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The new law in Arizona making it a State crime to be illegal will allow police officers to stop anyone that they "suspect" to be an illegal immigrant is wrong.

This is the Federal Government's responsibility, not the states.

 

Let's use some common sense here. A police officer in Arizona knows that most illegal immigrants there are of Mexican origin. Also, most illegal Mexicans have tan skin and dark hair. This means that most of the people that will be targeted will be all of those that are Hispanic or Hispanic looking. Hispanic looking can mean people of Italian, Portugese, Indian, and Native American heritige too. This can quickly degenerate into a White vs Brown situation. So, police officers will start asking for official papers to verify someone's legal status. We, as Americans don't have a National ID card. What about all American Citizens who don't have a passport? Most American citizens don't walk around with a passport in their pocket. This is a complete unAmerican overreach on the part of the state.

 

The Obama Administration should file a legal challenge to this law immediately. They should also get the ball rolling on the Immigration Reform debate. Besides the State politicians in the state of Arizona, I also blame the Federal Government with this crisis. If the Feds would have done their jobs better, we wouldn't be in this mess. The Federal Government has not controlled the border, allowing for criminals in the drug smuggling, human trafficing and prostitution trade to increase their activities. Not to mention the potential for terrorists to come in and do us harm.

 

We need politicians to show some bravery and start debating Immigration Reform. This means discussing issues of amnesty, temporary or permanent work programs, fines, better control of all borders, not simply the southern one, etc..

 

We need to fight this law in the courts. Demonstrations are fine, but they need to stay peaceful. We as Hispanics need to educate ourselves with all political and economic issues in our country.  Read about all issues, register to vote and vote. If you can become a Citizen, do it. The time has come for all Hispanics to become engaged in this country's issues, not just immigration. It's our country too......

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I disagree. At least Arizona's governmental leadership has some guts to do something about illegal immgrants. Meanwhile all other states, specifically California, are too busy trying to be politically correct. Obama is too busy trying to be the world's friend. Why do we not just follow what the law says. Illegal immigration is just that - illegal.

I do not think the passing of the law is racism related. You made a good point about most illegal immigrants in Arizona being of Mexican origin. If this is a known fact, then start with the group that holds the highest amount of illegal immigrants. Also, white vs. brown? Are you now profiling?

"If the Feds would have done their jobs better, we wouldn't be in this mess. The Federal Government has not controlled the border, allowing for criminals in the drug smuggling, human trafficing and prostitution trade to increase their activities. Not to mention the potential for terrorists to come in and do us harm."
BINGO! Let's concentrate on the root cause. Our protests should be demanding that our govenment clean up its act in regards to illegal immigration laws. Let's push for simpler and concrete laws. Let's push towards needed change.
JP: I like your honesty. I too think our president wants the world to be our friend, it won't work.

I think we can both agree that the root cause of all this is the Federal Government's lack of controlling the border. But having said that, we have anywhere from 9 to 15 million people here illegally. Now what? To round up all illegals is a little too simplistic in my view. What about all the children of illegals that have been born over here? They are US Citizens. So we can deport their illegal parents, or do we allow one to stay? If not, then who will raise them? What about children that were brought over illegally but now are in their teens? What about someone that has been here for over 10 years and has never been convicted of anything? I know that no politician will say "give them all amnesty" but I think a limited amount of amnesty will be needed.

I'm all for controlling the borders, adding manpower, equipment, etc and fining companies that hire illegals, deporting all convicts, criminals, narcos, smugglers, etc. But I don't think that it will be possible to deport them all. Again, IF a limited anmesty is granted, they will need to pay fines, learn English, register with the IRS so that they can pay taxes, etc. Then, apply for residency but their applications should be pushed backwards, not to be given preference in front of those that apply legally every year. What about a limited job program? The US and Mexico had one during WW II, the Bracero Program. It was mainly for agricultural help due to the manpower shortage, and it was temporary.. The solutions should be more complex than "amnesty for all" or "deport them all."

My main problem with the Arizona law is that they are trying to take over a Federal responsibility. I understand the frustration with the lack of help from the Feds, but if this spreads to other states, will we have to walk around with our passports? Do you think the politicians will have the guts to make the tough decisions for this huge problem? I hate to say it but I think "NO". If people want to peacefully demonstrate or boycott, that's fine, but people like Rev Sharpton will not help the situation. I hope that cooler heads will prevail, but I really think that this situation has a real chance of getting worse.

Even if the president takes up the banner of "Immigration Reform" I'm afraid he would tilt too strongly towards a "amnesty for all" and makes things worse!
Armando,

Now we are thinking alike. The root cause is the FEDs not doing the job they are designated to do. Controlling immigration at the boder is where the FEDs have failed. Maybe if the "War on Terror" could have been more focused on controlling illegal immigration at our borders, we would have progressed much further.

Focusing on the "amnesty" issue does bring to light a grander problem indeed. I sure like your ideas and tend to wonder why our government does not use common sense such as yours? Maybe the FED has some sort of well designed plan but, as usual, they are sitting around waiting for someone else to implement it. Thus, it has come down to states taking the iniative to implement their own laws. Shame, shame, shame on the FED.

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