After years of inaction by the Federal Government, the fine people of the state of Arizona took matters into their own hands last week concerning the growing illegal immigration problem – they passed a law giving local law enforcement the authority to do the job the Feds are either unable or unwilling to do.
Modeled after federal law, the Arizona legislation, which GOP Gov. Jan Brewer signed April 23, uses state police authority to step up pressure on illegal aliens and empowers state and local police officers to use suspected illegal immigrant status as a crime-fighting tool.
As stated by James R. Edwards, Jr. (co-author of The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform), Arizona has suffered a huge impact from an estimated 350,000 illegal alien residents. Not only has illegal immigration drained Arizona’s healthcare, education, welfare and law enforcement resources, it has also given the state some of the nation’s most oft-used smuggling routes, trekked by hordes of illegal aliens, gangs and smuggling rings.
“Border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration are critically important issues to the people of our state,” Gov. Brewer said at the bill-signing.
“We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life.”
Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? Not if you’re a member of the Loony Left. Led by the Progressive-in-Chief, cries of “racial-profiling” and “racism” can be heard from the four corners of the nation.
Gee, who would have thought that the nation’s first half-white President and his cronies (Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and misc. Latino groups) would play the race card? It’s not like that’s ever happened before, huh? See here and here.
So, how is a law that mirrors existing Federal law racist or unconstitutional? The simple answer is – it isn’t.
By making these bogus claims, the progressives hope to curry favor with Hispanics, one of the fastest growing voting blocks. It’s behind their call for “immigration reform” (which is code for amnesty for illegals) and is nothing more than political posturing – plain and simple.
Not to be outdone, the Lame Stream Media has weighed in on the new law.
Beginning with watered-down coverage of protest “rallies” that were more like riots, every form of media has made it clear that they are in the tank with the Loony Left, even going as far as making things up.
Take for instance, an editorial on the subject by Eugene Robinson of the Progressive Post. . . err, I mean the Washington Post.
“Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday, goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.”
After a brief mention of xenophobia for those who support this legislation, Mr. Robinson displays either incredible ignorance or obvious prejudice when he tells us why he feels the way he does.
“Legal immigrants will be required to carry papers proving that they have a right to be in the United States.”
As our friends over at Red State remind us, it’s already federal law for legal immigrants/visitors to carry their green cards and/or other relevant immigration information with them at all times. It’s been that way for years.
One area of concern in this whole mess is how Obama has been trying to influence Eric Holder as the Attorney General considers what action he may or may not take against Arizona. On a campaign stop in Iowa (when is he NOT on the campaign trail?), the chosen one expressed his bias even before Holder makes his decision, referring to the Arizona law as “poorly conceived.”
“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 allowed 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.”
Of course, that’s a lie. Here’s what the law states:
“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also issued an executive order requiring training to “provide clear guidance to law enforcement officials regarding what constitutes reasonable suspicion, and shall make clear that an individual’s race, color or national origin alone cannot be ground for reasonable suspicion to believe any law has been violated.”
If this is the case, what possible motivation could the chosen one have in making these statements other than to influence his A.G.?
You’d think the messiah would have learned his lesson about making “racist” accusations and pre-judging the outcome of legal cases when he accused the Cambridge Police dept. of “acting stupidly” and implying their actions were motivated by racial prejudice.
Here’s one more thing to chew on.
In her Capital Hill testimony on the subject of border security, former governor of Arizona and current Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, made this statement when asked if the border was secure.
“It is (as) secured now as it has ever been.”
Though her statement was meant to be evidence of a successful track record, she actually confirmed the reality of the problem. Unfortunately, the border is as secure as it has ever been – which is why Arizona had to act.
They did what they had to do after years of empty promises. The safety and security of their citizens required them to act, and regardless of the outcome, it was the right thing to do.
But don’t expect the Loony Left to agree with that.
What others had to say:
- Quote of the Day, Doesn’t Have A Clue Edition – Red State
- Arizona Gets It Right On Illegal Immigration – Human Events
- Obama can’t stop talking about Arizona law that DOJ hasn’t reviewed yet – Hot Air
- Voter Intimidation, Obama, and Arizona | Political Crave
- The Jan Brewer pinata: a little Hamas-style protesting comes to Arizona « Disrupt the Narrative
- Real Clear Politics
- Marco Rubio Critical of Arizona Immigration Law – Republican Redefined
- Snooper Report