There is much hand-wringing and flapping of gums from the left over Arizona’s illegal immigration law which permits local and state law enforcement, in the course of a normal investigation such as a traffic stop, to inquire as to an individual’s legal status.
For the first time, President Obama seems to be worried about the Constitution, and has directed AG Holder to determine if the Arizona law is constitutional. I’m not the first to point it out, but doesn’t it seem a little odd that the federal government and the left are angry about AZ asking for proof of legal presence in the United States, but the rest of us are now required to show proof of health insurance as a condition of our being citizens of the United States?
The federal government has completely and totally abrogated their responsibility to secure our borders. But it gets worse than that, because the former governor of Arizona – from whom I might point out Arizona has inherited this disaster – says things are great!
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 27 that the Southwest border is “as secure as it has ever been,” while the Associated Press reported that the capital of the former Arizona governor’s home state has been dubbed the “kidnapping capital” of the U.S., due to cross-border human smuggling and drug trafficking.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Southwest Border Initiative is making “unparalleled progress in creating a safe and secure Southwest border,” the DHS Secretary told the committee… (h/t @rundeart)
Phoenix has the dubious distinction of being the kidnap capital of America, and second in the world. So, the citizens of the state of Arizona decided they were fed up and tired begging the federal government to do their damn job and secure the border. They crafted and passed a law giving local and state law enforcement authority to ask people their immigration status and turn them over to ICE. They did not create any new police powers, and they will not be roaming the neighborhoods rounding up latinos. The accusations from the open borders crowd that the cops will be going around shouting “PAPERS, PLEASE!” is bullshit, and they know it.
I can think of another very specific power the federal government has “exclusive” domain over: the printing and coining of money. Suppose I start a counterfeit operation here in Ohio. I just decide to print my own money. I even pay my taxes in cash that is fresh off my own laser printer upstairs. Of course, the fed would never let me get away with it, but suppose they ignored it. Should Ohio have no jurisdiction or authority to prosecute me, or even ask me if my money is real or not?
That is patently ridiculous. I make a purchase with my fake cash, and the merchant loses because there is no way the bank will accept it. That hurts people, because the money I’m using is literally worthless. That is why we have laws against counterfeiting and why the US Treasury Department enforces the laws. But under no circumstances does it preclude the state of Ohio from arresting me for fraud and counterfeiting just because the fed says “meh”
So explain something to me, please. Why is Arizona taking on the job the federal government just won’t do such an affront to justice? Arizona did not change the requirements for obtaining a green card, or pass a law changing the process by which legal status could be revoked, or even claim that they can revoke legal status.
MSNBC even had the balls to run the banner “AZ law makes it a crime to be an illegal alien”(newsbusters)
Here is my position on illegal immigration, it is pretty simple:
1) Secure the damn border.
2) Now let’s talk about what to do with the people who are here illegally.
The federal government is an agent of the several states, including Arizona. If the feds won’t do the job they’re supposed to, that does not prevent the state from acting in their own best interest and trying to fill the gap.