Arizona has had a nightmare with illegals overrunning their State and has tried on numerous occasions to get the Federal government to perform its responsibilities, but Arizona has only received active hostility and silence on this issue from the Feds. Recent firefights along the border and the murder of innocents has heightened the tension in the State and finally, the legislature and the Governor acted to protect the innocent residents of the State and created a law that echoes Federal law, in that it is now illegal to be in the State of Arizona if you are illegally in the United States. This empowers local law enforcement to detain and charge illegals and imprison them. That is a power that I and many other law enforcement officers dearly wish that we had back in the day.
The vast majority of illegals are decent, hard working individuals. Their living conditions resemble those in a third world nation and most of the crimes that they commit are misdemeanors, but there is a sub-section of this population that are gang members and felons and they are the ones who are dangerous. Additionally, driving under the influence is a problem with this population and numerous accidents and fatalities can be attributed to illegals operating motor vehicles under the influence and uninsured across the United States.
What irritates me about the protests to this new law is the leftist carping about profiling, picking on poor Juan and Juanita who are just the salt of the earth, and how the good citizens of Arizona are all racist Nazis despite the fact that Juan and Juanita are violating the law. Aside from the leftist love affair with the criminal element and providing furloughs to convicted murderers serving life sentences, they are defending criminal actions. Actions that if occurred in Mexico or some other Central American nation would land you in a prison that is reminiscent of the movie “Midnight Express.” The protests orchestrated by the leftist criminal sympathizers are even more insane.
Imagine if you will, that a group of sex offenders protested in the thousands contending that laws against sex offenses were unjust. Such an event would be an insane joke. That is exactly what illegals protesting this law are, a farce. Additionally, during these protests they are out of control and violent. Yes, they are here illegally, but damnit they have a right to be here illegally. Absurd, but then absurdity and the left goes back a long ways.
The left also says that illegals pay their taxes. Sales taxes and excise taxes they do because it is added to the bill. Income taxes they do not because you must report your income to the IRS. Yet they drain public services that are afforded to U.S. citizens including education, medical care, and food. It is one of the main reasons that California is going bankrupt and now pays its bills with IOUs, something that has not happened since the days of the Great Depression. Go to the states who are in a financial crisis and you will find a huge illegal immigrant population sucking the public coffers dry like a leech. What does the left do about this problem? They create amnesty cities.
Amnesty cities are jurisdictions that forbid local law enforcement from determining the immigration status of offenders. It is sort of like the don’t ask, don’t tell policy of the U.S. military. In amnesty cities, illegals are welcome and sheltered from the Federal government’s efforts to deport them back to their home nations. Apparently, some laws are meant to be violated with impunity depending upon the jurisdiction.
Aside from the fact that illegals are law breakers, they are also a threat to national security. Remember the 9/11 attack? A ring of forfeit document makers that specialized in making forged papers for illegals was used by the 9/11 hijackers to obtain their documents. Worse, the fence that Secretary of State Napolitano ordered to be abandoned does not help the situation either. Porous borders in today’s world of terrorists and homemade WMDs do not a secure nation make.
Of course, this means nothing to the, “America is a continent, not a nation” crowd, but then most of them don’t work or pay taxes like you and I. They just sit around singing Kumbaya and bitching about Bush. I applaud the good people of Arizona and I will be contacting my State representatives to enact similar legislation so that local law enforcement will be empowered to deal with this scourge.
While I encourage legitimate and lawful immigration, the illegals have got to go or else we will have similar problems to Europe with their lax immigration policies.