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Arizona Dilemma

Updated on August 24, 2014

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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      Chasuk 7 years ago

      @RunAbstract: What would be bad about Canada, Mexico, and the US being one country? I want a thoughtful answer, nothing knee-jerk or jingoistic.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @mytipen...Thank you for your read and comment. As I have pointed out before, Obama took ownership of the immigration issue when he elected to change the policies which were in place coming into office. Those policies did not control it but stepping away from them was a step in the wrong direction that only served his desires. Secondly, a recession has little to do with people being enraged about illegal immigrants and God knows what else pouring across the border on a daily basis. Thirdly, reform and security of the border do not go hand in hand. The present administration would like everyone to believe that because the desire to gain security over the border is the only leverage Obama and company have over the public to gain the reforms they desire. The border needs to be shut down now period stop and the proper resources need to be employed to do just that. Lastly, these people are illegal, they are guilty of breaking the laws of this country. We don't need any Progressive attitude about turning our head to that fact while we grant them blanket amnesty for citizenship in this country especially in light of the fact that so many good people have come to this country and worked hard to earn their citizenship. Amnesty spits in the face of those efforts and it genuinely devalues citizenship in this country. There is nothing Progressive about attempting to establish another 20 million low-income voters who the Left can prey on as a voting block in return for all the support that was offered in their progressive effort toward a solution. This entire situation is a political one driven by the Obama Administration to leverage reform and while everyone is sitting around the campfire singing "Kum-Bah-Ya" and talking about reform, the illegals, criminal, drug traffickers and the like continue pouring across the border. Maybe when one of them explodes a dirty bomb in one of the cities, we'll get more "progressive" and "aggressive" about securing our border. WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @RunAbstract...good points...No doubt there are proponents out there and I am sure that we have one in office at present. His primary string puller, George Soros, certainly is in favor of open borders which is almost the same as one country. There's a lot going on behind the scenes I am sure. Thanks for your visit and comment. WB

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      mytipen 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A

      Good article Wayne but i just want to point out that while Obama might be the president now, the illegal immigration didn't start on his watch. It has been an ongoing problem in this country right from it's inception. The only reason people are so worked up right now is because we're in a reccession and people always look for a scape goat during hard times. Arizona's knee jerk reaction is not the solution to that problem. The solution is a complete immigration reform where everybody will come together and find solutions to the problem. I know many people don't support what the progressives are suggesting about giving the illegals a part to citizenship, but so also are many people not supportive of the conservative suggestion of deporting all of them including their American citizen children. This is why there needs to be a sit down of both sides to reach an agreement with both sides making concessions. All this posturing with one side saying it's their way or nothing will only remain political madness that won't do anything to help solve the problem.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Security... that is the issue in the hearts and minds of many.

      In Texas people fishing for bass are being robbed at gunpoint on a lake that boarders Mexico, by lake pirates.

      Does anyone remember NAFTA? Are we moving toward one nation, one America, with Canada, The United States, and Mexico?

      In my area a Kraft cheeze commercialis airing on TV features a nice male voice telling us that ONLY one country makes the cheeze. And that the country is AMERICA. There is no country, or nation named AMERICA.

      Is BIG BUSINESS linked to the fight against security of the southern boarders?

      So many questions. So few answers.

      In California a few years back, a raging wildfire was eventually traced back to an illegal boarder crosser, (which I refuse to call an immigrant), who made a campfire. That ended up costing the already "broke" state many millions of dollars in fighting.

      We as a nation must stand together! A house divided will not prevail. Brave Arizona must be held up by the rest of the states!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...I think Arizona is trying to do the exact thing that I would try...fight this situation as legally as they possibly can. To think that a sitting President would defy that action based on the reasoning that all states will begin enacting immigration laws is ludicrious...if the border states eliminate the problem, other states will not have an issue! This is about states rights and Obama knows it. He wants this struggle to play out so that the other states watching will get their lesson to sit down and shut up. That might seem alright for now but what happens when he begins to declare marshall law in the country...the states will already have decided their fate. This guy is big, big trouble and we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg! Thanks for your comments, Ken! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      The question here is, when does the citizens of a state they were raised and born in stand up and really start to take action? When do they the citizens protect and take up arms to save their state from all these illegal aliens entering and causing the havoc to their beloved state and country? It's obviously clear that this administration does not care and are using Arizona as a guinea pig. I hope the citizens of Arizona act on this before it's too late.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas are exactly right, Poppy...that is why I think this is a litmus test and a number of states will find themselves challenged on many issues ultimately testing whether the Feds have the muscle to shutdown states all leads to marshall law. WB

      @Pamela99...your points are exactly correct. I think this President is in violation of his oath of office on this matter yet his crony Congress will never call him on it. The Governor of Arizona should be allowed to call out the National Guard if necessary. Obama shut down fencing operations and has let other operations run without much oversight...he has ownership of this situation in this post 9/11 world and he sits on his hands. Thank you for your comments Pamela! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Wayne, This Arizona situation is horrible. We gave Obama who does nothing. We have a judge who apparently not concerning with the high number of deaths and criminal activity in Arizona and we have a state that lives in feat. It is a horrendous situation. Your hub was excellent.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I am revolted by the idea that the federal government would see fit to sue a state. It's disgusting. What they should be doing is securing the borders and helping Arizona keep its citizens free from harm.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444...You are so right...narcissism in action! Thanks for the read and the comments! WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      The defining point about Obama Hussein is his pictures: His head is held with an upward tilt with his chin up. He is aloof and not connected to/with the "real-world." I agree, Arizona is a litmus test...

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Chasuk...I appreciate your comments and your views are always welcome. True, the border has long been an issue. But that issue took on a very different face after the attacks of 9/11. I do fault the Obama Administration here a number of reasons: He elected to stop building the fence across the border. Under his administration, work place monitoring of illegal workers in down 74%. Though the situation with drug trafficking and drug cartels has only gotten worse in the past two years, he has provided not additional assitance, i.e. a reasonable National Guard force, to aid the states. He took ownership of this issue when he changed the policy regarding it thus it lies at his doorstep. This is certainly a far more pressing issue than healthcare, cap and trade, and various other policies which the Obama Administration elects to muscle through into law. The bottom line here is that he does not desire to secure the border which is a direct violation of his sworn oath as President. Thanks for stopping by and making comment. WB

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      Chasuk 7 years ago

      The southern border of Arizona has been insecure for a long while, but suddenly it is the fault of the Obama administration.

      This is being as a pretext to blame Obama, which is a shame when there are more pressing issues at hand.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I think Obama has violated his oath of office in many areas. He should be impeached!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Nail on the head!Ole Barney Fife would be proud of you ! NIP IT IN THE BUD. Sort out the reforms later. Get control, or they'll control. I agree with you that Obama does not appear to be concerned...and it ain't because he is preoccupied with my dear Louisiana either! He just doesn't give a rat's behind.( And to think I once thought he would do a good job in Washington.....)

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      dabeaner 7 years ago from Nibiru

      Hey Wayne

      What is needed is an organization of, or revolt by, the individual states to reclaim their independence from, or supremacy over, the Federal Government as was the case before the traitor Lincoln established the supremacy of the Federal government by force.

      Or, as some even say, as was the case before the Constitution was established.

      But that ain't gonna happen unless/until a TOTAL meltdown occurs, if even then.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Hello Wayne I wish this mess with Arizona was settled already and I wish we did have a president that cared about the citizens of this nation, I had no idea that it was so bad with Obama. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue. Cheers.