May 02 2010

Federal inaction led to the Arizona illegal alien policy

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 8:55 am

Regarding the flap over Arizona’s recent decision to be a little more pro-active in regard to possible illegal aliens who come into contact with the police, there seems to be an Arizona Backdraft

Those who are shouting “racial profiling” are the ones who fear being profiled. Actually, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” All of that does not enable illegal activity.

All it takes is a drivers’ license or a verifiably valid social security card.

Until this Arizona bill was passed, the policy in many municipalities was to look the other way when it came to an illegal immigrant UNTIL that individual committed another crime. It actually appears that those most outspoken about the Arizona immigration law are what are known as “sanctuary cities.

There is a lot more to be written about Arizona SB1070, including the fact that a number of other states including Utah, Colorado, Texas, Ohio are considering similar actions. In the coming weeks we will also see how the Administration deals with the Arizona legislation that it characterizes as a shortcut that will merely inflame the immigration debate “instead of solving the problem.”

Perhaps what is being missed here is that Arizona and other border states may be acting in the best interests of their citizens. That the federal government is uncomfortable in this exercise of power to govern locally is interesting in itself. That Mexico is telling its citizens to not travel to the US is among the wonderful ironies of national policy and world politics.

At the bottom line, it is essential to understand that in reality the “Arizona Problem” is a result of more than a decade of inaction regarding US border security. Policy setting for immigration was never “PC.” What we’re watching now is the exercise of states rights & concurrent exercise of power to push the federal government to action. The question then is, “what action will the federal government take?” Will it lean toward stronger security of the border or “forgiveness” and “amnesty” for those already here illegally?