Arizona Enforces Immigration Laws

YAY ARIZONA!

I swear, every time I turn on the news, there’s Arizona being more awesome!  It seems our beloved boarder states have finally gotten sick and tired of the complete inaction of both Republicans and Democrats in Washington to tackle America’s growing problem with illegal immigration and have taken matters into their own hands.  Arizona recently passed SB 1070, a bill allowing law enforcement officers greater authority in determining the immigration status of aliens and making sure the existing laws of immigration are strictly followed.

I’ve been to Arizona a couple of times and I love it out there.  It’s a bit too hot and dry at times, but you can’t argue with the politics.  Arizona also recently passed a law upholding the second amendment by removing the requirement of a concealed weapon’s license.  A few weeks after that bill passed we find this new immigration reform.  I swear, the more I read the more I want to pack up and move to the Grand Canyon State.  They seem to really know what they’re doing out there when it comes to securing the freedoms of Americans and protecting our nation’s borders.

Now, there has been plenty of ire from the left about this bill, especially from President Obama.  The left claims that this bill violates civil rights.  Through their deliberate misinterpretation, they claim the bill allows police officers to stop a person and demand to see their immigration papers simply by judging them by the color of their skin.  Well, it only takes a second to read the enforcement section of the bill and learn that such is not the case.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY

21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS

22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS

23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,

24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE

25 PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

27 C. IF AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IS

28 CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ON DISCHARGE FROM

29 IMPRISONMENT OR ASSESSMENT OF ANY FINE THAT IS IMPOSED, THE ALIEN SHALL BE

30 TRANSFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO THE CUSTODY OF THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND

31 CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OR THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION.

According to the law, a police officer must be already engaged with the person in question for some other criminal act.  The officer may ask for papers if they suspect the person they’ve stopped is illegally in the United States but they must have already stopped them for something else like speeding, loitering or some other offense.  This is not racial profiling but a stricter enforcement of laws already on the books.  It’s always been a crime to be in this country illegally, now Arizona is making sure that law is actually enforced.

If the critics of this law want to fight it then why don’t they come up with something BETTER?!  There’s been talk recently about opening up the doors for illegal immigrant amnesty and that’s a clear violation of the law.  America is a nation governed by the rule-of-law and there is no tolerance for law breaking.  If you are here illegally then you pay the penalty, simple as that.

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1 Response to “Arizona Enforces Immigration Laws”


  1. 1 Noah April 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I’m sure you can guess how I feel about this bill. When I read about it I felt like I was reading The Onion. And for a second I hoped you too would be blogging against it. Not only are you very wrong about the left’s (and much of the right’s) stance on this bill, but you reveal your bias when you say that it is “securing the freedoms of Americans”. Whose freedom? Oh right, Americans. Do you know that the term “American” refers to anyone in North, South, or Central AMERICA? Our arrogance normalizes our theft of the phrase because we have the military and economic pull to do it. Still, it is an insult to those who have inhabited these lands for thousands of years.

    So, you are wrong, bud. This bill does not secure the freedom of Americans. It violates the human rights of Americans. It echos Nazi Germany when Jews were forced to show their papers. It makes legal citizens weary of being stopped for a small infraction because they have brown skin – making them appear “suspicious.” Bro, this is fascism, NOT a solution to immigration.


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