As someone who enjoys foreign travel whenever I can, I'm personally with the President on this one: I want other countries to follow our treaties when they're dealing with me, so IMO we should do the same with respect to U.S. laws. Rick shows why that stance, though, gives the CCA and a lot of conservatives severe heartburn. Laments Rick:
the rise of discontent with this President has seemed to blur the reason and judgment of otherwise fair-minded men, to the point that a civil discussion, let alone rational analyses, is nearly impossible.Jacquielynn Floyd made the same observation recently in the Dallas News about the debate in Irving over police notifying immigration officials when they make arrests. (In most Texas jurisdictions, that only happens after someone is convicted and after any prison sentence is fully served.) I'm not sure what it is about the immigration debate that turns off people's brains, but more often than not, it sure seems to do just that.
MORE: SCOTUS blog has an account of the oral arguments.