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Supreme Court Sets Stage for Immigration Reform

frans2 Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 3:39 PM
Municipalities aren't going broke because the unions negotiated good retirement deals, they are going broke because of poor financial and fiscal management. Had they realistically valued the returns on retirement fund investments they would have made adequate provision for it and, most probably, would have resisted generous benefits. Instead they pretended they would get returns of ten or twelve or fifteen percent per annum on their investments which was a fantasy. Now both the municipal employees and the municipalities are paying the penalty for spending too much time in financial fantasyland.

The Supreme Court's decision announced Monday in the Arizona v. United States case opens the way for sensible reform of our immigration laws.

Barack Obama and his administration have taken heart that the court overturned Arizona's state penalties for illegal immigrants. The idea is that states can't pile higher penalties on top of those voted by Congress, just as states can't deport people who Congress allowed into the country.

But the much more significant part of the case was the unanimous 8-0 (Justice Kagan not voting) ruling upholding the Arizona provision authorizing state and local law enforcement personnel to help...