There has been so much debate about the constitutionality of the Arizona Law about giving local police the power to ask anyone with reasonable cause to prove their legal status. On This Week show Roundtable guest George Will read the Federal Law that stated: Every alien 18yrs of age and older shall at all times carry with him and have with him personal possession in a certificate of alien registration or alien registration card issued to him. And this has been in law for 58 yrs. So the State law appears to be in line with the Federal law and it comes down to the expanded powers of enforcement.
Al Sharpton, the opportunist, who was also at the Roundtable, is going to a rally this Wednesday in Arizona protesting their new law. He says the new law does not give people of Arizona equal protection under the law. I wonder if the white boys in Middletown NY area accused of sexually assaulting a african-american girl named Tawana Brawley had been given equal protection under the law of being publicly condemned by Al Sharpton with not more than reasonable suspicion. Not only did he accused them at a rally in upstate NY he stated that Anyone who did not believe Tuwana Brawley was a racist. It was discovered later that She made the whole thing up and made false accusations of being attacked during school hours on the day which she skipped all her classes. The boys had been proved to have attended all classes on the day in question not only by the Principal and classmates but also by video tapes. They were found to be totally innocent by local Police Department. Is Mr. Sharpton going to the upcoming gathering as a good example of a offender, relating to the illegality of reasonable suspicion. And did his false claims about these boys, did he sacrifice the civil rights of the people, not of any color ?
Another guest named Katrina Vanden Heuvel on the same show on Sunday May 2nd had also made a statement. In part she said that: ' You have Police chiefs who believe that this (Arizona law) endangers the public safety and the security of the state and it's citizens.' What ? So she is trying to say if more law enforcement agencies have been given expanded authority and increasing the numbers of all agencies to enforce more laws this renders Arizonians less safe? Her statement definitely needs some kind of explanation and wonder if there could be a credible one. Ms. Vanden Heuvel also brought up and warned of Economic Boycotts on Arizona businesses in revolt of passing the new law. Now one of the main points of the opposition of this recent law is that the civil rights of the innocent legal immigrants and naturalized citizens of Mexican origin will be violated. The state of Arizona which has a high percentage people of Mexican and Hispanic decent. A Economic boycott would hurt the non-Hispanic businesses who employ illegal, legal Mexicans and also Mexican owned businesses who would be opposed to the new law and are innocent. The boycott would financially be harming the group that the anti-law proponents are trying to give support to.
It's not often, But the Republicans got this one right this time. "It's the border stupid" If congress passes any immigration Reform bill that gives illegal immigrants work permits, green cards or any other documents for a pathway to citizenship without controlling the border, it could be disastrous. There has to be people in Mexico, central America and other foreign countries that didn't try to enter the United States illegally because there was little or no chance of becoming legal or citizens. A new law could set off a mass entrance into this country. With a very porous border and a understaffed law enforcement, the situation could come to the point of being uncontrollable. The illegal traffickers would love the increased numbers in transit because it would decrease the chances of them being caught. You could end up with a surplus of x-illegal workers competing for even the so-called low end jobs, such as agriculture, house cleaning etc. and would create a whole new class of the unemployed.
The Democrats with very honorable intentions of Reforming Immigration laws have to pull their heads out the sand this time and weigh all the potential negatives effects of new legislation. There can't be a Reform Bill that changes illegals to some kind of legal status without the government gaining control of the southern border First.. With a secured border this would add safety and security to legal and illegal immigrants, naturalized and native citizens alike.
And finally... You might approve or disapprove with the Arizona law. It would be a inconvenience to Mexicans and Hispanics who would be affected by it's enforcement. But becoming a Victim of a crime is the Ultimate violation of a person's civil rights. Whether this law helps reduce crime remains to be seen...