Arizona Crackdown on Illegals Justified
- 16 May 2010 by Author 0 Comments
Arizona Crackdown on Illegals Justified
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 05/16/10
It is nothing short of astounding that Federal government officials including the president and the Speaker of the House would call Arizona’s efforts at border control “misguided” and “irresponsible.” After all, Arizona’s new law, which allows state and local law enforcement to request documentation of possible illegal aliens, is very similar to federal law already on the books. Control of a nation’s borders is an essential attribute of national sovereignty.
It’s clear that Border States have to do something since much of the expense burden in health-care and education is borne by the states. The federal government is AWOL on border security, and has been for years, which has facilitated illegal breaching of our border. The feds have acted with willful indifference in regard to border security, but now they’ve gone further. For them to now object to Arizona’s attempt to curtail the problem amounts to obstruction of justice (since Federal law also declares being in the country illegally is a crime) and outright aiding and abetting since the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, has said they may sue Arizona for attempting to do what they themselves refuse to do.
I’m constantly amazed at those who side with law-breakers, whether it’s being in the country illegally or any other crime. “They’re just trying to improve their lives,” they might argue in defense of illegal aliens. Well, so are burglars, drug dealers, and most other criminals. Should burglars not be prevented from entering your home illegally since they’re trying to improve their station in life? To all such, the same counsel could be proffered, “Do it legally!”
Since we are a nation comprised of immigrants, we can hardly be accused of being “anti-immigrant.” What we are, however, is “anti-illegal-immigrant.” After all, we are a nation at least ostensibly based on the rule of law and we’re all engaged in our own pursuit of happiness. That’s not in exclusion to the laws that may stand in our way, but rather it’s based on those legalities.
The mainstream media takes great pleasure in isolating and commentating on some of the signs wielded at the Tea Party rallies. For some reason, they don’t seem to take note of those wielded at pro-illegal immigration rallies, such as the one held in Phoenix a couple weeks ago. One protestor’s sign read, “Give us free health care, jobs, no taxes, house, food. YOU OWE US AMERICA! We will shoot more Arizona police until we get free!” Since when do we “owe” it to the world to become a free-lunch provider?
Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen explained the need for Arizona to take matters into their own hands. “The border patrol is not on the border. They have set up 60 miles away with checkpoints that do nothing to stop the invasion. They are not allowed to use force in stopping anyone who is entering. They run around chasing them, if they get their hands on them then they can take them back across the border. Federal prisons have over 35% illegal’s and 20% of Arizona prisons are filled with illegal’s. In the last few years 80% of our law enforcement that have been killed or wounded have been by an illegal. The majority of people coming now are people we need to be worried about. The ranchers told us that they have seen a change in the people coming they are not just those who are looking for work and a better life.
“The Federal Government has refused for years to do anything to help the border states. We have been over run and once they are here we have the burden of funding state services that they use. Education cost have been over a billion dollars. The healthcare cost billions of dollars. Our State is broke, $3.5 billion deficit and we have many serious decisions to make. One is that we do not have the money to care for any who are not here legally. It has to stop.”
She also refuted those who claim Arizona’s new law is “Nazi-like.” She explained, “Federal law is very clear if you are here on a visa you must have your papers on you at all times. That is the law. In Arizona all you need to show you are a legal citizen is a driver license, MVD identification card, Native American Card, or a Military ID. This is what you need to vote, get a hunting license, etc. So nothing new has been added to this law. No one is going to be stopped walking down the street.”
Our Statue of Liberty proclaims to the world that we hold the doors open for those who seek liberty and freedom and wish to immigrate to America. “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” states the inscription. But let them come legally!
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board.