Almost daily, backlash from Arizona’s new immigration law makes headlines. For the past two weeks, liberal sniping aimed at Arizona lawmakers warned the constitutionality of S.B. 1070 begged for a challenge. Now, marching to the drum of the liberal regime, a team of lawyers from the Department of Justice claim that Arizona overstepped its bounds in addressing an issue better suited for the federal government.
Though Attorney General Eric Holder expresses his concern about the new law, a recent poll conducted by Pew Research reveals a majority of Americans approve of Arizona’s decision and in a recent Rasmussen telephone poll, only 33% disapprove of such a policy. Surprised? Maybe a closer look at the law is in order.
Liberal bureaucrats claim the Arizona law promotes racial profiling and infringes upon the constitutional rights of American citizens. Maybe a first reading of the law warrants their attention. Opponents of the law suggest that the new mandate allows police to stop anyone at any time if they suspect the person to be an illegal immigrant. On the contrary, the law specifically states immigration status can only be questioned if the individual is lawfully stopped for another violation.
Weighing in on the policy, President Obama expressed mounting concerns in April. “Now, suddenly, if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to get harassed.” According to the new law, sweet tooths dodge harassment, provided they aren’t being pulled over or detained for some other illegal infraction. Well, at least for now.
Maybe the President’s concern foreshadows stronger federal regulation against fudge pop vendors. Unfortunately, the liberal ideology pins greater concern on overeating Americans than on illegal immigration. Possibly ice cream’s fate balances on the precipice of prohibition. After second thought, carry proper documentation to Baskin Robbins.
Perhaps the current Administration shies from addressing the immigration issue for fear of alienating the Hispanic American voting bloc. According to political columnist Mona Charen, if Hispanics vote in 2010 as they did in 2008, it will be virtually impossible for a Republican to win.
Outraged, some regions of the country are making the decision to boycott Arizona, the most current being Los Angeles County. Sadly, certain parts of the United States up in arms over Arizona’s new immigration law struggle with their own illegal alien issues, but in the name of political correctness, ignore the problem.
According to Fox News, a recent crime spree perpetrated by illegal aliens in Washington State left one woman dead and two others sexually assaulted. These crimes were committed just hours before the Seattle City Council convened, passing an ordinance boycotting Arizona over its new immigration policy.
The killer was deported on May 1st, but slipped back into the country days later, murdering his former girlfriend in front of her five year old son. He’s awaiting trial. The rapists, one deported four times, the other, five, are in custody.
Arizona’s governor exhibited great courage, signing into law a strict immigration policy, knowing full well, opposition loomed. President Obama calls the new policy “misguided” though the immigration policy mirrors the federal statutes.
Either the federal government lacks the backbone to enforce and to secure its borders, or the current administration’s desperate need for votes in the mid-term elections outweighs our country’s security. Either way, the role of bad guy falls squarely in the lap of the federal government.
Kudos to the governor and lawmakers of Arizona for acting to protect its citizens. Keep your chin up and stay the course. You’re being unnecessarily vilified by the Obama administration and so-called civil rights protectors like the ACLU. It’s time for the federal government to march to the beat of a different drum, put politics aside, and secure our borders.