Ok, you've all read or heard about the new Arizona immigration law. Here it is by the way; http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf
It has stirred up quite a controversy, but why? As I understand it, the authorities will be carrying out their daily function just as they always have. They can not stop anyone unless some form of illegal action has taken place. Illegal action such as speeding, not stopping at a red light or stop sign, etc, etc. It will work much like seat belt laws in many states - you can't be stopped for not waering one, but if you are stopped for some other infraction you can be cited for not wearing one. (Where was the ACLU on that law? Oh yeah, that one was designed to take liberties away from legal citizens, not illegal ones! Thus the deafening silence!) At that point, just like with any other traffic stop, the police will ask for driver's license and registration, or proof of insurance. Any legal citizen knows the drill and will hand over the paperwork - "no problem officer, why was I stopped?"
Here's where it gets a little dicey. Any illegal immigrants won't have the necessary paperwork. While legal residents wouldn't be allowed to drive away (they'd have to call a cab or get picked up, or have their paperwork dropped off to them), illegal immigrants will be detained. And the harm in that is? Hmmm, I don't see a downside becuase I'm not looking to create a new voting block through amnesty!
Who else, but local police, are going to be able to enforce immigration laws? Common sense? Yeah!!
So why all the controversy? Why do the ACLU and other progressive-based organizations want to block enforcement of the Arizona immigration law? That's the $60,000.00 question. Personally? I'm all for the Arizona law, and I'm looking forward to Utah and Texas following suit. And then I'm looking for similar state legislation to sweep across most states in the nation. I feel sorry for California; I doubt they'll be one of them.
To me, this is just one of the first steps demonstrating states asserting their own rights and taking back their power from the Federal Government - just as it was intended to be. And why not? The Federal Government , regardless of which party was in office, certainly hasn't done anything to curb the illegal immigration problem over the past 30 years. So in my opinion, taking these matters into our own hands is not only justified, it is imperative!
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