Back in 70's when the Republican right was supporting the push for the states to re institute Capital Punishment. Many opponent's were saying that Innocent people would be killed. Supporters came back and said: The chances of a innocent person being executed under the Death penalty, the percentage rate would be very low.
When Governor George Ryan, a Republican, came into office in Illinois in 1999. Up to the year 2000 there had been 12 death row inmates executed since1977 when Capital punishment became law in the state. But he was forced to release 13 death row inmates based on new evidence. And, the famous case of Anthony Porter who was on death row for 15 yrs. Students of journalism at Northwestern University collected compelling evidence which lead to him being declared innocent. Governor Ryan had said at this point that: We have freed more people than we have put to death under our system and said There is a flaw in the system, then imposed a moratorium on the Death Penalty. So the statement that the percentage rate would be very low of the wrongly accused being put to death turn out to a very high percentage, at this time it would be over 50 %. More importantly, if you were one of these innocent inmates on death row waiting to be executed, to You personally The Death penalty would be 100% wrong. Also, Governor Ryan told Texas Governor George W. Bush, a Republican, that he should put a moratorium, in his state, on the Death Penalty because of the problems it had. Mr. Bush refused.
An article in the Huffington Post on 6/25/10 which began with: Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border an assertion that critics slammed as an exaggeration and racist. A T.J. Bonner, president of the union of that represent border agents said, Some illegal border crossers carry drugs but most don't. You have to be glad neither side came up with a percentage rate because surely both sides would give an incorrect one.
Also "Unless Gov. Brewer can provide hard data to substantiate her claim that most undocumented people crossing into Arizona are 'drug mules' she must retract such a outrageous statement. said Oscar Martinez.
There are claims that Ms. Brewer is playing politics with this situation. But these claims of racism, profiling, Equal protection under the law, couldn't this be considered political rhetoric.
Zero tolerance for Drugs. Remember Zero for drug users... But..For Drug traffickers there is a 5%, 10%, 20% or maybe a 30% tolerance standard. As long as the majority of illegal immigrants coming across the border and are honestly looking for work, which the country is in a short supply of right now, it would be alright for some illegal traffickers to filter through. Is that what the opponents to better border security are trying to say ? Why isn't there a Zero tolerance for Drug Dealers, it would definitely facilitate the Zero tolerance goal for Drug usage.
The United States of America from 1776 to 1783, Colonialists, citizens soldiers, a rag appareled, sometimes armed with just shovels, picks and pitch forks, a bunch of misfits, Fought against the Most powerful Military force in the World at the time, England. Poorly supplied, lost more battles than they had won And defeated the British under the command of General Washington. The country suffered through a Civil War and many other wars inside it's borders. Had the streets of it's cities controlled by the Mobs during Prohibition. Economic disaster of the Great Depression which lasted for over a decade. and much more. At present, in the Great Recession. But it is the only Super Power left and still has the greatest economy of the World.
When you hear these complaints from Hispanic groups about the allowing illegal immigrants to come north over the border so they can reunite with their families. There never seems to be any talk about them going south to reunite with them and somehow helping their people and country achieve the greatness that it could obtain, more like the USA. Or is this considered a racist remark ?
Both sides made claims that at least some illegal traffickers come across the southern border of the US. Which does effect the crime rate epically in border states. There are reports that have come out that Home invasions and kidnappings for ransom and other crimes have risen in Arizona. There are Democrats and others that have argued that the rise would only be at a low percentage rate. But...... if you were a victim of one these crimes wouldn't you be 100% wronged. Equal protection under the Law is always associated with discrimination but do you have the right to more Equal protection from crimes by securing the border ? And should all available means be used help to accomplish this task ? Wouldn't this make the whole country safer ?
The Arizona Law is now considered to be constitutionally sound by most of the law experts from the Left and from the Right. Except for some provisions like the enforcement power issue, giving local police officers the authority to ask people for proof of citizenship. Not saying that proving citizenship would make you safer. Yet.. If anyone could make you safer by enforcing any Law and to help accomplish this , whether it would be by the Border Patrol, the FBI, State Troopers, County Sheriffs, Local Police, deputized citizens or any other agency, even if it was your next door neighbor, would you really care who it was ? The (Poll) on the right side of this article is asking this question.
Mainly Republicans were supporting the continuance of executions under the Death Penalty even though they were aware that it was flawed...They were Wrong. Mainly Democrats are Not supporting increased border security, some saying it could never be accomplished,,, and They are Wrong Also. In both cases their approaches raise the risk that more innocent people will be harmed, falsely imprisoned and in some cases suffer death. And..It doesn't matter how Small the percentage rate is....