1 May 2010
The Constitution and Bill of Rights assign the federal government the responsible to secure our borders and establish immigration policy. Article 1, Section 8 gives Congress the “Power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises to pay the debts and provide for the common defence (sic) and general welfare of the United States” and to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization."
The apoplectic response of President Obama and other liberals to Arizona's passage of strict laws governing illegal aliens simply demonstrates that the federal government hasn't done its job.
Words mean things therefore we need to establish a baseline of terms.
1. Alien - any person who is not a citizen of the country in which he or she lives.
2. Immigrant - a person who migrates to another country legally, usually for permanent residence.
3. Naturalization - to confer upon an alien the rights and privileges of a citizen.
4. Citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.
5. Illegal - forbidden by law or statute; contrary to or forbidden by official rules, regulations, etc
Given the above, the term "illegal immigrant" is an oxymoron. The correct term is “illegal alien”, emphasis on illegal.
An immigrant therefore is by definition an alien who arrives legally in the US and adheres to a naturalization process that results in legal standing as a US citizen. They must then also learn how to balance sustaining their cultural heritage and assimilating as English speaking, writing and reading Americans.
Arizona Senate Bill 1070 is just 17-pages. A precis follows. It will not result in a “Show me your papers!” police state and does not turn law enforcement officials into ICE agents.
Short title; Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.
1. Attrition (of the illegal invasion) through (lawful) enforcement
2. Discourage and deter the 1) unlawful entry and presence of aliens, and 2) the economic activity of persons unlawfully present
1. Lawful contact and reasonable suspicion result in a reasonable attempt to determine immigration status as verified with the federal government.
2. Illegal aliens convicted of a state or federal crime are transferred immediately to ICE.
3. Prohibits the exchange or archiving of immigration data.
4. Provides for judicial (civil) and financial redress for violations.
5. Defines trespassing, smuggling, unlawful transport and employment, employer verification procedures, and impounding of vehicles.
So what is it exactly that liberals and the spineless find so shocking?
To go a step further, the XIV Amendment gives federal jurisdiction to "all persons born or naturalized in the Unites States". That does not include those born to an illegal alien regardless of how much some “feel” for the mother and baby. Unfortunately, our country has allowed that to become the norm and therefore reversing course will be difficult. It’s still the right thing to do.
Liberals of course are demonizing Arizona SB 1070 supporters as racists who are unfair, mean spirited, support profiling, carry guns, cling to religion, blah blah blah. This response is typical; shout louder and dispense chaff when in the minority and unable to dominate in the arena of logic, ideas, and policy.
SB 1070 is a start-point for discriminating immigration reform, in the right sense of the word, so what’s the problem?