Monday, April 26, 2010

By The Time I Get To Arizona

Last week, Arizona’s governor signed an illegal immigration enforcement bill into law that has put the issue of illegal immigration and the movement to grant illegal aliens amnesty front and center. Congressional leaders even spoke of putting the immigration bill before Congress ahead of an important energy bill.

It’s a sign of how desperate things have become for states along the Mexican border that state governments are trying to do what the federal government has refused to do. The job of enforcing and protecting the country’s borders is rightfully that of the federal government.

With the President promising “immigration reform” in the form of an amnesty program, the government has cut back on enforcement measures, leaving individual states to deal with overcrowded schools, bankrupt public services, and the families of its murdered citizens.

The states have tried to do whatever they can do deal with crowds of illegal aliens coming their way, and this bill in Arizona is the most stringent so far, though far from the Nuremberg-style law that its critics accuse it of being. It will be litigated to death and may never see the light of day, but it’s a law that prods Arizona police to do what the federal government refuses to do with any consistency or competence: get some kind of handle on our out-of-control illegal immigration situation.

Kowtowing to both Hispanic ethnic tribalism and corporate wage-busting greed, President Obama promised to pursue an amnesty bill that would legalize millions of illegal aliens at a time when real unemployment is still well into double-digits. He hinted at a threat of using civil rights legislation to thwart the Arizona bill. Arizona’s governor signed it anyway.

Critics call the Arizona law racist, fascist, and everything except what it is: a desperate act by a state pushed to the brink by decades of border negligence and a federal government in the thrall of its own windy rhetoric and at the service of its corporate donors.

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