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Arizona: Been There, Done That
By Harris Sherline
May 6, 2010
Here we go again, thousands of people marching in the streets, protesting immigration laws.
Attempting to deal with the problem of illegal immigrants has now made Arizona the poster child for the self-righteous moralizing of much of the rest of the country.
While the flow of misinformation about Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 has circulated throughout the media, commentators and politicos of every stripe have weighed in on the issue, including the presidents of Mexico and the U.S: The law discriminates against people from Mexico, it's unconstitutional, it's unfair (presumably to the illegal immigrants), it can't be enforced without violating the civil rights of the people who are stopped and asked for documentation to show that they are legally in the country, it's racist.
The bill is only 17 pages long and is not the tangle of legalese that we have come to expect from legislators. However, it appears that most of those who are so vocal about criticizing the law also have not bothered to read the bill.
Sophia Tareen commented that "...activists, families, students and even politicians marched, practiced civil disobedience and 'came out' about their citizenship status in the name of rights for immigrants, including the estimated 12 million living illegally in the U.S."
My question is: Just what rights do illegal immigrants have or should they have? They are not U.S. citizens and they are not here legally. So why are they marching for their rights? The problem is, they represent a potential voting block for the Democrats, who are encouraging them to take to the streets and demonstrate. We went through this a while back, and I remember seeing thousands of people in the streets of Los Angeles and elsewhere around the country demanding, not asking or requesting, but demanding their "rights". I was offended by it then, and I am offended now, and I am not alone. There have been reports that roughly 70% of Arizonans agree.
As for the Arizona legislature, they haven't done anything more than codify U.S. immigration laws that already exist. However, perhaps the most important issue in the Arizona situation is one we are not hearing about, and that is the question of what constitutes a nation. Is it the people or a common culture, or perhaps ethnic uniformity, as the Chinese or Japanese, or a common religion, as Christian or Muslim, or is it based some natural resource, such as oil.
A country that cannot establish and protect its borders risks its sovereignty.
Mexico is a prime example of the sort of draconian immigration laws for which its president Calderon is aggressively criticizing in Arizona. Following are just some examples:
Being in Mexico illegally can land you in jail for up to two years, as can alien marriage fraud.
Law enforcement officials at every level are required to cooperate to enforce Mexico's immigration laws.
Every Mexican citizen is required to carry an ID card. Without it, they are subject to arrest as an illegal alien.
Political speech by foreigners is prohibited, and those who are not Mexican citizens are not allowed to participate in "the political affairs of the country."
Mexico is noted for its abusive treatment of illegal aliens from Central America who are caught crossing Mexico's southern border.
Since most of the school children in Arizona are now Hispanic, it's clear that they will dominate the state's society in the future. However, Europe's experience clearly demonstrates that mass immigration does not work to the advantage of the nation that accepts them. For example, in Germany, three times as many of the Turks are welfare dependent and, on average, they retire at age 50. The situation with the immigrants in France is similar.
Another overlooked consequence of the uncontrolled immigration in Arizona is the impact it has on the carbon footprint of the state, in addition to the demands that the increased population places on government. Arizona has been forced to expand government to service greater numbers of residents. In short, the massive and uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants in Arizona is breaking the state financially.
The torrent of negative commentary and threats of litigation that Arizona's actions have generated has failed to take into account that the state has already successfully defended its immigration laws on three previous occasions. In 2005 the Arizona began requiring proof of citizenship for voting and restricted benefits to illegal aliens, in 2006 they defeated a challenge to its human smuggling law, and in 2008 the state made it a crime to knowingly employ an illegal immigrant.
Regardless of what the pundits and naysayers may assert, Arizona's latest foray into immigration legislation will prevail again. They've already been there and done that.
Read more of Harris Sherline's commentaries on his blog at www.opinionfest.com
Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.