posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 09:23 PM
I must tip my hat to Arizona. The passing of this bill has sent shockwaves through our federal government and the nation as a whole. It has opened up
issues that have been audaciously ignored or swept into the corner by our nation for far too long. This bill has done exactly what Arizona intended it
to do on several levels, and Arizona should be commended and applauded for bringing these issues to the forefront.
Arizona found itself in an untenable position/ in 2006, then Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s strong support of illegal aliens finally forced
her to declare a ‘state of emergency’ because the state was overrun by 500,000 illegal aliens. In 2010 Arizona finds it public resources exhausted
and social programs overburdened causing hardships and cuts in services to the citizens of Arizona. Drug trafficking and the crime that comes with it,
is rampant at the border. Pleas to the federal government to address the border issue were responded to with platitudes of concern but not concerted
effort; other than stimulus money to train police in dealing with immigration issues in support of ICE.
As the situation worsened and the federal government failed to act, the government of Arizona found itself backed into a corner. It had no choice but
to fulfill its duties under the State and Federal constitutions, to provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the
Blessings of Liberty. However Arizona also knew it did not have the money or resources to secure the border in their state short of calling up the
National Guard. Arizona figured it had nothing to lose so it decided to stir the pot. Arizona passed a law giving police the authority to question
people about their immigration status, while in the course of a legal police stop. The law is almost a mirror image of the federal law. Seeing that
most of their police force had been trained in immigration rules and regulations, by the federal government, and seeing as there was federal law
dictating the lawful immigration of persons into the country, it seemed only prudent to use them to enforce those laws and help stem the tide until
such time as other options can be found.
Arizona’s passage of this law also allowed Arizona to bring into the mix several other issues that have been coming to a boil recently.
A study of the United States constitution will show only one clause on immigration.
Clause 4: To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
Therefore Arizona could make a case that under the ninth and tenth amendments it had the authority to control the immigration of aliens across its
Since the state law mirrored current federal law, Arizona could argue that its state law could not be found unconstitutional until such time as the
federal law was found to be so. Both laws contain specific rules on when and how police are to enforce this law. These rules address racial profiling,
and the idea of requiring citizens to carry papers.
Arizona’s passage of this law has done exactly what Arizona wanted; It has gotten the attention of Washington and the rest of the country. We have
been forced to reexamine issues involving racial profiling, states rights, citizens rights, and the basic concepts of common sense that seem to have
disappeared from our culture and laws. Arizona has become the spark of what will be an intense debate, and a turning point in this country.
In future post I hope to debate some of the issues brought up with others looking for serious, respectful debate.
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