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May
10

Take a Stand or Shut Up (and sing)

Most anti-Arizona Immigration Law pundits say something like this:

Now that Arizona has toughened illegal immigration laws, will the border crossings stop? Not until we look at the business end of immigration… If you seriously want to stop illegal border crossing, you have to hit where it hurts: the wallet. There are two reasons that Americans let illegals cross over in the first place: we don’t want to spend $25 on tomatoes, and we don’t want to get caught growing our own pot or making our own drug factories because that’s illegal and highly enforced.

But it’s a tricky issue.

  • No one–not Republican or Democrat or Conservative or Liberal–want to mistreat the Hispanic voting pool. It is assumed (not verified) they are against the Arizona bill so politics dictates we side with them.
  • But, polls show that up to 75% of Americans agree with the concepts contained in this law.

The mainstream media has mostly come down on the anti-Arizona side. OK. I get it. Just don’t treat me like I’m stupid. Tell me your position. Support it. Suffer whatever those consequences are. Don’t pretend you can support both sides–in the same short opinion piece–and I won’t notice.

Would it surprise you to know that the opinion I quoted above is actually in support of the bill?  The title is: The Right Way To Fix Arizona’s Immigration Problem. Sounds like she disagrees with SB 1070, huh? In fact, she spends the first half doing exactly that–blaming the employer for hiring them, blaming Americans because we love our illicit drugs:

There are two reasons that Americans let illegals cross over in the first place: we don’t want to spend $25 on tomatoes, and we don’t want to get caught growing our own pot or making our own drug factories because that’s illegal and highly enforced.

(A side note: she’s wrong on both counts. I wonder who she hangs out with?)

About half way through, she changes sides–says the bill will address the employer problem. Her conclusion is this:

Yes, this sucks for Mexicans crossing the border and looking for freedom from corruption. But it also strengthens our country and legitimizes the Mexicans who did it the right way. Everyone has a right to be in our country and stay here. They just need to follow the process.

Good grief. This is a 10-21 page bill (every version I’ve seen is different–I don’t understand why), not the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama. It does what it can for a band aid.

Get your story straight. If you can’t make up your mind, keep your thoughts to yourself. Don’t straddle the fence.

For a discussion of the Arizona bill, click here (coming tomorrow).



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