Forums / Political & Legal / Arizona is Right

3 years 48 weeks ago, 7:12 PM

samD

samD's picture

Rank:
President
Points:
15597
Join Date:
Aug 2008
Location:
Green Valley, Free State of Arizona, United States
Arizona is Right

From President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to legislators such as Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz, and members of the L.A. City Council, political opportunists are lining up against American citizens. It’s beginning to look like a conspiracy! They are using the Arizona law just signed by GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to further polarize the illegal immigration debate and cry for “reform,” that is, amnesty.

The Arizona law was immediately attacked by open-borders activists such as Grijalva, who went so far as to advocate a boycott of his own state in which he was elected to serve American citizens. Here in California the word “boycott” also is being bandied about, along with threats to tear up government contracts with Arizona. Comedian George Rodriguez is even getting into the theater act, asking for all people with the last name of Rodriguez not to go to Arizona. “That’s a few million people,” he joked. All this is getting media coverage, while the fact that 70 percent of Americans want our immigration laws enforced is all but ignored. How are so many politicians — and the stray comedian — so out of touch?

For decades, the federal government has failed to enforce existing immigration laws to the point that we now have an estimated 12 million to 30 million people living in the United States illegally. Those numbers are staggering in their implications. No other country tolerates such abuse of its borders and disrespect of its own citizenry.

Arizona finally said “enough” when it passed the legislation that will allow law enforcement officers to ask for proof of residency if individuals are suspected of being in the country illegally. This falls in line with Rasmussen Reports that found 73 percent of voters believe law enforcement officers should check immigration status during traffic stops. As well, the law will make it illegal for people to knowingly transport illegal aliens and will overturn the sanctuary policies of local governments and agencies.

Arizona has been under attack in recent years on several fronts — an unchecked increasing illegal population and crime. From 2000 to 2008, the number of illegal aliens in Arizona skyrocketed by 70 percent. The state, with a population of 6.6 million, has an estimated illegal alien population of 500,000 and a prison population that includes nearly 6,000 Mexican nationals (14 percent of the inmate population).

Then last year, Phoenix was given the dubious distinction of being the kidnap-for-ransom capital, with 370 reported kidnappings, second only to Mexico City. As a major thoroughfare for drug and human trafficking, Arizona — and Phoenix — has become a war ground for drug cartel battles. Most often the kidnappers are Mexican criminals sometimes helped by local street gangs in Phoenix, according to police.

Beyond the sheer numbers and the crime, Arizona, like other states with large numbers of illegal aliens, is dealing with the associated costs of illegal immigration. For example, in emergency rooms and public schools one in seven children is a direct or indirect product of illegal immigration.

Arizona is trying to take on what the federal government has failed to do for years – carry out its responsibilities to American citizens. Arizona is right, and the courage it is showing should motivate other states in the union. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.

Maria Fotopoulos is a senior writing fellow for the Santa Barbara-based organization, Californians for Population Stabilization, where she writes about the population-sustainability connection.

3 years 48 weeks ago, 7:41 PM

samD

samD's picture

Rank:
President
Points:
15597
Join Date:
Aug 2008
Location:
Green Valley, Free State of Arizona, United States

May 12, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Almost three-quarters of Americans support a provision of a new Arizona immigration law that requires people to produce documents verifying they are in the U.S. legally, a survey said.

About 73 percent of those polled by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People & the Press said they approve of the plan, while 23 percent said they disapproved, according to the survey released today. About 67 percent said they agree with letting police detain anyone who can’t verify their legal status, compared with 29 percent who disapproved.

When asked if police should be allowed to question anyone they think may be in the country illegally, about 62 percent said they approved and 35 percent disapproved. More than half, 59 percent, said they supported the new Arizona law as a whole, while 32 percent said they don’t support the legislation.

Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation last month that makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and requires local police to determine the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country without proper documentation. The action sparked protests and calls for boycotts of Arizona.

The law was supported by a majority of Republicans (82 percent), less than half of Democrats (45 percent) and 64 percent of independents, according to the survey. Among adults younger than 30 years old, 45 percent said they approved of the legislation, compared with 57 percent of those ages 30-49, 65 percent of those 50-64 and 74 percent of those over 65.

The survey of 994 adults was conducted by telephone from May 6 to May 9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

--Editors: Mark Schoifet, Bill Schmick

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net.

3 years 48 weeks ago, 11:06 PM

ecaman

ecaman's picture

Rank:
General
Points:
2613
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Payson, UT, United States

A. Obama's a super-liberal. He's not faking, he really believes this way. He hand picked Holder. Their mindset is not at all for the protection of the true rights of American citizens.
B. Obama got a huge percentage of the latino vote in 2008, in significant part because the Republican party was correctly perceived as being very conservative, and strongly anti illegal immigration. McCain wasn't, and isn't a strong supporter of anti illegal alien efforts, but that didn't matter. He was an old white man, running on the Republican ticket, and that was enough. The winning percentage in Obama's, and the Democrats' favor keeps increasing.
C. The President of Mexico is slated to visit Obama soon. There's lots of money and political capital to be made in deals with Mexico. There's practically no financial or political benefit to Obama or the Democrats in supporting Arizona.
D. Obama still wants to establish good relations with Venezuela, Bolivia and other central and south American countries of that ilk. If he backs the Arizona effort, that will work against him in this regard.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
3 years 48 weeks ago, 1:11 AM

greg az

greg az's picture

Rank:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Points:
5873
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
New York, NY, Tuvalu

This is just simple political mathamatics. The Democrates know the percentages stated above, they also know that the one huge, and i mean HUGE voting block (hispanics) is the only thing that can save them in Nov.. Thats exactly why there doing all the "posturing" on this. The only way to prevent a major loss is to galvanize the Hispanic vote.. The sad thing is, if they can get them out in large enough numbers.. Yep.. we got a problem..

I really wish we could see some conservative hispanics come forward on this.. We all know theres a lot of middle class (mostly vets i would imagine) Hispanics who hate those here illegally.. Look at all the Hispanic LE you see.. It's time for a conservative Hispanic to come forward like conservative blacks have..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
3 years 48 weeks ago, 2:19 AM

Lyle Hutchins 1

Lyle Hutchins 1's picture

Rank:
Lieutenant General
Points:
1261
Join Date:
Feb 2009
Location:
Cee-more, Ok., United States
Voting

The Wet Backs can't vote? Can they?
They are not Citizens,
I was listing to Savage, one evening, and he was talking about voting. He told about signs that say "Vote Aque" This was around Pres. elections time
Am I behind times? & How can they Vote?
Lyle

Lyle Hutchinson

Who's Online

Guns Lot Activity
Users
Currently Active Users: 742 (0 members and 742 guests)

Guns Lot Statistics
Stats Topics: 8,621, Comments: 160,556, Members: 23,520
Welcome our newest member: Hank6046

Recent Activity