Jonathan Begley

July 6, 2010

ARIZONA IMMIGRATION

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonathanbegley @ 7:22 pm

America was founded by immigrants. These people left what was common and normal for them, hoping for a new and better life.  These people were willing to work hard, to push the envelope, to live a life of adventure.  In just over two-hundred years we have created the most powerful nation in the world.  Millions of people worldwide would do almost anything to live here just a short time, and it is a direct result of the power of the American spirit.  It is because of this adventurous spirit that our forefathers were able to join together against a tyrannical government, or stand up against slavery, because everyone has the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  It is precisely these rights that are being taken away from the citizens of Arizona.  Not by the federal government, but by the Mexican drug cartels who follow now rules and obey no boundaries.  Some may argue that our nation was founded by immigrants, and this new law is in direct violation or our Constitution.  I say that times have changed,  and Arizona must do whatever it takes to protect its citizens from harm in their own backyards.

The federal government has been in a virtual standstill for years.  The radical right and left wing politicians have made it almost impossible to get anything passed.  As a result, nothing has been done, by any of the recent administrations, to address this critical issue of illegal immigration.  It is obvious that this situation is an extremely sensitive issue to millions of Americans.  There is no doubt that many Americans and their families will be hurt by whatever policy is put in place.  This is not time, however, to argue about the details.  It is time to protect our citizens from a faceless and lawless gang of criminals that is terrorizing the south. 

The real issue is not the father who has worked hard for the last ten years to provide for his family.  The man who allowed his work visa to expire, and therefore, is an illegal alien.  The real issue is not the mother who if she gets sent back to Mexico will be seperated from her children who are United States citizens.  The real issue is the drug smuggling and corruption that is rampant all across the south. 

Will racial profiling take place as a result of this new law?  Probably.  Is racial profiling the intention of this law?  No, it’s not.  To be honest, racial profiling already exists, and not just in Arizona.  Racial profiling takes place any time the police are called to a residence, or see a speeding car at three in the morning.  Racial attitudes and prejudices and beliefs are a part of our society, whether we want to acknowledge them or not.  We can continue to work to eliminate racial attitudes, but this is not happening overnight.  What is happening overnight is women and children are being killed.  Evil has invaded our American homeland. 

So what do we do about the officers who will use this new law as an excuse to target Hispanics.  We put measures in place so that when it is discovered that this has happened, these officers no longer have a job.  What do we do about lawmakers who feel it necessary to take the immigration issue on themselves, and those who may have other motives behind such actions?  We vote them out. 

We vote them out.  We let our voices be heard.  But until Washington comes up with a plan to secure the borders so that all citizens have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, Arizona can and should do whatever it takes.

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