The Unasked Question about the Arizona Immigration Law
With all the wailing and rending of teeth about the newly passed Arizona law concerning “illegal aliens”, I decided to look into it. After careful research (meaning I’ve bothered to read the law’s actual text), I’m left wondering, “What’s the fuss about?”
The “new” Arizona law just enforces existing Federal immigration law. It makes it a misdemeanor to be in the State of Arizona if one has illegally entered, or is illegally in, the United States, with repeat offenders liable for felony charges. It mandates law enforcement officials in Arizona enforce Federal immigration laws and detain individuals “reasonably” suspected to be in violation of Federal immigration laws. It allows lawsuits against any public entity not enforcing Federal immigration laws. It requires employers to use the Federal government’s E-verify system when hiring.
Maybe I’m mistaken, but did I not just type “Federal” six times? So, all these people screaming “Nazi” are talking about our “draconian” (ha!) FEDERAL immigration laws, right? All those people going on about “states’ rights” this and “federal authority” that are just blowing a lot of hot air, right? Because… these are the very same laws that are currently being enforced in all 50 States and U.S. Territories by FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, right?
I only have one other question: Why the HELL is Arizona just now getting around to this, and why aren’t all the other states already doing this or following suit?
Just thought I’d ask…