Arizona fires a shot across Washington’s bow

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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6 Responses to Arizona fires a shot across Washington’s bow

  1. Dale says:

    Great piece … in reading the growing array of articles
    talking of the planned protests (I think 70 cities comes to mind) – and threats of legal action – and boycotts and sanctions. Damn, that will teach me to go to Mars on holiday. In reading all the accounts, it seems that most every issue under the sun is been touted as a reason that this LAW should be quashed – revoked – challenged, from “racial bigotry” “racial profiling” to “equal rights”. So in my mis-timed Solar vacation, am I to assume that I have returned to a country that feels that if your feet are here (on our soil) that is now your qualification to be a citizen? (sort of reminds me of the Tennessee Resolution) Or has the term and notion of “citizen” is no longer applicable in the Country. A law was passed in the state of Arizona – applying ONLY to the State of Arizona – and New Yorker Al Sharpton feels that he has a right to PROTEST – or lead, in Uncle Al’s case this HUGE rally – I am sure comprised of thousands of folks who had to google directions to even get to Arizona.
    I have totally lost patience with those who maintain – “Wait until November … blah, blah, blah” – My sense is that there’ll be no “November” as we would recognize it. I am really beginning to see civil war in the making – NO, not the bogus title “Civil War” thanks to contemporary historians term what was THE WAR OF THE NORTHERN AGGRESSION or THE WAR TO STOP SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE – rather civil war as it is defined .. a conflict between two factions for control of a country/central government. Remember the old Mad Max movies and how silly we all thought the premise of the films were … well maybe not, after all.
    Secession is perhaps the only alternative left — and I am now wondering if it is even too late for that.

  2. dean says:

    “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.”

    Apparently you don’t follow Checkpoint USA:

    It’s already happening.

    “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.”

    Are you f’ing serious? You have a site advocating secession, yet suggest people bow to the man?

    • dumpdc says:

      Yes, Dean I am f**king serious. But when did proving that you are in this country legally become “bowing to the man?” I never get my feelings hurt when I travel in Europe and some official asks to see my passport. You think that a state that secedes won’t have immigration and naturalization issues? You need to grow up and start thinking for yourself.

      • dean says:

        We don’t have an immigration problem. We have a welfare and failed war on drugs problem. Also, I’ve looked at other countries’ immigration processes. None of them are as easy as jumping off the boat, but none of them seem as difficult to maneuver through as our country’s. So, ending welfare, and the war on drugs while making the immigration process easier, and affordable, would pretty much solve the problem.

        I don’t have an issue with a country shoring up it’s borders, I have a problem with how these laws affect me, an American citizen. I will always have a problem with a fellow American, whose only authority is derived from the barrel of a gun (the man), demands that I prove my citizenship to him. That is why we have the 4th Amendment. I don’t have to prove, or give up anything unless I’m charged with, or suspected of, an actual crime.

        The AZ Governor issued an executive order that would supposedly hold any LEO accountable for illegal transgressions against another. How often are they held accountable for their actions? You host a site that wants to rid the states of a burdensome central government that doesn’t obey it’s own rules. What makes you think the AZ government will do the same?

        I applaud your efforts, but need to point out that you can’t have it both ways, my friend. Either we are free, or we are not free. Demanding freedom and liberty for yourself while imposing tyranny on others will only result in defeating your efforts.

      • dumpdc says:

        Secession will not take the form of anarchy, even in the most positive definition thereof. There will always be governance, Dean. Enforcing law takes many forms. Simply requiring a person to provide identification and proof of legal citizenship does no violence to individual liberty, nor does it violate property rights. By the way, you misread the 4th Amendment. It says “the right of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches and seizures….shall not be violated.” It is not unreasonable to ask you…or me…or Grandma…to provide identification. That’s neither search nor seizure. There’s little difference in this act and the guy who stands at the door at Walmart who checks my receipt to make sure I paid for the items in my bag. I bet you don’t throw your ass up in the air when that happens. I also bet that you don’t invoke your 4th Amendment rights at that moment.

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