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Arizona Immigration Law Controversy
You’ve seen the headlines: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemns Arizona Immigration Bill, but later admits he has not read it. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano states she wouldn’t have signed the Arizona Immigration Law when she was the Arizona Governor, and then also admits she has not reviewed the law in detail. The Obama Administration supports Assistant Secretary of State, P. J. Crowley, who defends another Assistant Secretary of State’s condemnation of the Arizona law before Chinese officials. Crowley admits on FoxNews that he hasn’t read the AZ S.B. 1070 either.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner condemned journalists and others in the main stream media who are misreporting the new law without obviously reading it first. Even our own President immediately condemned the law without reading it.
Have you taken the time to read the new Arizona Immigration Law for yourself? I took about 5 minutes and did just that this morning. Unlike bills from our Congress which pages number well over a thousand, this Arizona bill stands at 16 pages.
After reviewing the AZ law, it is apparent why this law is overwhelmingly popular, not just with AZ voters but the American public at large. 70% of the public in Arizona supports the law and 60% of Americans around the country would support a similar law in their state. The new law allows law enforcement to question a person’s legal status upon reasonable suspicion after lawful contact. Racially profiling is explicitly outlawed and if a state issued id is presented, the person is presumed to be in the country legally. The legislators in Arizona have carefully crafted a commonsense bill empowering their local law enforcement with the tools necessary to enforce federal immigration laws in their state.
If you have any question on the intent behind the bill or how Arizona Governor Jan Brewer feels about this controversy, take a look at her recent response to the calls for boycotts on the state of Arizona.
Last week, President Calderon of Mexico took multiple opportunities to condemn the new Arizona immigration law based on the fallacy that it will lead to racial profiling. It is interesting that Calderon was so quick to oppose a commonsense bill that pales in comparison to steps Mexican law enforcement may take against a suspected illegal immigrant in Mexico. Steps that often draw the attention of Amnesty International and other human rights groups.
Arizona presently suffers the highest kidnapping rate in the country and an increasingly huge violence problem at the hands of illegal immigrants. With the federal government abdicating its responsibility of enforcing our federal laws, protecting our citizens and maintaining our borders, my hat is off to the citizens of Arizona for standing up for themselves and their state.