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The Unasked Question about the Arizona Immigration Law

Posted in Federalism, Government, Immigration, Politics by kevinsoberg on April 28, 2010

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…


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  2. Harold Stickeehands said, on April 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I support devoting more money towards processing applications for American citizenship and expediting the process, but those who have come here illegally must not be allowed to stay here when there are people waiting patiently abroad who have followed the rules. If those violating the law are rewarded, then what is the incentive for my friend from South Africa to follow the proper legal channels? It’s a shame President Obama won’t answer that question. The fine is a joke as it would likely be a fraction of what it costs the typical legal applicant and what does it matter if they’re “at the back of the line” if they’re already in this country and allowed to stay? Arizona and other border states have been forced to carry the burden of the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration law and it’s about time that the states acted to correct that situation.

    Let’s redistribute all those hospital and police costs associated with illegal immigration among the states of those supporting amnesty. It’s only fair that those supporting amnesty actually cover the cost.

  3. larry hall said, on May 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    The movement of illicit drugs into the United States has been mentioned in the on-going debate on illegal immigrants.
    Drugs – marjuana, Amphetamines, Heroin and a whole assortment of other mind bending recipes comprise a very large component of the United States economy as well as those of Mexico and Canada.
    Simply stated – Mexico and Canada together with an assortment of other nations provide that vast market in the United States.
    The use of mind altering drugs in the United States is at epidemic levels. Satisfying this craving is an enormously profitable enterprise.
    Few people realize that Canada’s level of US drug sales, principally as a supplier of Marajuana, equals or even exceeds that of Mexico. Canada’s far-Western province of British Columbia provides over seven billion dollars in marajuana each year to American users.
    Immigrants sneaking into the US from Mexico are a minor part of this criminal activity.
    Drugs from Canada aren’t carried by potential immigrants but by arrangement with truckers and boat operators, rogue aircraft and because of miles and miles of open borders.
    But the demand is right there in the United States. If that demand could be controlled, if the social and monetary cost of addicting drug use could be impressed on the population, a major step toward eradication would be achieved.
    Now – lets look at the real reason so little is done –
    Few people realize that for more than a generation an awful lot of drugs have been moving for the most part unimpeded into and throughout the United States. Law enforcement intercepts very little.
    Police know who’s doing it and how.
    So where is the real problem – it lies in the fact that billions of dollars are involved. Organized crime allots about 18% of the gross to buy protection from the law and from government. One of the principle players in this odious trade is the world of finance. All that money has to be laudered. Drug profits, while initially avoiding taxation, has no value until the money enters the mainstream. It can then be invested and the profits continue.
    Only very large financial institutions are able to hide transactions of this magnitude and direct the cleansed funding into proper investments.
    It’s amazing how little attention has been paid to this aspect of the drug trade – or is it?
    So lets look at the whole picture – We have drug transportation, although illegal, operating smoothly for years with little interference from police or the courts.
    The public demand for law enforcement is largely centered on the weakest of all links, the uneducated, unknowing kid peddling drugs on your street corner. The kid takes the fall.
    But who delivered the drugs to the kid and when his customers pay him, to whom does he give the money?
    How are all those various proceeds of streetcorner sales assembled together and where is it taken?
    There are some very big names in finance, in politics, in law and in transportartion involved here even before the cash is used to build condos, new shopping malls and luxury gambling and resort centres both in the US and abroad.
    Why aren’t law enforcement agencies seizing projects built with illegal drug profits?
    Is there something obvious here – or more simply put – WHY AREN’T THEY FOLLOWING THE MONEY?
    The flow of drugs onto that huge United States market is not in any meaningful way made possible by boreder crossing illegal immigrants. Look further up the social scale,
    much much further up for your answer – if you have the courage.
    Larry Hall Ganaraska Think Tank

  4. Sweet said, on May 23, 2010 at 12:22 am

    as a wise latina woman, I’ve been saying, “uh…isn’t that already a law?!”

    and also, I’m neither threatened, nor offended by said law *shrug* I was birthed here in the US and I have proof, and aside from Claritin and Ibuprofen (and certain days of the month, Pamprin) you won’t be finding any other drugs upon my person.

    therefore…road trip to the hoover dam, vegas vacation style anyone?

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