Illegal Immigration: Will Arizona lead the way?

As noted in an earlier posting Arizona on a per capita basis is probably the state being hit the hardest by illegal immigration. At least they are attempting to actually do something about it. Since Presidents have really done absolutely nothing about this since Eisenhower launched Operation Wetback.

Times have changed since then, and racial profiling should largely be nothing but a red herring. Even if it does happen on occasion any untoward results should be readily corrected if a citizen’s rights are infringed upon. Further, since it appears that a rather large segment of immigration smuggling along with other smuggling; drugs, full auto weapons, sex slavery and so on comes through Arizona. Arizona looks to be poised to help the entire nation tremendously. Granted, the drug and other cartels will find other ways to get what they want. However, any effort to throttle down the flow should be commended.

Read on…

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday neared a deadline to act on the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration.

The sweeping measure would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It would also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal.

A Saturday deadline for Brewer, a Republican, to act on the bill was set on Monday when the legislation arrived on her desk. She can sign, veto or allow it to become law without her signature.

Civil rights activists have said the bill would lead to racial profiling and deter Hispanics from reporting crimes. Hundreds of Hispanics protested the legislation at the State Capitol complex on Thursday.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, said it would remove “political handcuffs” from police and help drive illegal immigrants from the state.

“Illegal is illegal,” said Pearce, a driving force on the issue in Arizona. “We’ll have less crime. We’ll have lower taxes. We’ll have safer neighborhoods. We’ll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We’ll have smaller classrooms.”

Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and is the nation’s busiest border crossing point.

Other provisions of the bill allow lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.

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9 Responses to “Illegal Immigration: Will Arizona lead the way?”

  1. sasoc Says:

    Pearce is an American hero.

  2. Chuck Says:

    The biggest concern in my book are non-hispanic immigrants or NHIs as ICE calls them. I have a buddy who works the border, and the number of prayer blankets they find is disturbing…

  3. mainenowandthen Says:

    Why would a Republican Governor wait so long to sign a bill that is the most sensible piece of legislation that I have seen addressing the problems of illegal immigration?

    Saw something just recently where the sheriff of one Arizona county has advised citizens to arm themselves because he admits that local law enforcement is no longer able to protect their persons and property against illegal aliens.

  4. Kevin Says:

    http://www.cassyfiano.com/2010/04/breaking-arizona-governor-signs-immigration-bill-into-law

  5. Silverhammer Says:

    Yes, bring back racial profiling. Enlarge the INS staff so they can do a better job of rounding up illegals.

  6. PanAm Says:

    I say Arizona is already leading the way… Thank you for the data…

  7. Silverhammer Says:

    I hope we do get serious about locking the borders down. It may be Arizona and Texas most affected, but once the illegals are in…they spread out far and wide.

    If I were King:
    I’d cancel the green card program. If they don’t already have a green card, then they cannot stay. If they have a relative in the States who does have a green card, that relative is welcomed to join them in Mexico or wherever else they came from, but they can no longer continue bringing in relatives to the United States.

  8. Silverhammer Says:

    I am a huge fan of racial profiling. I believe in calling a spade a spade. People always know where they stand with me.

  9. Ralph Baker Says:

    Greetings from Rhode Island. It’s not just Arizona, it’s the WHOLE COUNTRY having this problem! Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, woke up the Feds, now we’ll see if anything gets done to save the USA’s culture and identity as a Nation.

    The Federal Government coddles these border crossers way too much, leaving the rest of us with a steadily worsening mess of problems that we did nothing to deserve.

    Think back to 1967 when the country reached 200 million qualified citizens. America celebrated and threw a grand party. Now 43 years later there’s NO celebration; the party’s over and the USA has more than 300 million people. We’re in big, big trouble!

    I agree with Silverhammer – let’s cancel the Green Card program. Further, let’s revoke the Green Cards retroactively. Our national economy is supposed to benefit us first; any overflow should be directed to our children and grandchildren.

    Thanks and cheers from Ralph, http://draaiorgelfan.wordpress.com, “Wanted – The Dean Martin Show!”.

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