By: Wayne Brown
As I watch the news of 7/30/10, I came to a revelation. Arizona has been used and will continue to be used as this immigration issue plays out in the United States. Essentially, Arizona has played into the hands of those in Washington who would seek to have “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. That might not seem possible to you as you read along at this point but stick with me and maybe you will agree.
This whole argument, if you will, comes down to “securing the border”. Those who side with Arizona are quick to say that must happen and it must happen first and foremost. The majority of the citizens of Arizona want this to happen as do the majority of the citizens of America. So, if we follow a rational reasoning process it would seem that we would secure the border and then address what we do with those who are here in America under illegal circumstance. That is certainly the way it seems but I tend to now believe that no one in Washington ever believed that it would happen that way.
Arizona just took a set back on the ruling with regard to the proposed state law regarding immigration enforcement. The judge took much of the teeth of the law out of force and pushed the state into seeking appeal. That appeal must continue to go up against the Constitutional recognition that the Federal Government is the ultimate authority on securing the borders of the United States. Unfortunately, the Constitution does not address what happens when the Federal Government does not do its job. Thus, the appeal will probably be uphill and could end up in the Supreme Court before a final decision is rendered. The higher this decision goes, the more likely it will favor the Federal Government, in my opinion.
Now, we have the Attorney General of Arizona, who by the way, has been against the Arizona law all along primarily, as he outlines, because he considers it a Federal responsibility therefore the state has no basis for attempting to enforce the law. When he speaks, his politics come out on the issue in that his priority for a solution prescribe that we first pass comprehensive immigration reform and then we get the border secured by the government. The Mayor of Phoenix holds a similar view calling first for comprehensive reform then security of the border in that order.
While Arizona led the call and took action under the guidance of the Governor. It now appears that the reaction is to push for reform before security. It appears that all those who speak from a position of authority on the matter would say that security cannot be gained unless reform is first accomplished. Thus, this becomes the mantra. That seems simple and easy enough for the average person to understand. We can all get along if we just make the effort to first pass comprehensive immigration reform and then, under that guidance, the Federal Government will secure the border.
The proof in the argument becomes Arizona. The state failed to accomplish the law or at least that is what some would like you to believe. When you buy into that solution, you realize that it is futile to defy the Federal Government thus we need to find a quick compromise and just go along. If you buy into that reasoning, I have some really nice coastal beach in Louisiana that I currently have at a bargain.
My point here is as they make the case against Arizona, the public realizes that it is futile for states to resist the powers of the Federal Government. On that basis, more and more citizens call for a compromise which seems to inevitably lead to first we have reform then we secure the border. Let’s stop right here. If you can find a way to rationally buy into this compromise, then you really need to clear your head. There is an absolute in this discussion and it has everything to do with securing the border. Securing the border has nothing whatsoever to do with immigration reform…they are two entirely separate subjects. The Obama Administration would never want you to think that way. The mantra this administration is selling and literally blackmailing the State of Arizona to accomplish is “first reform; then security”. The first part is true, the second part is a total lie.
In this process of getting where we are at this moment, the State of Arizona has been used as a scapegoat to show that “states rights” really do not exist in the mind of the Federal Government. Any of you who read my other articles know that I believe that all issues in the country ultimately stem from the argument of “State Rights”. This is just another example. Get the picture right in your mind and the entire argument takes on an entirely different perspective.
The Obama Administration has failed to secure the southern borders of Arizona. We are suffering a constant and growing influx of illegal immigrants, criminals, drug traffickers, and God knows what else in terms of our national security. Arizona is going broke on the illegal immigrant issue alone and losing control of much of the southern territory of the state on the basis of criminals and drugs. The Federal Government argues that they do not have a “dog in the hunt”, that it is a Federal issue under the Constitution. On the other hand, the Federal Government is not taking any significant action to secure the border and stem the flow. The Obama Administration is making this a political issue. The people of Arizona are fighting for their lives. Who’s side are you on?
The Federal Government is going to make every effort to use Arizona to prove the point of “go along and get along.” The Obama Administration is willing to saturate this country with illegal immigrants at the very least and give a portion of it up to criminals on the pole. Arizona becomes the litmus test and the courts so far are confirming that their efforts may be futile. Meanwhile, we have the Obama Administration almost operating on the basis of an “open border” policy and more than willing to grant across the board amnesty to that 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants who are already here. That may not be alarming to you until you realize that these people will look to the Obama Administration and the party associated with it as their savior and will become devout supporters with their “granted” voting power.
Arizona is being used and abused in this process and it could easily be stopped if we had a President who cared about America and those who are citizens of it. But we do not have that, we have a President who is more interested in stuffing the ballot boxes with illegal immigrants that he, the all might king, grants citizenship. We have a President that , if he told the truth, actually is a proponent of open borders. We have a President who is willing to sell your soul to save his. Today it is Arizona, tomorrow, what else will it encompass? Will the bell toll for thee? Maybe you will feel differently when it does. I can assure you that by the time we reach that point, it will not matter.
When the taxpayers of America let this issue go to “Comprehensive Reform”, then write the whole thing off as a loss because border security was be a thing of the past. Get the horse ahead of the cart folks…we need the border secured, then we can discuss reform on a timely basis. WB
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