal Government, the Court has made it relatively clear to Florida Governor Rick Scott that "NO", Arizona's immigration law is not the model for Florida. In fact, it is no longer the model for anywhere. Now if the Supreme Court could rule on the Texas education strategy, perhaps Rick Scott would learn Texas is also not the model for Florida and then maybe the Universities and the Citizens of Florida can expect to maintain a higher level of academic integrity. In the meantime, we hope that lessons have been learned.
Daniel R. Rubin is an Attorney, Educator, Lecturer and National Award Winning Author. He is a recently retired adjunct professor of American History who also taught Advanced Placement United States Government and American Politics in Venice, Florida.