March 2, 2005

H.R. 418: PATRIOT ACT II by Other Means

There are times that I am really embarrased about my state. From the School house meeting that spawned the Republican Party in Ripon, through the John Birch Society of Appleton, sterilization of sodomy convicts, Junior Senator Joe McCarthy right up to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Now it's theres a bill in Congress being sponsored by Representative Sensenbrenner(R[shocking I know] - Brookfield) called H.R. 418. This bill is ostensibly an attempt to tighten up immigration policy by tightening requirements on asylum and the instituting of a nation wide ID. Both of which are misanthropic enough, recalling the similar tightening during the 1930's when legislators were wondering why are all these Jews trying to get in? Also imagine the federal government requiring you to carry their id at all times, not to mention spending millions on processing millions of applications and changes of address. Wow big intrusive bureacracy is the way we'll win the war on terror, I thought it was going to be big intrusive foriegn policy.

All very bad, but then we get to an amendment on the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which shall read in part should this law pass:

(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section.

(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction--

(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph (1); or

(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision.

WTF!?!?!?!? Can the legislative branch specify something that the judicial branch cannot review? Like passing a law against murder where the police can decide if someone should spend the rest of their lives in jail without the consult of a judge or jury? How can an addle-brained cheesehead foist this travesty upon us? Write to the editor write to your senators this bill cannot be allowed to pass.

Posted by Spicolli' at March 2, 2005 10:05 AM