It’s easy: 50 states, 50 immigration policies. Every state gets its own bird, right? If Georgia can say ‘yes’ to the brown thrasher, why can’t South Carolina say ‘no’ to the brown Guatemalan? (Justice Antonin) Scalia is right — if Arizona is a sovereign state, it should have its own immigration standards, its own standing army, its own currency, its own Olympic team, its own space program, and its own debts to China!"
STEPHEN COLBERT, reacting to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in United States v. Arizona, on The Colbert Report.
Of Arizona’s right to enforce its own racist immigration laws, Scalia wrote “In the first 100 years of the Republic, the United States enacted numerous laws restricting the immigration of certain classes of aliens,” which included convicts and freed slaves.
To which Colbert replied “Yes, the first hundred years of the Republic — the good old days.”