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Arizona’s New Bill

May 3, 2010

I wasn’t going to jump into the fray with the illegal immigrant bill in Arizona, but I think I’ve read enough about it at this point that I’ll put an opinion out there. I’m not sure the bill in Arizona is the best way to go about it, but I think the people of Arizona have a right to protect themselves from illegal immigration, since the federal government can’t be bothered. There is a reason why it is called “illegal.” As per usual, the mainstream media isn’t reporting; they’re editorializing and calling it objective reporting. It is quite unfortunate that those in the MSM have become habituated to spreading hate and misinformation instead of thoughtful analysis and objectivity. Here’s a great article, hat tip The American Catholic, that takes a less hysterical look at what is going on in Arizona. 

By the way, I don’t know how much traveling you’ve done outside the country, but I’ve done a bit. I’ve been to Mexico, France, England, Scotland, and Italy. At no time was I ever without my passport on my person while in those countries. Why? Because it’s the law in those countries, and they are not shy about enforcing their laws. In Paris, near the Eiffel Tower, wow, those swat-team-looking guys carry some serious armaments, and they don’t seem like they would hesitate to use them. If one of those guys asks for your passport, are you going to tell him no and demand your rights?  And please, take a look at this over at Michelle Malkin’s site if you want to see how Mexico treats illegal aliens in their country.  I’m not sure why we in the United States are expected to allow anyone who wants to come in to our country to just be able to walk in. No other country allows it. Those who live on our borders should feel safe and secure, and it is not unfair to ask that the federal government  stop undermining them in their efforts to achieve that goal.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Catherine Spratte permalink
    May 3, 2010 11:50 pm

    That was a good article. That guy is correct. It has been Federal law for more than half a century that all immigrants must carry all of their documents at all times or they can be fined or go to jail (30 days?). Now, I’ve never heard of the penalties ever being enforced, but they’ve always been there. Down here on the border, Border Patrol screens the public at the airport, bus stations, highways, and to drive to the interior of Texas we have to go through a Border Patrol checkpoint where we must declare our citizenship and show ID. People here are used to it and even US citizens will carry copies of their birth certificates or naturalization certificates so they can quickly show their status, especially if they don’t speak English.

    And it is true that Mexico makes life almost impossible for its own immigrants. They do not even recognize citizenship by blood like we do (having 1 US citizen parent almost always makes you a US citizen, even if born abroad and never set foot in the US). Many Mexican families prefer to have their children born in the US because of nicer hospitals and thinking that the child being a USC will be an advantage later. However, then they have to get “fake” Mexican birth certificates for those children because they will be denied public schooling and healthcare in Mexico if their own government knows they were born in the US (to 2 Mexican parents!). Even more silly is how many wealthy Mexican families I have seen where all the kids were born in the US but there is always one (the first one) who is born in Mexico. Why? Because the children born in the US cannot inherit the parents property according to Mexican law. So there must be an heir born in Mexico or the family estate will be lost when the parents die.

    You have to live on the border to see the flood coming across. It is not secure. Our town had 42 kidnappings this year (last year was 11) and that doesn’t count the rest of the county nor the majority that are unreported. People have been kidnapped at gunpoint at Starbucks and WalMart and they turn up beaten in Mexico, shot in the head in a ditch or are never found. On Friday all the parents in the town next to us panicked and pulled all their kids out of school when a rumor went around that the Zetas were going to kidnap kids from the schools for ransom. Think about it. If you heard that paramilitary terrrorists were going to kidnap school kids in your town, would you believe it? But here it is believable because everyone has been so on edge for so long. And everyone knows someone who had a close call recently with cartel violence. There is so much going on that is not on the news, too much to get into here, and most of it not good. The border is deteriorating fast.

    • May 4, 2010 4:22 pm

      Catherine – I knew things were not good, but I had no idea – 42 kidnappings this year? That’s totally unacceptable! When we lived in San Diego, we were routinely stopped at a border checkpoint that was just past Camp Pendelton on our way up to LA. I didn’t see a problem with it. We certainly had to wait a darn long time in line on the Mexico side coming back into the U.S. when we visited down there; and you lived in fear that they would decide to pull you over into secondary, because you knew they’d tear your car apart if they did, and they didn’t have to have a good reason to do it – you were in Mexico. That was what you signed on to if you went down there. So, it’s amazing to me that people who know they are in our country illegally actually have the audacity to complain about our rules! I do hope something gets done about the situation where you guys are. You shouldn’t have to live in fear.

  2. Joe Hargrave permalink
    May 4, 2010 1:34 am

    Thanks for adding your voice to this debate!

    AZ needs more defenders against the lies and slanders of the left.

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