Seems like immigration might be a hot button issue this summer heading into the November election. This was shifted into overdrive with the recent passage of Arizona’s new law saying that law enforcement officials must now ask for proof of legal status if they suspect an individual is in the country illegally.
First and foremost, the federal government, including President Bush and President Obama, should be ashamed for failing to address border security and enforcing current immigration law. Arizona is stepping it up to try and fix problems they have such as rampant drug-related kidnappings in their capital city of Phoenix due to Mexican drug cartel.
Fox News reports on the ruckus:
PHOENIX — An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges.
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke on Sunday to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President Barack Obama to fight the law, promising to march in the streets and invite arrest by refusing to comply.
“We’re going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we’re going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law,” Grijalva said.
Obama has called the new law “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal. It requires police to question people about their immigration status — including asking for identification — if they suspect someone is in the country illegally. Opponents say it would lead to racial profiling because officers would be more likely to ask people who look Hispanic.
Supporters have dismissed concerns about profiling, saying the law prohibits the use of race or nationality as the sole basis for an immigration check. Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the measure Friday, has ordered state officials to develop a training course for officers to learn what constitutes reasonable suspicion someone is in the U.S. illegally.
It isn’t racial profiling, it is criminal profiling since it is a crime to be in this country illegally without proper documentation. This has nothing to do with your ethnicity since anyone who isn’t a US citizen can be an illegal alien. Of course, Arizona’s overriding problem is Mexican immigrants so of course they will be the most affected by this. However, that is no excuse not to pass such legislation and it is no excuse to accuse the supporters of being racist or “misguided” as President Obama has stated.
What is so misguided about following federal law, President Obama? Maybe you should try it.
This is the crux of the issue everyone is ignoring:
Bill Baker, 60, took time off work at a downtown Phoenix restaurant to sell umbrellas and Mexican and American flags to the largely Hispanic crowd. He said he wasn’t making much money, but he wanted to help them exercise their freedom of expression — even though he supports the law they all showed up to oppose.
“If I go to another foreign country, if I go to Mexico, I have to have papers,” Baker said. “So I don’t feel there’s anything particularly harsh about the law.”
He said he’s worried the bill will hurt the economy if many of Arizona’s estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants leave the state and stop spending money here.
“But that’s the price you have to pay to have a lawful country,” Baker said.
We live in a country with immigration laws on the books. If we aren’t going to enforce the, why bother wasting the paper? Every other country has immigration law and rightly enforces it, we are no different. Mexico is very strong with regard to their own enforcement of immigration law.
Furthermore, when Mexico catches an illegal alien in Mexico, i.e., an undocumented person who has entered Mexico illegally, they are not nearly as friendly as we are:
Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.
That’s too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.
At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it’s noteworthy that nobody has argued that the U.S. look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve our illegal immigration problem.
Mexico has strict immigration policies which we should emulate. In fact, the Arizona law only works to function similarly to the way Mexico enforces its own immigration laws.
Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:
* in the country legally;
* have the means to sustain themselves economically;
* not destined to be burdens on society;
* of economic and social benefit to society;
* of good character and have no criminal records; and
* contributors to the general well-being of the nation.
The law also ensures that:
* immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
* foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
* foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;
* foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
* foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
* those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.
Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense.
If you are found in Mexico illegally you are promptly arrested, imprisoned and eventually deported. That is, of course, if you aren’t in the hands of corrupt officials who do not follow the law and you end up stuck in a crowded Mexican prison for eternity.
America is overly generous to legal immigrants, we welcome them with open arms. They are the life-blood of new ideas and new businesses.
There is no rationale explanation for not enforcing immigration law for reasons of safety and reasons of taxpayer exhaustion. Arizona is leading the way and I hope other states get on board.