Take this from Rich Lowry:
Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote in a blog post, “I can’t imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques.”
The president of the Hispanic Federation said the law “reminded me of Nazi Germany.” Cooler heads merely compared it to apartheid or 1960s-era civil rights abuses.
And here I thought the tea partiers were befouling America’s political discourse with their overheated words. They don’t hold a candle to His Eminence or the assorted other hysterics decrying the rise of totalitarianism in the American Southwest.
Arizona’s offense is to attempt to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, in the absence of any serious commitment to do so on the part of the federal government or our political class.
The Arizona law makes it a state crime for aliens not to have immigration documents on their person. This sounds draconian, except it’s been a federal crime for more than half a century — U.S.C. 1304(e). Has the open-borders crowd forgotten that it calls illegal aliens “undocumented” for a reason? Police officers asking for papers may be redolent of old World War II movies.
But consider the offending provision: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state … where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
Hitler would be crestfallen. This hardly reeks of extremism. It means the vast majority of requests for documentation will occur in the course of other police business, like traffic stops. The police already have the power to stop illegal aliens, which the Arizona courts have upheld; they already can ask about someone’s legal status (the U.S. Supreme Court noted in 2005 that it has “held repeatedly that mere police questioning does not constitute a seizure” under the Fourth Amendment); and they already can detain illegal aliens. The Arizona law strengthens these existing authorities.
And what did “the one” do with Arizona’s announcement that they would enforce Federal law? Send in the lawyers to figure out if Arizona violated Federal law, not to help them secure their Southern border as it is the Federal Government’s responsibility.
Which means our Federal Government has its priorities ass-backward… Ronald Reagan stated,
"A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation."
Is this a nation of laws? Last that I heard of, we are. The politicians are just not choosing to make it a priority. And it doesn’t seem that our politicians of either party is willing to stand up for the laws of this country to provide for the safety of its people.
I do understand that the illegal immigrants (aka undocumented workers) are only looking for a better life, and risk life and limb to come to this country by whatever means. But so is the thief that breaks into homes looking for valuables to steal to make his life better. Both of them are violating the laws of this country.
With respect to the Cardinal and Hispanic Federation president: I do not have a problem with people immigrating to or entering this country legally, but to reward those that come here by illegal means and then defend their actions grates against my law-abiding nature. Sirs, while you may hide behind humanitarian facades, I would suggest that you personally put your respective organizations on the other side of the border and help these same people that you are defending enter the United States legally. To not respect the citizens of the United States and the laws of the United States is hypocritical from the humanitarian stance that you have taken. Our rights are being violated with every person that crosses the border illegally.
Arizona has had its fill of the illegal problem and the lack of response by the Federal Government. Arizona is taking matters into it’s own hands. After all –
"The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government." — Ronald Reagan