One of the mast flagrant and sickening lies being circulated right now is that the new Arizona illegal immigration crackdown law is something new and unheard of. Thus, critics have cited it as being some kind of raaaaacist legislation aimed at anyone of “brown” skin.
However, taking this one step further to actually examine the legislation, which 99% of the critics have not, shows that the Arizona law mirrors existing federal law except that it finally gives it teeth at the state level.
The Washington Times reports the truth:
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has an odd obsession for criticizing conservatives for calling Mr. Obama a “Nazi” all the time, yet he has no problem comparing the newly signed Arizona immigration law to “Nazi guards asking to see your papers.” Even President Obama did not go that far, but he did call the new law “misguided.”
On both accounts Mr. Scarborough is wrong. One day he will hopefully realize that LaRouche Democrats who attend various protests with Nazi images of Mr. Obama are not conservatives and Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law is designed to mirror federal immigration laws already in place.
Federal law mandates that aliens register and carry their documentation. Arizona’s new law functions the same way. Why hasn’t the MSNBC host called the federal law “Nazi” in nature?
“Let’s clarify what isn’t in the bill. The law does not give police officers any additional powers to stop or pull anybody over. You’re still going to have to abide by lawful contact,” said Bob Dane spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) , a Washington, D.C., based immigration nonprofit.
Mr. Dane made it clear that an officer of the law cannot simply walk up to an individual who is not committing a crime or traffic violation and ask the person for his or her legal status.
This is nothing more than existing federal but giving the state of Arizona the right to enforce it. Therefore, the race-baiters and race-hustlers are dead wrong on this issue and should be clamoring about the federal statute if they have a real beef with it.
“Most police contact with the public happens [via motor-vehicle contact], so it’s not going to change the mechanical lawful process that a police officer goes through. He’s going to write you up if you are doing something wrong, like driving down the highway doing 90 miles on hour. He’s going to pull up and ask for license, registration and documentation identity.
Only after all of that is the cop going to be required (he is now required under the law) to ask about immigration status, but then and only if the person has reasonable suspicion the person might be an illegal alien, and then, even then he can’t use as part of his reasonable suspicion, he can’t consider race, color, or national origin, as part of his suspicion.
President Obama has played the fear card as well as the race card on this issue to continue dividing the country as he’s been doing for months now. ABC News reports:
The president said, “you can try to make it really tough on people who look like they, quote, unquote look like illegal immigrants. One of the things that the law says is that local officials are allow to ask somebody who they have a suspicion might be an illegal immigrant for their papers — but you can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.”
Perhaps you might get “harassed,” Mr. President, for taking your kid out for ice cream if you commit a crime while doing so. That’s about it. Law enforcement cannot stop someone on the street and demand papers or threaten to arrest them. So if you take your kids for ice cream and commit grand theft auto at the same time, yeah the police might “harass” you about some papers while they’re arresting you for an alleged crime.
However, if law enforcement catches an individual committing a crime, even as simple as speeding, they’re going to ask for a license and/or some form of identification. If you can’t produce such documentation within a reasonable time frame, then you can create a reasonable suspicion that perhaps you may be here illegally.
President Obama’s criticism is unfounded and childish. He is purposely inciting fear among Hispanics with an aim toward the 2010 election. There is no basis for his criticism and he clearly has not read federal law which is what he took an oath to uphold.
Mexico demands that US citizens traveling inside the country must carry documentation with them at all times:
Entry to Mexico: As of March 1, 2010, all U.S. citizens – including children — must present a valid passport, book or card, for travel beyond the “border zone” into the interior of Mexico. Entry by any means, for example by plane or car, is included in this requirement. The “border zone” is generally defined as an area between 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location. Stays of less than 12 hours within the border zone do not require a visa or tourist card.
U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the border zone or entering Mexico by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an FM-T, available from Mexican border crossing points, Mexican tourism offices, airports within the border zone and most airlines serving Mexico.
Upon arrival in Mexico, business travelers must complete and submit a form (Form FM-N 30 days) authorizing the conduct of business, but not employment, for a 30-day period. Travelers entering Mexico for purposes other than tourism or business or for stays of longer than 180 days require a visa and must carry a valid U.S. passport. U.S. citizens planning to work or live in Mexico should apply for the appropriate Mexican visa.
I could be harassed in Mexico if I take my kids to get ice cream if I don’t have my papers! President Obama, will you stand of me when I get my kids Mexican ice cream in Guadalajara? How dare Mexican law demand I be carrying my passport at all times, shame on those racist Mexicans! They are targeting whites!