Catch 22

by Steve on April 24, 2010

How do you ask a Latino if he’s an American citizen without profiling Latinos?  Looks like Arizona will find out. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed Arizona’s new immigration law which will go into effect in a couple of months. Predictably the Latino community is “shocked” and President Obama is disappointed.

Obama called the Arizona bill “misguided” Friday and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.”

“That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,” Obama said.

Arizona got tired of waiting on Washington and frankly I don’t blame them. Immigration is certainly not a new problem and the liberal stance of placing squatters’ rights above the law is one I don’t share.

“Illegal is illegal,” said [state Rep. Russell] Pearce. “We’ll have less crime. We’ll have lower taxes. We’ll have safer neighborhoods. We’ll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We’ll have smaller classrooms.”

Indeed, what part of the term Illegal Immigrant qualifies a person for government benefits they’ve never contributed a dime toward? I’ll concede that repairing immigration in this country will have far-reaching consequences, both human and economic, but the semantics at play inside the beltway ignore the principle of law. Illegal is illegal. Fix it, Barry – and if you drag your feet, don’t bitch at the border states for taking matters into their own hands.

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Don April 24, 2010 at 19:39

“don’t bitch at the border states for taking matters into their own hands”…

Especially when that state (according to sources) had written five times to the White House to fix it.

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