So, Honorable Justice Antonin Scalia says that Arizona’s draconian immigration law should stand in its entirety based on the fact that early in the history of our great (slave-holding) nation, states were allowed to restrict the movements of freed black people and other “undesirables.” Wow, great precedence there, your Honor! He states in his dissenting opinion: 

Notwithstanding “[t]he myth of an era of unrestricted immigration” in the first 100 years of the Republic, the States enacted numerous laws restricting the immigration of certain classes of aliens, including convicted crimi­nals, indigents, persons with contagious diseases, and (in Southern States) freed blacks. State laws not only pro­vided for the removal of unwanted immigrants but also imposed penalties on unlawfully present aliens and those who aided their immigration.

You can’t argue with that reasoning! I imagine they could add Muslims, atheists, feminists, and dirty hippies to the list if it were put to a popular vote. If you had a choice, who would you keep out of your state? I would bar all men who wear skinny pants. 

SEE: Scalia Cites Slavery-Era Laws in Immigration Dissent | Mother Jones.

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