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Raising Cain in Arizona


The talk of the nation over the past weekend has been about SB 1070, which recently became law in Arizona.  This law makes it a state misdemeanor for anyone to be unable to prove lawful residence in the U.S. upon being asked to provide such proof, and requires police to make a reasonable attempt, when practical, to determine immigration status if there is cause to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

Now this writer would hope that no one would have a problem with the first part of that assessment of the newly enacted law.  After all, it merely makes a state crime out of what is already a federal crime.

The issue that is troubling is what the second part could, COULD lead to – racial profiling, and the violation of civil rights.  Did the Arizona legislature act reasonably by enacting such a draconian, some would say Nazi-like law?  Perhaps not.  But it is the fault of the federal government who has not dealt with the issue of protecting our borders.

It is estimated that Arizona has around 500,000 illegal immigrants.  Some on the left prefer to call them undocumented workers.  But the fact remains that because they are undocumented, they are within our borders illegally.  People who don’t live in border states like Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas don’t get how serious of a problem it is.

In 2007, talking about then-Governor Janet Napolitano, David Broder of WaPo said, “But with the failure of Congress, she [Napolitano] found herself in a position of having to leave the problem to fester or to sign a seriously flawed bill.”  This is exactly what Governor Jan Brewer has done.

Most Americans, and most Republicans have no problems with immigrants who are in this country legally.  After all, we are a country of immigrants!  It’s weeding out those who are legal and those who are not.

This writer believes in immigration reform.  However, reform is not amnesty.  The first thing we need to do is to protect our borders.  Yes, it is 2000 miles long, but we need to do something.  Put up a large fence where feasible.  Use electronic surveillance in other places.  We must start somewhere.

The next thing is to figure out is what to do with the illegals who are already here.  Our government can’t simply round out 20 million people and mark them ‘return to sender.’  But they can’t all stay here.

Finally, we must bring equality to immigration reform.  Foreign born partners who marry American citizens must be afforded the same courtesy as our straight counterparts.  Immigration Equality is an organization that provides great resources for those are trying to work within the law.

Now Democrats want to fast track a comprehensive immigration bill through Congress, because they think it will help them in the mid-terms.  They need to first think what’s best for our country.  The answers are currently beyond my reach as of this blog post.  But we must not wave a magic wand and make every illegal who is currently here, legal.

But until Congress acts responsibly, states will have no alternative other than enacting legislation of this nature, regardless of how cynical and intrepid it may be.

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4 responses to “Raising Cain in Arizona

  1. GregY April 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    The main reason the Democrats want to turn this into a political issue is because immigration is key to their plans for the 21st century. Newly-arrived immigrants are destined to be future Democrats, and this Arizona law is a barrier to that goal. Expect lots of hyperbole, vitriol, and a hefty dose of crazy to come out of the Left and Democrat circles on this issue.

    Also, can we get a note to the organizers of the protest movement, that protestors need to leave their foreign flags at home? It doesn’t look too good when your premise is immigration reform, yet the constituency appears to want nothing to do with the country they clamor to get inside. It’s just real bad PR.

  2. sean April 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    OH, I sure hope the Democrats don’t politicize an important issue, you know like the Republicans did in 2002 w/the build up to the immoral and unnecessary attack on Iraq and other scaremongering through legislation they do before every election.

    GregY: Newly arrived immigrants are certain to become democrats because democrats don’t demonize brown people.

  3. Eric April 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    As a person living in Texas and who does go down to the border and knows many people who cross back and forth for medical treatment and to visit family.

    Something needs to be done. There is open warfare in some of the border towns that is not being limited to the Mexican side. Word has spread of cities you do not visit and those you do NOT stay in after dark. Also a lot of Americans and people lacking documentation (hey, some are friend and close enough to be family) will no longer visit their family south of the border because of safety. You can’t visit family if you are dead.

    There is no simple solution. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it better but this is going to be painful and take a long time to resolve.

    -One-of-brown-people-who-doesn’t-feel-demonized-by-Republicans

    • GregY April 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

      Sean: I guess we’re supposed to just roll over then? Two wrongs make a right? This is the only country in the world where illegals can get in, and if there are enough of them, can make demands of the rest of the citizens. Everywhere else in the world illegals get tossed out.

      “Brown people” need to make demands of the lands they come from rather than the land they snuck into. This issue will fire up more and more people the less politicians do what the people demand.

      To quote Ghandi: “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”

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