Arizona Immigration Reform Law SB 1070

by Chuck on April 29, 2010 · 2 comments

I quote the Constitution of the United States:

Article IV, Section 4:  The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence [emphasis added].

I don’t believe anybody can deny the Federal Government has failed miserably in their obligation to protect the states from invasion (i.e., illegal immigration) and domestic violence (i.e., the kidnappings, murders and other violence associated with the drug cartels in and around the Arizona/Mexican border).  Depending on your source, there are between 10-12 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States… perhaps even more.  That represents approximately 3.25% of the nation’s total population.  It is estimated that 1 in 7 (that’s 14.28% for the arithmetically challenged) AZ residents are there illegally.  If that doesn’t qualify as an invasion, I don’t know what does.

  • Fact:  Entering the United States illegally is a crime.
  • Fact:  Federal law dictates that legal immigrants are to carry their immigration documents on their person at all times
  • Fact:  65%+ of all illegal immigrants are Mexican, and 99% of all illegal immigrants or of Latin American origin (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, etc.)
  • Fact:  Law Enforcement Officers at all levels in the United States are obligated to “protect the lives, defend civil liberties, secure the safety of fellow citizens”

It amazes me how, when the State of Arizona takes action to attempt to succeed where the Federal Government has repeatedly failed, by essentially mirroring Federal Law, so many in this country raise such a stink about what might happen.  Does anybody really think the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety or local law enforcement is going to go out of their way to harass people just because they happen to be Hispanic?  Approximately 30% of AZ’s population is of Hispanic origin.  Do you really think they have time to go after all 1.8 million persons of Hispanic origin in the state?

Puhleeeze!  To state that going after the perpetrators of these crimes is racial profiling is absurd.  It’s an unfortunate fact that the majority drug running, kidnapping and illegal immigration happening in Arizona is done by Hispanics.  It is what it is.  I don’t recall ever hearing anybody claiming the Border Patrol’s patrolling the southern border looking for illegal immigrants (who are mostly Hispanic) is racial profiling, do you?

It is important to remember why the law was enacted:  The Feds aren’t getting the job done. For Representative to Congress Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to call for industries from manufacturing to tourism to boycott his own state is ludicrous… especially in these tough economic times.  “There has to be an embarrassment sanction, that’s part of it,” said Grijalva. “And there as to be an economic sanction. That’s part of it.”  Remember, this is from a guy who, as a representative to Congress, is partially responsible for the problem!  The citizens of AZ should remember this idiot’s comments in November, and toss him out of office.

The new AZ law states:

20      B.  FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT [emphasis added] MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS
23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE
25 PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

34     J.   THIS SECTION SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH
35 FEDERAL LAWS REGULATING IMMIGRATION, PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF ALL
36 PERSONS AND RESPECTING THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF UNITED STATES
37 CITIZENS.

It should be clear to any reasonable person that the intent of the AZ law is to conform to existing Federal Law, and to ensure nobody’s rights are violated.  The political grandstanding of people like Senator Lindsey Graham is a joke.  U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s statement that “the new law could be abused by authorities, and that the Justice Department and Homeland Security would be gearing up for an official review of the law to see how it measures up against the U.S. constitution” goes past absurdity into the realm of ridiculous.  If DoJ and DHS would get off their fat asses and do their jobs, AZ wouldn’t have had to do what they did.  Who gives a Tinker’s Damn about what could happen.  A lot of things could happen:  You could be hit by a truck today.  I could be struck by lightning.  I rest my case on that topic.

We need to give the citizens of the State of Arizona the benefit of the doubt, and let them see if they be successful where the Feds have failed.

Of course, this is just One Man’s View.  Your comments are, as always, most welcome.

, Congress , Constitution , Drug Cartels , Invasion , law enforcement

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Chuck May 3, 2010 at 7:30 am

You’re exactly right… and this is the point I was trying to make in the original post. What AZ is doing is actually less intrusive than what the Feds do at the airports… yet you don’t hear nearly as many people bitching about the airport security checks violating their 4th Amendment rights.

As I’ve stated before, the regime in power seldom does anything strictly for the People’s sake. They do it only if there’s a chance it will help keep them in power. AZ SB 1070 is one of the few instances where the People (read that as Citizens) will benefit by the reduction of crime and the burden on social programs caused by the influx if illegal aliens.

There has been much talk about this being a Soviet or Nazi-like “Show me your papers” thing… and it isn’t that at all. The “legal” immigrant (an actual immigrant, not a naturalized citizen) stopped for a routine traffic violation has absolutely nothing to worry about, IF they have the documents in their possession that are already mandated by Federal Law. The naturalized citizen will almost certainly have a driver’s license or state issued ID card, and they’re good to go.

It’s the illegals that should be sweating this, because it’s now a misdemeanor in AZ for a 1st offense of being there illegally, which will make it next to impossible for them to obtain citizenship (i.e., they need to have a clean criminal record to become a citizen). Those in AZ illegally should be making plans to go home.

Byrob April 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Immigration is not the issue, the issue is illegal aliens having violated the sovereignty of our borders. Most of them are here for the benefits of our society whether they immigrate or not is irrelevant; they want the goodies. I am amazed it can take many years for a highly educated European who have marketable skills and can be employed before he or she steps on a plane to leave their country and fly to the US finds barriers at every step of the way.

We encourage the uneducated, unskilled and those with low or no motivation to freely cross our borders when scientist, mathematicians, chemical, nuclear engineers and post graduate intellectuals are openly refused. Ya see the government has problems with those who can think for themselves. . . it’s the sheep the liberals encourage to come on over, we’ll feed, clothe, educate (that’s for the few who desire an education), and provide free services as long as you find your way to the ballot box and remember our names. . .

Can anyone spell pandering. . . . actually the technical term is kissing ass. . . . And do we have a Pres that’s good at that or what . .

That’s my word. . .

B

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