There is a lot of whining, crying and gnashing of teeth over SB1070. Most of it is BS. So let's take a moment to start with the basics.
A government is the organization, machinery, or agency through which a political unit exercises its authority, controls and administers public policy, and directs and controls the actions of its members.
As such, the fundamental premise of government is to provide a framework under which a sovereign group is provided a safe, secure and fertile infrastructure in which its citizens can safely thrive. A component of this responsibility is protecting the sovereign group. A subset of this of course is maintaining its lawful proximity with other governments.
A central government is typically charged with protecting this proximity why whichever means it sees fit. In this fashion, the government helps protect its citizens from enemies both foreign and domestic. For years our Federal government (not just with Mr. Obama but continuing with him) has shirked its responsibility to meet the growing threats of illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and international violence spilling into the U.S. over its porous borders. The recent escalation in violent crime in Mexico, higher level of threat from foreign terrorist organizations and drug trafficking from abroad has finally forced one border state – Arizona – which has been disproportionately exposed to these threats to take a unilateral action. This was done not to usurp Federal authority (it does not) but to substitute for the ineptitude of current Federal border policy.
Arizona’s SB1070 does not add any identification, detention, search or seizure mechanisms not all ready enacted (check it, you find that’s true). What it actually does is remove a peace offer’s prerogative to forego the validation of citizenship or legal alien status. Now, whenever an officer "makes contact" with someone and has “reasonable suspicion” of impropriety, or “probable cause” to suspect someone of an impropriety, he must ascertain that person’s legal status. Most officers already do this as a normal course of business (Driver’s License or State Issued picture ID, vehicle registration if appropriate and proof of insurance where required). SB1070 in fact specifies that presentation of a valid driver’s license or state-issued picture ID does – except where forged or altered documents are suspected – meet the test of law, and no further investigation is required. However what SB1070 adds is a requirement for further investigation if during this officer’s contact a citizen displays suspicious behavior such as furtiveness, failure to make or maintain eye contact or coherent communication, can or will not communicate in a known language or attempts to flee the scene. I’m sorry folks, but this is all common sense stuff to me – there is nothing overtly racial here.
The U.S. Government exists for the protection of its citizens - not for those of another country. It does not matter if it's Mexico, or Canada or any other overseas country which refuses to respect this nations sovereignty. The U.S. is already amongst the most diverse nations of the world - and perhaps the most tolerant in regards to immigration and cultural assimilation. There is fine-tuning needed in our current immigration system - but it's better than most. Having spent time abroad I will attest to that. I am also remiss if I do not again point out that illegal is illegal. Making that which is deemed to be illegal as legal has a name - anarchy. And anarchy leads to the downfall of civilizations. See Greece and the Roman Empire for pictures and paragraphs on how it worked out for them.
The people who spread this racist, bigoted rhetoric are a primary cause of the border issues we face today. Politicians so fear being labeled racist, bigoted or intolerant for offering plans to simply improve our national security. Because of these hateful (usually liberal) windbags, this very important matter becomes a political hot potato, and continues to be tabled for the sake of political expediency and poll numbers. And it forces states to do what Arizona has done to protect its citizens.
So let's get this straight – SB1070 is not a racial issue, it’s an issue of proper control of a border and protection of citizens. It has been brought about due to the Federal governments shirking of responsibility. Both Dems and GOP alike are culpable in this failure. A state government and its citizens have every right (via the10th Amendment) to take action to protect its borders when the Federal government cannot or will not do so. It so happens in this case the Arizona border is also a shared Federal border . I applaud Arizona for doing so and will continue to support any government which seeks the safety and security of its citizens.
To review: anyone making SB1070 a racial issue is either grossly misinformed, or willfully perpetrating a lie.
And for those of you who think it's so bad here, there are always other options. I'm just saying...
As always, one man’s opinion – YMMV
UPDATE 1: Arizonans organizing counter-boycott of Mexican food, Mexican sundries and travel into Mexico.
Perspective: Good for them! Pizza, burger and steak joints rejoice!
UPDATE 2: A Republican Texas lawmaker plans to introduce a tough immigration measure similar to the new law in Arizona, a move state Democrats say would be a mistake.
Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball said she will push for the law in the January legislative session, according to Wednesday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle.
Perspective: See? This is what happens when government fails to act on the will of the people. Expect this to be followed by more race-baiting, Fiberal lies and hate. Which brings us to...
UPDATE 3: Hispanics (nee Fiberals) planning marches on 70 or more U.S. cities on May 1st.
"The first priority for any elected official is to make sure that the safety and security of Texans is well-established," said Riddle, who introduced a similar measure in 2009 that didn't get out of committee. "If our federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn't have to take this action, and neither would Texas."
Perspective: Yeah, well I have two thoughts on this. First, read the Reuters article. You will note that most comments and quotes come from ACTIVISTS and RALLY ORGANIZERS, NOT REGULAR PEOPLE. That tells you where this so-call angst is coming from, the Fiberal Hate Machine and agents of the "O"val Orifice. Second, you know there won't be illegal immigrants there in droves, because they have to work to get paid. They can't afford days off for silly demonstrations. Look instead for Immigration Liars, errr Lawyers, Consortium, Collegiate student activist clubs, Socialist groups, race baiters such as MALDEF and NAACP, and the legions faithful to Darth Sharpton and His Imperialist Bigot-troopers present in en masse...Want to fight a good fight, people? Work hard to convince our elected leaders to protect our citizens and strengthen our borders. Encourage other to spend they would use on spouting race-baiting rhetoric to support the sovereignty of the country many of us once swore to protect and defend.
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