I’ve often discussed how proud I am of being a native New Hampshirite, and boasted of our many wonderful qualities and citizens.
Unfortunately, I think I have to apologize to the nation. While we ideed have much to take pride in, those many things do not apparently include our judges.
First, there was David Souter the first President Bush’s gift to the Supreme Court. He’s been a grave disappointment to many of his fellow Cow Hampshirites, but his latest gutting of the private property protection of the Fourth Amendment really, REALLY hurt us.
And today another New Hampshire jurist — Jaffrey District Court Judge L. Phillips Runyon III — dismissed the criminal trespass charges against ten illegal aliens arrested in New Ipswich and Hudson, New Hampshire.
OK, that’s really not fair. Judge Runyon found he was bound by a precedent set by a California court back in 1976 (De Canas V. Bica), when some idiot in a robe decided that the federal government does not have primary responsibility for enforcing the immigration laws, but exclusive responsibility.
In other words, it’s up to the Feds. And if the Feds are more interested in sitting around with their thumbs up their asses than doing their jobs, tough $#!+ — live with it.
The judge’s full ruling, for legal geeks, can be downloaded here.
Earlier today, I heard Chief Chamberlain reacting to the decision on a local talk show. He was, as can be expected, disappointed that his innovative idea hadn’t flown. But a state representative from Hudson called in. He has filed a bill that would codify Chief Chamberlain’s idea and expand it, including a $1,000/day fine for employers of illegal aliens. They agreed that the bill was largely rendered moot by the judge’s decision, but the representative intends to keep pushing it anyway.
One of the illegal aliens in this case held a press conference last weekend, and Chief Chamberlain pointed out something that ought to scare the crap out of anyone: he said that he traveled from Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona in the back of a pickup truck two years ago, then caught a plane to Massachusetts, where he met up with his family. Then he worked until he was arrested in New Hampshire last spring.
To summarize, less than a year after 9/11, he and 19 other illegal aliens (why does the number 19 seem so darn familiar?) invaded the United States, hopped on a plane, and flew about 2500 miles across the country — completely unnoticed, undocumented, and unchallenged by the government.
If you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go throw up.