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Arizona Immigration Law SB1070

A controversial legislative act in the U.S. state of Arizona that is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades.

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Will Common Sense Ever Prevail?

  • May 23, 2010
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Okay.  It is my turn to weigh in on Arizona Senate Bill 1070.  I am tired of cops getting the bum rap as the target of the opposition to Arizona SB 1070.  It seems that cops, whom we trust enough to arm with weapons and to whom we authorize the use of deadly force, are incapable of fairly applying the law.  No, I'm wrong.  It seems cops are racist.  They have nothing better to do than to target illegal aliens, or any other person who "looks" illegal.

This argument has twisted common sense to the fullest measure.  Let's step back a minute and suggest that law enforcement officers are professionals.  They are career civil servants who execute the authority vested in them with the sincerest of effort.  Let's suppose that law enforcement officers are capable of following the law as it is written in Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and only begin inquiry into citizenship when dealing with someone during a lawful stop.  In other words, the person has already done something to attract attention.  Maybe it is speeding.  Maybe it is being involved in a fight.  Who cares.  The bottom line is, the officer must have a legal reason to be dealing with the person before asking questions.  ALL police are going to ask for identification during a lawful stop.  It is standard operating procedure in all 50 states.  You have to know who you are dealing with before you can write a ticket or file a report.

SO...if the person presents a Mexican Birth Certificate without a Green Card...well, Police call that a clue.  It might just follow...that a reasonable person would question whether the individual had illegally entered the United States.  (The funny thing about that expression is that the very term is ILLEGAL..the law was broken long before the subsequent stop).  Or maybe the person fails to present any form of identification.  Maybe they are not even able to speak English.  The address they provide, when run through Google might come back to a vacant lot, a business or a government building.  Any of those circumstances would require further investigation.  (Don't get hung up on the language issue...it is one PRONG in my argument....it must be combined with other factors...but factors CAN be taken in totality...so as these "clues" add up they can logically point to the conclusion that a person has entered the country illegally).

So when you strip the dumb racist cop element away from the argument, what are we left with?  Not much.  The Federal Law is far more restrictive than the Arizona law.  The last time I checked, the United States was a Republic...that is to say, a Federation of States.  States still have sovereignty and we should respect t Arizona's rigth to make their own laws.  When you have such an overwhelming percentage of the population (more than two-thirds) supporting a law, it is obvious that this state wants reform.  Let them have it.  It is their natural right.  It is their Constitutional Right.  They are allowed to enact laws...the state legislature was elected by the same people who sent Senators and Congressman to Washington.  What?  Are they incapable of electing effective leaders locally?  Do they no longer have the ability to pass sane legislation within the confines of their own state?  They are not telling California that they have to follow suit...so Los Angeles and places like it should stay the hell out of it.  It is none of their gosh dang business.  It's not.  It is not a racist law.  It is not a civil rights issue (Can someone PLEASE shut Nancy Pelosi up before she makes me vomit?)  It is not a way for racist cops to intimidate legal immigrants.  It is State Law that has already been signed by the Governor.  It is THEIR law.  It is their right to enforce that law.

Why did Arizona pass this law?  It comes down to economics.  Arizona is disproportionately affected by illegal immigration.  The crime and violence that comes along with human trafficking (yes...that is what it actually is) as well as drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and everything else associated with a porous border that Washington has forgotten about, is overwhelming.  The cost of incarceration, enforcement, health services, social services and more is a drain on Arizona's economy.  It is a financial imperative that this state act where the Federal Government has failed.  I applaud their effort and their right to enact reasonable laws even though I am not a resident of that state.  Do you know what one of the most popular crimes in Mexico is?  Kidnapping.  It is done to extort money from the wealthy and it is done to collect drug debts.  It is Mexico's own brand of terrorism.  Do you know where the Kidnapping capital of the United States happens to be?  Phoenix, Arizona.  The only place in the entire world with a higher incidence of kidnapping?  Mexico City.  Coincidence?  If you believe it is coincidence you need to pull your head out of the sand (or wherever it might be inserted).  Brian Ross of ABC news, when reporting on this phenomena stated "In fact, kidnappings and other crimes connected to the Mexican drug cartels are quickly spreading across the border, from Texas to California. The majority of the victims are either illegal aliens or connected to the drug trade." 

There are conflicting reports on how much illegal immigration costs taxpayers.  That means less to me than the impact that illegal immigration is having in other areas.  When you have ranchers killed by drug smugglers and Sheriff's Deputies taking fire from automatic weapons, we have a problem.  With the highest kidnapping rates outside of Mexico City...we have a problem.  Some of you may not pay attention, but these victims aren't other drug dealers.  They are often CHILDREN.  I don't remember the child's name, but I remember one such case a couple of years ago...the child was recovered safe...but I am sure was traumatized by the event.  Other kidnapping victims lose hands and feet in the process.  It is an ugly situation that Arizona must get ahead of.  Fiscally, as well as from a public safety standpoint.  I support Arizona and think the boycotts are ridiculous.
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May 24, 2010
I live in liberal Berkeley college town, so I've only heard the negative side of this law from those around me. It's very interesting to read the other side of this case though. Thanks for sharing your take, John!
May 25, 2010
Those voices you hear would probably be quick to defend California's right to pass a same sex marriage law. In that case, they would still be right. A state has the right to pass laws...otherwise there would be no need for state legislature. In the case of Arizona, I am sure they have no "real" argument other than that they view the law as racist. It is not xenophobic to protect your economy, enforce existing laws and reduce crime. It is common sense. A state cannot be racist anyway. It is ridiculous. The application of the law won't be racist or discriminatory, either. That is a veil coming from those who want amnesty. That is their agenda and this law flies in the face of their hopes and desires. Amnesty would be a huge mistake. It sends the wrong message and rewards bad actors. Meanwhile, many immigrants wait patiently to come to America. The federal government still needs to address this issue by simplifying the process for work visas and streamlining the bureaucracy so we can fill the need for labor while documenting those who come to fill the jobs.
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review by . May 04, 2010
Illegal immigration is a problem.  Point taken.  It's been a problem in our country for a very long time.  How do you combat illegal immigratioin?  How do we get it under control?  Well, Arizona found a way.  Permit police officers to stop anyone they suspect of being an illegal alien and force them to show papers.  It's been labeled as by far the strictest immigration bill we've seen.  It should be noted that Arizona has been asking the Federal Government …
Quick Tip by . August 02, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
This is getting annoying because CNN is reporting now that Virginia just said they will be stopping people asking for their papers. I remember a government doing the same thing and they made people wear a six pointed star on their chest. Is our country headed in that direction?
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
A hateful, unconstitutional law which has brought economic ruin to Arizona due to widespread boycotts. The original authors were connected with Stormfront, the governor has a cozy relationship with the for profit prison industry. It's the usual eyewatering corruption and hate we see from the American right.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
It seems that Mr. Obama has more sympathy for the illegal residents of Arizona than the actual U.S. citizens and legal residents.
Quick Tip by . April 28, 2010
What people don't understand is that due to NAFTA, our subsidized corn was dumped on the Mexican market and put 1000s of farmers out of biz.
Quick Tip by . April 27, 2010
posted in That's Beat
And now they've institutionalized racism. There have been laws in the past that have encouraged racism, but this is even worse. Bad Arizona!
Quick Tip by . April 26, 2010
What a novel idea! A government entity that will actually protect our borders.
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The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and thus often referred to simply as Arizona SB 1070) is a legislative act in the U.S. state of Arizona that is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades. It has received national and international attention and has spurred considerable controversy.

U.S. federal law requires certain aliens to register with the U.S. government, and to have registration documents in their possession at all times. The Arizona Act additionally makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying the required documents, bars state or local officials or agencies from restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens. The paragraph on intent in the legislation says it embodies an "attrition through enforcement" doctrine.

Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters say the law prohibits the use of race as the sole basis for investigating immigration status. The law was modified by Arizona House Bill 2162 within a week of its signing with the goal of addressing some of these concerns. There have been protests in opposition to the law in over 70 U.S. cities, including boycotts and calls for boycotts of Arizona. Polling has found the law to have majority support in Arizona and nationwide. Passage of the measure has prompted ...
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