INjustice Scalia, in his dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court shooting down most (most) of SB 1070, the famous “Arizona hates Mexican folks” law, justified his dissent like this:
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 immigra tion of certain classes of aliens, including convicted criminals, indigents, persons with contagious diseases, and (in Southern States) freed blacks. Neuman, The Lost Century of American Immigration (1776–1875), 93 Colum. L. Rev. 1833, 1835, 1841–1880 (1993). 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.^2Id., at 1883.
Accurate! And incredibly, undeniably, unforgivably fucked up. How you use this as a justification for anything, let alone a “Supreme” Court dissenting opinion, is be-fucking-yond me.