Last week Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ignited a firestorm of controversy when she signed the state’s tough new law, which makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.
Under the new law, Arizona police officers have an obligation to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally about their immigration status, and makes it a state crime if they are.
The law calls for the arrest of illegal aliens, who could be jailed for up to six months, and fined up to $2,500. They would also be turned over to federal immigration officers for possible deportation.
From the Grand Canyon State to San Francisco, to Washington, D.C., as well as in Mexico, people are condemning Arizona for what many are calling a racist, discriminatory law. President Barack Obama has called the new law “misguided,” while Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder were critical of Arizona’s actions. Activists in Arizona and California are protesting, there are calls for boycotts of Arizona, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the new law will breed hate and discrimination toward Mexican citizens who enter the United States illegally.
Even Al Sharpton has vowed to come to Arizona to protest the new law. But what the hell, Sharpton will show up at a convenience store if he knows they have a security camera he can stick his face in front of.
Okay, now let’s go back up to the first paragraph of this blog. Arizona’s new law makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally. The law does not discriminate against anybody except criminals. It gives police officers the mandate to enforce the existing law. What’s wrong with that?
People are claiming that this will give Arizona police the power to stop and harass Hispanics based solely upon their race. Ah yes, the old racial profiling claim. We knew that would pop up.
So why is it okay for police to conduct prostitution roundups and arrest women loitering in areas where there is prostitution activity who look like hookers, or to stop cars leaving drug houses when they suspect that the occupants just made a drug buy, or to conduct DUI checkpoints, but it’s not okay to stop people whom they suspect of being in this country illegally?
Yes, there will probably be some American citizens of Hispanic descent who get stopped and questioned, and it will inconvenience them. Just as I have been inconvenienced when I have had to stop at DUI checkpoints, or when passing through Border Patrol checkpoints in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. So what? If I’m not doing anything wrong, what do I have to worry about? To me, it’s a small price to pay to help enforce our laws.
To be honest, I imagine this law will be overturned or deemed unconstitutional by the do gooders. But maybe it will finally convince the Federal government that it’s time to actually do something to stem the flood of illegals pouring over the border.
President Obama has called Arizona’s actions a “wake-up call” for the Federal government to overhaul the immigration system, and that it points out the shortcomings in the nation’s immigration policy. White House officials have said that they fear other states will follow Arizona’s actions and create a “patchwork of state laws that don’t address core problems.” Of course, this may well be just typical political bull crap.
The message that the President and the lawmakers in Washington should be getting is that people are fed up. They are fed up with illegal aliens coming into our country, they are fed up with the crimes that extend from the border outward, and they are fed up with waiting for the Feds to get off their collective asses and take action. I hope other states have the courage to emulate Arizona’s actions.
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