A public official brazenly and theatrically participating in unlawful conduct ostensibly with a purpose to implement the regulation is the form of weird dichotomy that we grew considerably inured to throughout the presidency of Donald Trump, a person who, to call only one instance, tried to order his vp to invalidate the 2020 election within the identify of safeguarding the vote.
Becoming a member of that disgraceful pantheon is outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who for months now has been pantomiming border safety for the MAGA crowd by erecting a crummy makeshift wall of delivery containers alongside a desolate part of the southern border. As loads of observers have already identified, as a border safety measure the stunt is virtually ineffective; most contraband truly enters through ports of entry, there’ll nonetheless be a whole lot of miles of border with no man-made obstacles and the partitions that do exist are incessantly circumvented, whereas these hoping to hunt asylum have a proper to take action anyway.
That will make the endeavor form of comical if it wasn’t so harmful. Sadly, Ducey is working his stunt wall via federal land together with the Coronado Nationwide Forest, threatening wildlife and flouting the authority of the federal authorities. He’s additionally violating the longstanding precept of tribal sovereignty by working a part of it via Cocopah land with out authorization.
It looks as if Ducey could need to take some remedial lessons on U.S. civics, together with the precept of preemption, underneath which the federal authorities alone possesses the authority to implement immigration legal guidelines. He can go halfsies with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has made illegal border security theater a signature move. He’ll have loads of time now that he’s leaving workplace and the voters have made clear they’re bored with his social gathering’s antics by flipping the Arizona governorship to the Democrats.
Now that this can be a sample, the feds ought to clarify that this meddling shouldn’t be kosher and take some concerted motion. If the containers and the autos putting in them are on federal land, why not seize them?