Here’s an unusually clear eyed article from Andrew McCarthy at National Review on the Arizona decision:
“Justice Antonin Scalia, in a characteristically electrifying dissent, seized on the cataclysm at the heart of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Arizona immigration case. It came in the form of a question: “Would the States conceivably have entered the Union if the Constitution itself contained the Court’s holding?” …
A year ago, Texas Republican congressman Lamar Smith proposed a national requirement that all employers use the E-Verify system to check the immigration status of new hires — with the caveat that states would be barred from taking punitive actions against businesses that hire illegal aliens. . . .
In any event, it is quite remarkable that, in the fourth year of Obama, many on the right still cannot imagine what there should be no need to imagine because it is all too real: a federal government that not only has no interest in stopping illegal immigration but is run by politicians who affirmatively encourage illegal immigration.
If you are going to cede exclusive control of enforcement to a single authority in Washington, without any guarantee that this single authority will always be committed to the enforcement mission, you are inviting catastrophe. And now the invitation has been accepted.”
No Southern state would have joined the Union in a million years under the terms of the suicide pact with Washington that exists today.
In Federalist #45, James Madison promised that the powers of the federal government would be “few and defined” while the powers reserved to the state governments would be “numerous and indefinite.” History has vindicated the Anti-Federalists who were prescient in their criticisms of the U.S. Constitution.