Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mike Delph Working...for the Tea Party

Voters in his Indiana Senate district sent Mike Delph back to the Senate in November, but he has already gone to work...for the Tea Party.

Delph filed a bill that will make many Tea Partiers potentially select between an "In God We Trust" or a "Don't Tread on Me" motto, if it passes. Delph wants to turn the Tea Party rallying call into a governmentally-issued license plate. I think if the Tea Party gets its own plate, then the GOP and the Democrats should petition, too. That's just one piece of junk Delph has filed. Another one is potentially more dangerous and damaging to our rights (especially if you look Latino).

Yes, Delph has filed an Indiana version of what is now law in Arizona. Senate Bill 590 has been introduced by Delph. I've seen the bill. The provisions look familiar to those familiar with the Arizona bill. Among the most concerning taken from the digest of the bill...

Requires the use of English only in most public documents and public meetings.

Requires law enforcement to "verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals in certain situations."

Allows law enforcement to "arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe the person is an alien who meets certain criteria."

If Indiana passes this legislation, it is sure to end up in federal court. For all of the bluster of the Tea Party about the Constitution, you think they would understand that it's the federal government that regulates immigration.

So much for Mitch Daniels' plea to stay away from wedge issues! I guess maybe old Mitch doesn't have the kind of control he thought he did over his own caucus. Delph probably doesn't care anyway. Whether this passes or not, he's likely getting his record in order for a run at Dick Lugar in 2012, and he's going to need the Tea Party to do it. To his credit, though, Delph was Tea Party before being Tea Party was cool.


Wilson46201 said...

Recently local blogger Gary Welsh was bragging about how Mike Delph was going to introduce for him a "birther" bill requiring Presidential candidates to prove that they're not some sort of Kenyan socialist usurper or something...

Anonymous said...

And Delph has proposed immigraton reform too. It didn't go anywhere in the previous sessions, the same is to be expected now.

Paul K. Ogden said...

First, let me be clear that I do not support Delph's bill. I'm a big critic of the enforcement only approach to the immigration issue. It's a broken system that needs to be fixed.

However, I want to clarify something. There's nothing in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits states (and local government) from regulating immigration. Since there is no prohibition on state and local immigration regulation, state and local governments have the right to regulate immigration.

The issue is whether the federal government has "preempted," i.e. so completely taken over the immigration issue that any state and local gov't regulation would conflict with the national. If so, then the Supremacy Clause would apply and state and local government regulation in the area would be struck down.

That's a toss-up issue that could break either way in the courts. But to say the Constitution only gives the federal government to regulate immigration, well that's not technically correct.

Again, I'm no fan of Delph's immigration bill. I so wish we could get together and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The enfrocement-only folks don't want any part of that though.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to come up with a way to describe Mike Delph.

What do you call someone who panders to anger and prejudices and brings out the worst in others?

Wilson46201 said...

a demagogue!