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Arizona, Immigration, and Politics

May 7, 2010

For all of the outrage over Arizona’s passage of their new immigration law, you’d think doors were being kicked in in the middle of the night. On a popular TV program yesterday, the host asked an audience of about 50 legal immigrants if they knew of anyone who actually had their door kicked in. One man raised his hand. He said his sister had been robbed twice by criminal illegals.

In all fairness, it is probably true that the majority of illegal immigrants do not commit crimes after crossing our border illegally. There is a distinction between those illegal immigrants, and those who kidnap, rob, and rape. But the fact remains that anyone who crosses our border without authorization, or deliberately over-stays their visa, is by definition in our country illegally.

Perhaps some of the confusion in terminology stems from the use of the word “illegal” , which is an adjective describing legal status, as a noun, referring to an individual.  Either way, the individual is here illegally, thus breaking the law.

The oxy-moron of the “law-abiding illegal immigrant” is being used widely by the amnesty crowd. Here, Columnist Jeanne Cummings of Politico uses the term twice in her column “Democrat’s shift right frustrates Hispanic activists”

“Worse still, immigrant advocates charge, in their zeal to demonstrate toughness, DHS and its enforcement partners have dragged many law-abiding illegal immigrants and legitimate businesses into the system, shattering Obama’s promises of more humane treatment.” “In a recent meeting with community advocates, Obama appeared surprised to learn that federal immigration officials were still conducting midmorning raids in Hispanic communities that resulted in long detentions of law-abiding illegal immigrants, according to participants.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36844

The obvious intent is to garner sympathy for the poor  “law-abiding illegal immigrants”.  Again, the fact remains that are here illegally, and by Federal law, should be deported.

The security of the country, including it’s borders, is the primary responsibility of the Federal Government. Pure and simple.

Unfortunately, the current administration sees the estimated 12-20 million immigrants currently in the country illegally, as a huge base of new Democrat voters, if it can manage to get them amnesty and immediate access to all sorts of taxpayer funded subsidies. Why, a voting bloc of that size might well be enough to counter the Tea Party movement. The president and his supporters are clearly putting politics ahead of the security of the nation.

That is not to say that previous presidents have done such a great job securing the southern border. There is no doubt that it is a very tricky political issue. However, we should learn from our mistakes. The amnesty granted to the illegal immigrants already here in the 80s under President Reagan did nothing to stop illegal immigration.

President Obama, following his advisor’s motto of never letting a crisis go to waste, is trying to use the angry backlash against the Arizona law to push for  “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation.  Consider all of the unintended consequences of the “comprehensive health care reform”  that are coming to light almost daily, and ask yourself if you are comfortable with “comprehensive” anything from the Democrats, and particularly this Congress?

The definition of the word “comprehensive”, when used by Democrats, means thousands of pages of convoluted legal gibberish that a half dozen lawyers, given a month to read, would not be able to agree on what it means. It means hundreds, if not thousands, of pork goodies and rewards to supporters hidden away in that gibberish. And it means that it will not only be expensive, and put us deeper in debt, it will likely to be waaaaaay more expensive than they tell you it will be.

What is needed, is for the Federal Government to enforce current immigration laws and secure the border. Janet Napolitano is an incompetent political appointee and cheerleader for Obama.  The government thinks nothing of setting up another multi-trillion dollar entitlement, so don’t tell me a few billion spent to finish the fence and quadruple the border patrol and ICE is not financially feasible.

Arizona passed their new law to protect their citizens. It wasn’t done out of racism, nor out of hate. It was done out of necessity, because the Obama administration refuses uphold their primary duty for political reasons.

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