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Arizona Has a Right to Enforce the Law

Posted on April 14 2010 2:00 pm
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Today’s big headline on Drudge: “Arizona Police to Begin Arresting Illegals”. When you stop and think about it, it’s almost comical that it is a controversial headline for a state to enforce the law, but you can bet it is.

Get ready for the onslaught of the usual arguments on profiling, racism, “doing the jobs Americans won’t do” and more.

Arizona has an unemployment rate of 9.8% as of this moment. Are you seriously trying to tell me that they have a shortage of workers and are in dire need of illegals to fill the void? Even Cesar Chavez could see a problem with this decades ago, as cited by The Arizona Conservative :

Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW) Union opposed illegal immigration, claiming it undermined efforts to unionize farm workers and improve working conditions and wages for American citizen workers. The UFW reported illegal immigrants to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In 1969, Chavez led a march along the U.S.-Mexico border to protest farmers’ use of illegal aliens.

The MSM has given front and center coverage to groups like La Raza, but how does our Hispanic/Latino population really feel about illegal immigration? It appears that a fair percentage of them realize that it causes a lot of problems.  Steve Sailer of The American Conservative has the stats:

A 2002 survey by the Pew Hispanic Center found that 48 percent of Latino registered voters felt there were “too many” immigrants in the U.S. today, while only 7 percent thought there were “too few.”

The racial profiling argument has already begun, as illustrated in this quote from Jennifer Allen of Border Action Network:

“The really dangerous impact is the creation of a new state crime related to trespassing. If law enforcement has a reasonable suspicion that someone is undocumented they can be stopped and forced to prove they’re a U.S. citizen. If they can’t prove it, they can be arrested,” said Jennifer Allen, director of the Border Action Network, an immigrant advocacy group, “But reasonable suspicion is so broad and the law provides no definition and no training for law enforcement on how to identify someone. It essentially mandates racial profiling,” she said.

Have we reached the point where it is more important to avoid offending someone than to actually enforce the law? Please try to explain that to the family of Rob Krentz, who was murdered on his own ranch at the end of March. Michelle Malkin’s site has this update:

Foot tracks were identified and followed approximately 20 miles south to the Mexico border by sheriff’s deputies, U.S. Border Patrol trackers and Department of Corrections dog chase teams, authorities said.

While you are explaining to Krentz’s family how evil it is to “racially profile” anyone, please also add an explanation of why it’s perfectly fine for the American taxpayer to pay billions on the incarceration of illegal aliens:

It is estimated the federal cost of incarcerating criminal aliens — Bureau of Prison’s cost to incarcerate criminals and reimbursements to state and local governments under SCAAP — totaled approximately $5.8 billion for calendar years 2001 through 2004. BOP’s cost to incarcerate criminal aliens rose from about $950 million in 2001 to about $1.2 billion in 2004 — a 14 percent increase.

We all know that this is not really about racism, profiling or filling the “ jobs that Americans won’t do.” Don’t allow the progressive media to own this issue. If anyone has a right to own this, it is the State of Arizona and all of our border states fighting the deadly effects of illegal immigration on a daily basis.

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