Could Arizona’s Immigration Law Go National?
May 14, 2010 — Arizona injected new venom into the immigration debate in passing Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070). Approved by state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, SB 1070 has the clear objective to increase enforcement against illegal immigrants in the state. As expected, the bill generated passionate responses across the political spectrum even before it was signed into law.
Even if lawsuits in federal courts prevent SB 1070 from being implemented, the problem still remains: Congress has dragged its feet on reforming immigration laws. Waiting much longer will only open opportunities for similar or new local efforts to curb illegal immigration. It will also allow public opinion to swell in favor of such laws and we might just see enough support to see SB 1070 “go national”.
Many public officials including President Obama were quick to criticize the new law. Within days, lawsuits were filed against SB 1070 by the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders as well as two police officers, one each from Phoenix and Tucson. The federal government is eyeing the possibility of doing the same. Responding to public reaction, the Arizona legislature passed a new law within a week that will supersede SB 1070. This one attempts to reduce the probability of police using racial profiling as the basis of their investigations of a person’s legal status.
However, national polls show widespread support for SB 1070 with one showing that 51 percent of those surveyed considered that it is “about right” in its approach and 9 percent saying that it does not go far enough. Betraying Americans’ steadfast ambivalence on immigration, the same poll remarkably shows that 64 percent of those surveyed are in favor of allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country either as guest workers or with the right to apply for citizenship. Another poll found that, in the days after the law was signed, more than three quarters of Americans had heard about it and, of those, 51 percent were in favor of it.
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Could Arizona’s Immigration Law Go National?
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I have to ask though, just how stupid do those on the LEFT think Americans are? What part of ILLEGAL do they NOT get?
This law, SB 1070, is considered by many legal scholars to be not only legal and proper, but to be constitutional as well.
SB 1070 takes federal law, interprets it into state statutes, actually makes the law a bit more strict, and then, even though it closely mimics FEDERAL law that the Feds are simply not enforcing, is called unconstitutional, racist, oppressive, and a law reminiscent of NAZI policies and tactics before and during WWII.
The people I see calling SB 1070 all of those things are the ILLEGALS themselves, their friends, families, supporters on the LEFT and the LIBBERS and RINOs in Washington, as well as a few state legislatures. In other words, for the most part, those that can, or could be, detained, and possibly be deported if found to be here ILLEGALLY, or some of their immediate family.
So, enforcement of THE LAW is now unconstitutional?
ILLEGALS shouldn’t be stopped? They shouldn’t be deported? Our borders shouldn’t be fully secured and these ILLEGALS kept OUT of the USA in general? ILLEGAL is now the new, and apparently believed to now be by some to be, legal and quite acceptable?
I have heard all this racial profiling and PC BS I can stand.
Racial profiling is a joke, it’s an excuse used by those that are here ILLEGALLY to deflect the eye of the public from their illegality in an attempt to stall deportation until such time that Obama and his Hate America 1st buddies can force some form of amnesty on this nation.
Racial profiling? All of the excuses just don’t hold water.
The ILLEGALS, and their supporters, argue that they will be detained and questioned simply because they are ILLEGALS and because they happen to be *brown*. That, my friends, is a crock of BS almost as big as Texas itself. When did *brown* become an indicator of illegality? At what point in time did BROWN people declare themselves to have a corner on the market when it comes to looking like an ILLEGAL?
There are many ILLEGALS in this nation, of all colors, races, religions and nationalities. Is racial profiling really a viable excuse to stop someone and question them about citizenship? NO, it’s not, and every officer on the street KNOWS the ramifications of racial profiling.
If an officer profiles ANYONE because of their race, color or religious affiliation, that officer risks losing his job, and a good arrest. It’s that simple. No officer is going to jeopardize his/her career with a less than credible stop. No competent officer that is.
If an ILLEGAL is here in the USA, they are already breaking the law, but, apparently that isn’t a real issue for some reason. But if that ILLEGAL breaks another law, say a traffic violation for instance, and if that person then can’t produce a valid drivers license, or, if they happen to not be English speakers, or if they exhibit other actions that an officer finds suspicious, that officer has every right to ask for documentation from the individual. That individual may be held until such time as their legal status can be ascertained.
Police officers are here to serve and protect the public. The PUBLIC, that’s you and me.
By stopping obvious offenders an officer is only doing the job they have accepted and sworn to do. If in the course of doing that job an officer finds other violations and/or infractions, I don’t know about you, bit I call that some good police work!
So, let’s ask this question. If you are pulled over for a traffic violation, what’s the very first thing the officer is going to ask you for? That would be your (a)drivers license, (b)vehicle registration and (c)proof of insurance.
If you don’t have any or all of those items, you have just laid yourself open to further, and more in-depth investigation, no matter your race or color may be.
OK, so let’s think about this. Suppose you’re WHITE, and that investigating officer just happens to be a Black officer, or a native American, or an officer of Hispanic, or some other racial heritage other than WHITE, does that officer suddenly become a vile racist and a profiling NAZI?
Sounds really stupid when you turn it around and present it in that context doesn’t it?