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Arizona Has Stirred The Pot
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has stirred the pot with her new Arizona immigration law recently passed. Very quickly this has turned into a very hot button topic. My suspicion is that as we draw nearer the mid-term elections, it's going to get even hotter.
The fact is that there is a lot of dissent from none other than the Congress and the Senate. And the president isn't a big fan of the Arizon immigration law either. Already, certain groups have begun to initiate lawsuits, and in some areas of California some politcians are calling on their citizens to even boycott Arizona because of the law.
However, if you took a poll today, it would be clear as the sky is blue that the majority of Americans are in support of the Arizona law. In fact, several other states in the union are now even considering signing similar bills into law in their own states.
And it makes sense.
By the way, I think it is important to point out as I did in my earlier hub, "ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW IS SPOT ON," that the new law does not really change anything. What it does do is simply creates an apparatus for enforcing existing immigration law, and specifically, enforcing Arizona immigration laws which have been on the books since 2007.
On Facebook, someone in a discussion on the immigration law commented that he thought the bill was unconstitutional based on the fact that the law provides that suspected aliens must produce documents to prove their citizenship. "(The bill) clouded the issue by putting in the 'papers please!' clauses that is reminiscent of the Holocaust."
The Holocaust? Really?
This is not about American citizens having to prove they are among the master race. This is not about racism. This is not about genocide. This is not about cleansing. We're not going to send anyone into a gas chamber, we're simply going to ask them who they are after they have already been arrested for breaking another law. If it is found that they are not legal, they will serve their time and then be sent home.
In all fairness, the commenter did say, "I normally hate using that analogy but I don't know what else to compare it to." But here was the part that got me fired up when he said, "Requiring legal immigrants or just citizens of Hispanic heritage to carry around documents to prove they're here legally is ridiculous and unconstitutional."
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Unconstitutional? Really, what planet are you on?
First, if you are not a citizen of this country you are not bound by the Constitution. Even if you are a citizen, being able to produce proof you are who you say you are, and are where you belong is not unconstitutional by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. And again, this law provides for people already in police custody for other crimes. Nobody is going to pull Mexican looking people off the streets and force them to produce documents. That's not what the bill is designed to do.
And what of proof? What of carrying documents to prove all sorts of things in this country? Is that, too, unconstitutional?
If I want to drive my car down the street I have to carry my driver's license to prove that I have the right to drive. If I want to practice medicine I must have a degree on my wall in my office, and a license issued by the state to prove that I have the right to be a doctor. If I run a business, I have to display documents to prove I am licensed to run a business, and I have to prove that I am in compliance with other certain ordinances and laws, such as in the restaurant business having to have health department documents clearly displayed.
Many times in the real world government officials show up and ask for proof. Go to a construction site some time. You have to have permits to carry on with the project. And if a building inspector shows up, you better have the permit with you. And if you've got electricians on scene, or plumbers, they'll have to potentially produce licenses or other certifications.
It's a very simple question with a very simple answer. Are you here legally? Yes, or no?
Why is it not unethical to ask someone a question like that? Why is it not unconstitutional? Because people really are jumping the border, it really does pose risks to the safety of every American, and it really does cost taxpayers enormous amounts of money, and because the problem is rampant and epidemic right now.
As for the lawmakers? Let me make this loud and clear. If you are against the Arizona immigration law, republican or democrat or tea party or whoever, I will not vote for you. Period.