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.
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
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.]]>