Perhaps the most frightening -- and shocking -- part of Atty. Gen. Holder's lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration enforcement law is his indication that it is a waste of federal resources to pick up illegal aliens simply because they are unlawfully taking a job from a U.S. worker.
Most Americans look at the terrible unemployment situation and assume that it would be a good thing for their federal government to be removing illegal aliens from their jobs in order to put unemployed Americans back to work.
But protecting U.S. workers apparently is a waste of government resources in our Attorney General's eyes.
Arizonans are understandably frustrated with illegal immigration, and the federal government has a responsibility to comprehensively address those concerns.
But diverting federal resources away from dangerous aliens such as terrorism suspects and aliens with criminal records will impact the entire country's safety."
What is scaring Holder?
Well, the new Arizona law will cause a lot more illegal foreign workers to be identified by police who will try to turn them over to the feds for processing.
But Holder doesn't want to have to handle these illegal workers.
His statement indicates that the only illegal aliens the feds should handle are "terrorism suspects and aliens with criminal records."
Of course, most of us would consider that every illegal alien has a criminal record just from having broken immigration laws. But we can be sure that Holder does not see it that way. He suggests that the Obama Administration has devoted so little resources to illegal immigration that any effort to remove illegal workers will mean fewer violent illegal aliens will be removed.
During this Jobs Depression, shouldn't Holder be concentrating on both criminal aliens and illegal workers?
It seems that at least once a week, the Obama Administration indicates that unemployment is not an especially big problem or priority. This lawsuit against Arizona and the arguments made in its support are among the most callous toward unemployed Americans.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Wed, Jul 7th 2010 @ 11:40am EDT