Arizona’s governor just signed a new law toughening up that state’s immigration regulations, including the requirement that non-citizens carry proof that they legally entered our country. Portions of the law directly mirror current federal laws that are simply not being enforced.
As a border state, Arizona is on the front lines of a war being fought against drug lords and mexican mafia which is escalating by the day while our federal government sits on its hands. The most recent casualty in this war hit the national headlines last month, when an Arizona rancher was gunned down on his own land.
Things have gotten so bad in Arizona that even MSNBC had to report on it last year.
Arizona is an attractive target for drug smugglers, because it sits atop a geographic funnel in northwestern Mexico. With the Gulf of California to the west, the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and a vast illicit drug production area to the south, the Mexican plains lying just south of Arizona are a natural staging area for traffickers bound for the United States.
“The cartels have found this is the most lucrative place to come in the United States,” said Coulson. “We’re fighting a corporation, an entity that has resources of $10 billion at their disposal.” The DEA estimates that the drug cartels generate about $10 billion annually from the sale of drugs whcih pass through Arizona alone. …
American authorities have seen smugglers use a variety of methods to sneak drugs into the U.S. Often the cartels employ a virtual army of hikers, each of whom carries at least a 40-pound load of marijuana across the desert floor in a homemade burlap knapsack. They stash their loads on the U.S. side, where the drugs are then picked up by transporters.
Ranchers living in fear. Drugs smuggled in through a “virtual army of hikers”. And the federal government does nothing, because it’s politically incorrect to point out that these people are coming from Mexico. So the state of Arizona does what it has to do to protect it’s own citizens – the most basic responsibility of any government – and is immediately accused of racial profiling.
I understand that concern. Racial profiling has been used against blacks, latinos and probably every other race (including the Irish and other Europeans, if we look back in our history far enough) and is a serious type of harrassment that should never be tolerated.
The Governor of Arizona agrees.
Let me be clear, though: My signature today represents my steadfast support for enforcing the law — both AGAINST illegal immigration AND against racial profiling.
This legislation mirrors federal laws regarding immigration enforcement.
Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted, verbatim, from the same offense found in federal statute.
I will NOT tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona.
Because I feel so strongly on this subject, I worked for weeks with legislators to amend SB 1070, to
strengthen its civil rights protections.
That effort led to new language in the bill, language prohibiting law enforcement officers from “solely considering race, color, or national origin in implementing the requirements of this section…”
The bill already required that it “shall be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and
immunities of United States citizens.”
While the general protection was already included, I believe the issue is so important, we needed to make it CRYSTAL clear.
And I believe that we need to more than simply inscribe it in statute.
Words in a law book are of no use if our police officers are not properly trained on the provisions of SB 1070, including its civil rights provisions.
Today I am issuing an executive order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board – AZPOST — to develop training to appropriately implement SB 1070.
Importantly, this training will include what DOES – and DOES NOT – constitute “reasonable suspicion” that a person is not legally present in the United States.
This law will not be put into effect until later this summer. It remains to be seen how effective it will be at fighting crime and whether it will result in any inappropriate profiling. Some people are very happy about this law, believing something has to be done. Others are angry, believing the “rights” of immigrants (illegal or legal) outweigh all else. Interestingly, it is this latter group who also believes that only their side has the right to express their opinion.
Isn’t it interesting, that the very same people who fight so hard for the “rights” of people who are in our country illegally don’t believe their fellow Americans have the right to express a differring opinion? Worse, this attitude has been expressed in regards to nearly every issue where Conservatives take a stand. Those who opposed Obamacare were painted as racist instead of recognizing our very real concerns about government overreach. Those who stood up against the so-called Stimulous because of concerns about the massive increase in the federal budget and lack of any actual job-creation were unfeeling louts who didn’t want to help their fellow man. I could go on and on. Why is it that the very same people who for the last forty years have rallied and demonstrated at the drop of a hat, always espousing the importance of free speech and dissent suddenly believe we should all fall in line and bow to Obama and the democratic party? Consider the words of leftist icon, Noam Chomsky: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” Is that still true, Liberals? Or have the rules of the game changed now that the “radicals” are in charge?