Arizona and Racial Profiling
Is Arizona's New Law a Good Thing?
The only argument I’ve seen or heard opposing Arizona’s tough new immigration law is that it will result in racial profiling. But racial profiling already exists. The new law isn’t needed to cause cops to hassle Latinos because they already do it. There are good cops and bad cops just as there are good people and bad people. The bad apples are going to continue busting Latinos, justifiably or not, law or no law.
What about the civil rights of Latinos? Well, is it too big a price to pay to carry proof of citizenship if it can result in saving our country billions of dollars? I don’t think so. And it is costing billions for welfare, food stamps, education, school lunches, free medical care and more.
In fact, we will probably come to a point where we all have to carry national identity cards anyway, if just to prevent identity theft if no other reason. With all the information that’s already out through bank accounts, Social Security, credit cards and more, chances are the government already knows all about us anyway, and while I don’t like the idea of “Big Brother” watching over me (like “1984) it is already here.
Probably the only thing President Bush ever said that I agreed with was that we are not going to deport 11 million people. We need to make them assimilate, to become Americans, speak our language, respect our laws and our flag. But we’ve got to stop more from coming. There are billions of people all over the world who would love to come here, but we can’t accommodate them all. If we try, rather than bringing them up to our standards, we will be brought down to theirs.
But what about “A day without Mexicans”? Who will do the back breaking work of picking crops? Of cleaning our motel rooms? Of being our nannies? Well, how about those 11 million law breakers that are already here? And what happens when they climb the social ladder out of those jobs? I don’t know - we can cross that bridge if we ever get to it. With today’s unemployment it probably wouldn’t be a problem.
There is one other problem about not securing our borders, and this one is scary. Terrorists. The same people that blew up the World Trade Center, attacked the London subway, blew up an airliner in Scotland, can now easily sneak across the border to do their terrible deeds here.
Bottom line, I say hooray for Arizona. Too bad the federal government doesn’t have as much good sense - or the guts - to do what is right.
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