On November 7, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton struck down Arizona immigration law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime. In her ruling, Judge Bolton claimed that this state law infringed upon federal authority. Arizona's efforts to secure its borders against the tsunami of illegal immigration have repeatedly hit the wall in federal courts.
Judge Bolton ruled that the state law was “preempted” by the U.S. government’s authority to enforce immigration laws. She failed to mention that the federal government, namely the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is grossly ineffective. The DHS operates a “catch and release” program, mass releasing illegal aliens in spite of their criminal records. Some aliens are immediately returned to Mexico via the “Expedited Removal” procedure. Others are given “Notice to Appear” (NTA) and are released into the streets of the United States, pending hearings in immigration courts. About 90 percent of them never show up for these hearings and remain in the U.S.