Fury at Arizona immigration law is unwarranted

Posted on April 27, 2010

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Open-borders advocates and pro-amnesty supporters were outraged over the weekend as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that allows Arizona police officers to verify citizenship in the course of lawful contact with potential lawbreakers. The uproar has been instantaneous and intense, with pundits and politicians calling the law reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Even President Obama has gotten into the action, calling the law the “wrong way to go” while Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the law “fundamentally unfair” as the Department of Justice reviews the statute in preparation for potential legal action.

Opponents of the bill are screaming racist totalitarianism and envisioning a Black Night of Fascism where police will deport harmless soccer moms that don’t have their papers just because they’re Hispanic. The truth is much less incendiary – police must have stopped individuals for another reason before asking for proof of citizenship, which, by the way, federal law already requires legal aliens to carry. In addition, the law specifically prohibits the race of the potential offender from being the cause for verification, requiring officers to have some other reason for suspicion of illegal immigrant status instead.

Obviously, this bill by itself does not fix the problem of illegal immigration, and even conservatives like Marco Rubio and Tom Tancredo are lukewarm about the bill (no surprise, Lindsay Graham has blasted it completely). But by no means is it some racially motivated attempt to throw any and all Hispanics into jail, and those who perpetrate such hysteria should be ashamed of themselves. The fact remains that the federal government, for fifteen months under Obama and eight years each under Bush and Clinton, have done absolutely nothing to alleviate the growing problem of illegal immigration. Border states like Arizona, who bear the brunt of drained resources and rising social costs, are left to either keep waiting indefinitely for Washington to do something or to do what Arizona just did – make an attempt to remedy the situation themselves.

Democrats will no doubt use the law as a justification to push forward with immigration reform, which will most likely result in some form of massive amnesty similar to the bill Republicans tried to push through in 2007 before being stopped by the anger of the American people. The political climate is a lot tougher now than it was three years ago, and people want common-sense solutions to this pressing issue, not blatant attempts at pandering to a voting bloc, which is what we’re more likely to see instead.

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