Unintended Consequences

A judge in Florida has ruled that, since immigration is covered under Federal law, it is unconstitutional for state and local police to assist Federal authorities in enforcing that law, even to the point that they cannot hand illegal immigrants over to Federal authorities. It also allows the creation of Sanctuary cities:

Consistent with the Court’s Omnibus order on the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment, Defendants are PERMANENTLY ENJOINED from enforcing the Transport Requirement, Fla. Stat. § 908.104(4), because this statutory provision is preempted by federal immigration law and is therefore unconstitutional.

The unintended part comes here: In light of this ruling, what other laws would be exclusively preempted by Federal law, thus making them outside of local jurisdiction? Gun laws? Marijuana? Drug laws? Considering that Federal law is so broad, this ruling makes virtually every state law and ordinance unconstitutional, while making local and state police virtually powerless.

Perhaps that’s been the plan all along. Seize Federal power, then declare the states to be powerless.

Gaming the System

The 4th circuit dismissed a gun rights case for those between 18 and 21 because the clock ran out when the plaintiff turned 21. The court says that, since the plaintiff is now 21 and can buy a firearm, the case is dismissed as moot.

Fine. Outlaw abortion. If anyone sues, the case should be dismissed for lack of standing if the plaintiff isn’t pregnant. If the plaintiff *is* pregnant, by the time it gets to the appeals level, cite this case as you file to have the case dismissed as moot.