Arizona fires a shot across Washington’s bow

April 28, 2010

The criminals in Washington have dilly-dallied around and done little to enforce existing immigration law. The legislators and governor of Arizona decided that they would move ahead to stem the illegal immigration occurring across the Arizona-Mexico border. In the process, Arizona sent a message to Washington about Washington’s irrelevance.

Amazingly, President Obama referred to the signing of this STATE law as “irresponsibility by others.” Then, he stated that he had directed the Attorney General’s office to determine if this Arizona law was “legal.”

The temerity is breath-taking.

To begin this article, let’s review the most simple immigration laws.

Immigration law requires a non-citizen of the United States to apply for a visa in order to lawfully enter the USA. Once the visa is procured, the non-citizen is eligible to enter the USA during the term of the visa.

A non-citizen can also apply for his “green card,” the permanent resident card. Or, the non-citizen may file for US citizenship.

A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “green card.” You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.

Any person that enters the USA without a visa has committed a crime. I do not know of any exceptions to that law.

So…person in USA with visa…legal.

Person in USA without visa…criminal.

Can it get any clearer?

Law ENFORCEMENT only makes sense. Arizona’s new law requires police officers, “when practicable,” to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials, unless doing so would hinder an investigation or emergency medical treatment.

It also makes it a state crime (a misdemeanor) to not carry immigration papers. In addition, it allows people to sue local government or agencies if they believe federal or state immigration law is not being enforced.

Any of you readers that have traveled in ANY foreign country (except Canada) know that you are crazy not to carry your passport on your person at all times. Arizona is the first American state to demand that immigrants meet EXISTING federal requirements to carry identity documents legitimizing their presence on American soil. Yet the radical fringe here in America believes that it’s “Nazi” or “racial profiling” for law enforcement personnel to ask to see any person’s documents.

The leftists blather on about “racial profiling” like it’s a bad thing. But how many blue-eyed blondes are coming across the border from Mexico into Arizona? Of course cops are going to consider the ethnicity of persons suspected of violating immigration law. They have eyes and can see.

Cops could go in the other direction in order to appear that they are not racial profiling. They could begin setting up check points and checking the papers of EVERYONE, including 80-year-old white Grandmas, blacks and Asians. After all, isn’t that EXACTLY what the Transportation Safety Administration is doing at all America airports? Is that what the leftists want…everyone having to produce some government ID upon demand?

“Governor Brewer caved to the radical fringe,” a statement by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said, predicting that the law would create “a spiral of pervasive fear, community distrust, increased crime and costly litigation, with nationwide repercussions.”

I’m throwing the bullshit flag on this play. The “increased crime” is nothing more than enforcing immigration law. Let’s say that Arizona had a legal statute against bank robbery that they had not enforced in the past. After today, they will enforce that statute. Simple enforcement will make the crime statistics APPEAR to shoot upward. Crime did not increase…enforcement did.

But consider this tempest in a teapot. The new Arizona law only makes violation of the law a misdemeanor…the same as a traffic ticket. I guess misdemeanors are crimes in the strictest sense, but no one would call you a criminal for your speeding tickets. So, I’m thinking some perspective is required here. If this is the “toughest immigration law” while only creating a misdemeanor offense, Arizona has perpetrated a very successful perception of toughness that exceeds reality.

The bottom line here is that it is Arizona’s responsibility to keep its own borders with Mexico. Governor Brewer announced a plan urging the federal government to post National Guard troops at the border. But I thought that the Arizona National Guard answered to the Governor first, not the President. If she thinks that troops are needed to secure the Arizona border, she should be the one signing the order.

And finally for you US Constitution fans, a cursory glance at the old document finds no authority to pass immigration law, anyway. Immigration law should be entirely the purview of each state. For any state that eventually secedes, immigration is just one more issue that will be addressed as that state becomes a new nation.

Secession is the hope for humanity. Who will be first?

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