In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has branded Utah's guest worker amnesty "illegal" and expressed dismay at Attorney General Holder's apparent refusal to enforce the law in Utah when he has been so quick to oppose Arizona's interior enforcement laws. Rep. Smith wrote:
Your silence regarding the Utah law stands in stark contrast to your early condemnation of the Arizona law that instituted a state immigration enforcement scheme … If the Administration is serious about having a uniform immigration policy rather than the ‘patchwork’ of state immigration laws you profess to oppose, then the Administration needs to take action against the Utah law.You can read Chairman Smith's entire letter here.
Under normal circumstances, the Justice Department should take legal action against the Utah law for usurping Congress’ constitutional authority to determine national immigration policy. But it is even more important to do so during these tough economic times. Jobs are scarce and families are worried. The most vulnerable American workers have been especially hard hit by the ongoing jobs recession.
If you choose not to seek action against the Utah law, it will be perceived that you are basing your decisions on your own policy preferences rather than on constitutional principle. We would be able to gather that the Administration’s definition for ‘patchwork of immigration enforcement’ is limited to those who seek to enforce federal immigration law and does not include those who seek to undermine it. For the sake of consistency, it is time to end the double standard.