In the media-driven frenzy regarding the newly-passed Arizona law on illegal immigration enforcement, there have actually been some interesting tidbits hiding beneath the swastikas made of refried beans (live the stereotype, y'all). The main reason this law had to be passed was because the Federal government intellectually recognizes the issue but since they don't have illegals scooting through their backyards in the middle of the night, it isn't real to them. The reality is that if you entered this country without going through proper channels, you are here illegally and there are already laws against that and everyone knows it. Arizona is using this law to bring a very real issue to the fore: a law that is unenforced is useless.
Right now the Democrats need everyone (except white guys, apparently) to get out and vote in November, according to Obama, and by enforcing those laws already on the books, the Feds are going to piss off millions of (possibly illegally) registered voters. But that doesn't help states that have been overwhelmed with illegals straining their domestic infrastructures. So the Democrats would rather see the economies of the states go down the tubes and score political points rather enforce our immigration laws. I firmly believe that if the laws had been enforced as they should be, that Arizona never would have had to take this action.
I think the kicker for me was when I was listening to Don Wade and Roma this morning and someone called in on the subject of the Arizona law and they actually said "Being an illegal immigrant is not a crime." DW and R had to walk this guy through it step by step before he realized that doing something that is called 'illegal' makes it a crime. But he honestly didn't see it that way because 'no one gets thrown in jail for being illegal.' All Arizona did was change that, at least within the borders of their state. I hope that other states whose economies are being destroyed by illegals start taking the same action since it's very clear that the Federal government won't.
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