The question of what to do about illegal immigration in this country has come to a boil over a new law signed in Arizona. I think the facts of this legislation have been lost in the coverage by liberal media outlets. Many incorrect assumptions have been made. Those who support immigrant rights shouldn't be so fast to condemn Gov. Jan Brewer without knowing the truth.
Jan Brewer with the Governor of Sonora -- the governor of Arizona has been working hard to have good relations with Mexican officials during her administration. No one seems to be reporting that...
The truth is -- this state legislation is no different than the federal laws already on the books. It merely makes a federal crime into a state crime as well.
Here is the actual, pertinent language:
“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state... where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
Lawful contact. Sorry, but the comparisons to Nazi Germany asking to "zee if your papers are in order" are just not accurate. No one will be arbitrarily pulled aside simply based on how they look.
Reasonable suspicion. Campbell Brown declared that Latinos in Arizona are going to be afraid to be on the streets. Why? The governor has already declared there will be training to avoid profiling. If you aren't doing anything wrong, and you are here legally -- what is there to fear?
Determine the immigration status. Just like anyone who is stopped by an officer, they will ask for a driver's license or some other form of identification. If the offender can't produce any, they can -- just like anyone else -- be detained. This is in accordance with federal laws that have been upheld by the Supreme Court.
"Abolish Borders" -- seriously?!!
What's really going on here is that Arizona and the GOP are being labeled by liberals as "draconian"-- simply for asking what is already national law to be enforced.
Rather than calling names and posturing -- or boycotting Arizona as lawmakers in San Francisco are considering and other groups are calling for -- those who oppose the legislation should keep the debate where it belongs.
I personally believe that the U.S. is a great land of opportunity that can accommodate a vast number of those seeking the American dream. AND you have to come here legally.
I have no patience for those who want to keep all immigrants out and who complain about them not learning the language. We are a magnanimous nation. There is plenty of room at the table, and we can work around language barriers.
The state of Arizona is struggling to deal with the estimated billion dollars it costs them to deal with the nearly half-million illegals amongst its 6.6 million legal residents. Violence has spilled across their border. The feds have let them down, so they are taking action.
Perhaps the governor's approach is not the best way to deal with this issue. Rather than frijole swastikas and yelling in the streets, let's get back to a reasonable debate about how we can secure our borders and stop the violence while allowing entry to those in search of a better life.