There are different things going on in Arizona:
Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration law – U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked the most controversial sections of the new immigration law on Wednesday, handing a victory to the Obama administration as it tries to take control over the issue.
1. There’s a battle royal between the Federal government and a state’s right to make its own laws – this, in American terms, is an ancient battle and comes down to the federal constitution. Precedent counts heavily in law and every precedent like this hands further power to Washington.
2. The whole issue depends on one’s mindset. If you see waves of Mexicans streaming across the border as a problem, then Arizona has done right and Obama has interfered in a state’s administration of its state.
My job here [or so it seems to me] is to take what the mainstreamers are writing and saying and try to present it in a far simpler way which will interest the non-economist, summer-thinking reader to at least read the piece.
Part of that is to post snippets, rather than diatribes. I’ll still read the diatribes and then link to them – the PDF for this one is here [click to zoom]: