Immigration: An Uprising of Common Sense
Immigration, immigration, immigration! It’s been in the American spotlight for some time and with good reason. A little more than two years ago, just before the recession crisis, much of the nation was laden with illegals, living together in large groups and sometimes causing lots of trouble. I saw this debacle myself even though I harbor no ill will against any of them. I did question their right to be here. Today, a scant few of them are still here, in part, due to the economic crash. Perhaps those that are still here are in the process of becoming citizens. I’ll never know. Will the authorities? Without adequate laws and power to enforce those laws, we will never know and millions are likely to quietly fall through the cracks as America pays for it, just like they have in California for decades. Where is California today? Can the nation afford such mismanagement?
But I digress… Why were so many of them here? Their goal was to wire as much cash as possible back home to Mexico. That’s the bottom line. They weren’t here to achieve the American Dream or to become citizens. They weren’t here to become part of the nation or active members of local communities. Some of them were here, by their own admission, to undermine authority to bring about a new expansion of Mexico. Others rose up spewing hate and arrogance in the hope of inspiring a grass roots uprising, while using freedom of speech. Others simply wanted to further ingrain an underground system of drug pushers and illegal activity. For years, Americans have been fed a steady diet of bad news about border crossing confrontations and drug activity. For a time, illegal activity was out of control and probably still is. What much of the nation does know is that illegals were here in an effort to survive an already impoverished Mexico. What illegals do, even unwittingly, is to undermine the economy for legal law abiding citizens, allegedly performing jobs that nobody else would perform for all kinds of reasons. Because of this, illegals are able to collect on all manner of social services that many citizens cannot apply or qualify for.
Enter the Arizona legislature under Governor Jan Brewer with a new law that requires police to question people about their immigration status. The police must ask for identification, if they suspect someone could be in the country illegally. The new law actually makes it a crime under state law to be in the United States illegally and seeks to enforce the law. Anyone unable to produce documents showing they are citizens or allowed to be in the U.S. can be arrested, jailed for up to six months and fined $2,500. (Good luck collecting the cash Arizona.) The law also toughens restrictions on hiring illegal immigrants for day labor and knowingly transporting them. (Imagine that, we finally recognize that human trafficking needs to be stopped, even if the underground economy is an old hand at it.) The new Arizona law also sets up a paper tiger against the Feds, allowing lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws. Critics accuse lawmakers of supporting racial profiling. What do you think?
Mexican President Felipe Calderon released a statement that “the Mexican government condemns the approval of the law.” This is to be expected since Mexico is looking at losing billions more in lost wire transfers from the United States. Even Al Sharpton has inserted his foot into the battle, proclaiming a new civil rights battle to make the world right. Mr. Sharpton, last I knew, civil rights were awarded to CITIZENS alone. There is a process in most countries to apply for citizenship, which allows them citizenship rights. Citizenship for foreigners is granted as a privilege, not a right. The privilege of being a U.S. citizen has been reduced in counterpoint to all the benefits that illegals can enjoy, including free medical care, child services and voting rights. Now, with new global thinking, suddenly everyone has the right to be a U.S. citizen, including the notion of building an uprising. Arizona is in the middle of the storm, with an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, advertised as the state with the most illegal border crossings.
Arizona has stepped out, while other states that are confounded with large quantities of illegals contemplate their own versions of similar legislation. Are Americans losing any rights by requiring documentation? How many Americans have driver licenses, birth certificates, social security numbers and more? That is what living in America is like. Documentation is a necessary part of life, especially to qualify for government benefits. Finally, Arizona is doing something about illegal activity by enforcing legality. They have put some teeth in the law by giving the police enough power to enforce the law, enabling deportation. No longer will illegals be able to get an unconditional free ride. No longer will the nation be in bondage to the whims of illegals that seek unfair advantage over qualified citizens.
Imagine America, a land where citizens are CITIZENS.
~ E. Manning