Arizona is Fine—What’s the Matter With the Rest of You?

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed the now infamous immigration law S.B. 1070, liberals and race baiters sprang to their feet in feigned outrage. SNL, Jon Stewart, CNN and every liberal politician to the man, decried the “Nazi-like” aspects of the new law, which they claimed would lead to racial profiling and Third Reich-style requirements for ethnic minorities to carry their papers and produce them on demand. News outlets and dilettantes on the left all began to ask the tongue in cheek question: What’s the matter with Arizona?

When the Phoenix Suns changed their uniforms this week they did so to pander to Phoenix’s largely Latino population. The MLB’s threat to boycott Arizona over their immigration law is all about the bottom line–many Major League Stars are from Central America or are Latino–what is the excuse for the American Left?

Ivory tower leftists across the country immediately joined in unison to decry the bigoted law, celebrities sciolistically spoke out in opposition against the knuckle-draggers in the Copper State, San Francisco and other moonbattish municipalities threatened to boycott Arizona, the Phoenix Suns issued solidarity uniforms in support of illegal Latinos and Major League Baseball’s Bud Selig began considering canceling the 2010 All-Star game, which is to be held in Phoenix. But the real reason for the political reaction to the new law? The sagging poll numbers of Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats, of course. Cue pragmatic scheming and populist demagoguery from the usual characters–Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Keith Olbermann, and CNN/MSNBC, ABC, etc.

If current trends continue as they have for liberals in Congress, the 2010 mid-term elections stand to be a historic drubbing for Democrats, and November will see Democrats lose not just one, but both houses of Congress. What is really at stake, is a demoralized and disengaged liberal base and an invigorated grassroots movement of tea-drinkers which is raising money for conservative candidates and has designs on storming the polls in six short months. If Democrats can manage to muster a populist backlash against a non-issue that is perceived as rampant discrimination and bigotry, they can apply a tourniquet of sorts to their bloody stumps in the Senate and House. It’s what we in the political business call a “wedge-issue.”

And make no mistake, S.B. 1070 is a non-issue at worst, and a solid, necessary piece of legislation at best. Faced with a Federal government which has failed for over twenty years to enforce its own immigration laws at the expense of states like Arizona and California, where billions of dollars annually hemorrhage from local budgets and an ever expanding drug war threatens to engulf border states, who can blame Arizona? All the while, the over twelve million illegal immigrants flooding over the border into the U.S. and refusing to assimilate has increasingly balkanized the Southwest.

Yes, yes human beings can be ‘illegal.’ Like, when they do illegal things. Leftists don’t see the problem posed by illegal immigrants who refuse assimilation, creating hundreds of billions of dollars in costs for tax payers and shifting entire Congressional districts’ seat apportionment.  The essential problem is that liberals have a tendency to disregard the Rule of Law in implementing their preferred policies. Want more immigrants? Change the law. Don’t ignore it.

As just a small proof, just this week students were punished at their school in Live Oak, California for wearing t-shirts emblazoned with American flags, which offended the heavily Mexican student body, one of which was quoted as saying “they can be a patriot on some other day. Not [on Cinco de Mayo].” Also on Cinco de Mayo, a veteran named Jim Brossert (who may be charged) in Reno Nevada marched to a Hispanic-owned store and cut down a Mexican flag, which was being flown illegally positioned above an American flag. Not that the liberal immigration ‘reform’ crowd cares so much about legalities on Cinco de Mayo (which, interestingly, is pretty much an American-only holiday, virtually ignored by Mexicans in Mexico and promoted here in the U.S. by, no surprise, American corporations trying to hauck Coronas). Then of course, there are the riots and rallies by groups like La Raza, which openly advocate turning portions of America over to Mexico.

The Arizona law is nothing more than a reinforcement (if you can call it that) of existing Federal laws enacted by F.D.R. (that weren’t being enforced, oddly enough). An extension of the Federal law to the state, really. The Federal law, passed in 1940, states in 8 USC 1304(e) that:

“Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”

The idea that the Arizona Immigration law is in any way draconian or cruel and unusual, therefore, is preposterous. Aliens were already required, as is the case in all other foreign countries, to carry their documentation. The Federal government was simply not doing its job, and Arizona decided to take matters into its own hands.

Of course, the main problem sprinkles have with the S.B. 1070 is that the bill empowers local law enforcement to ask for proof of citizenship—“SHOW ME YO’ PAPAHS!”… And, encourages racial profiling. They are way off base, as usual, as the law’s opponents fail to—Well, I’ll just let the law speak for itself:

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON, EXCEPT IF THE DETERMINATION MAY HINDER OR OBSTRUCT AN INVESTIGATION.

Reasonable suspicion? Why, that sounds a lot like the grounds necessary for law enforcement officials to search cars or persons for drugs, open containers, missing persons, or any variety of other illegal property.

The law goes on to dictate exactly just what can be used to determine the citizenship status of the person(s) in question:

THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c). A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL…OF THIS STATE MAY NOT SOLELY CONSIDER RACE, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBSECTION EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ARIZONA CONSTITUTION.

Interestingly, that sounds a lot like the law is strictly prohibiting racial profiling (never mind whether the tactic is effective)! The law allows for the following proofs of citizenship or legal residency:


1. A VALID ARIZONA DRIVER LICENSE.
2. A VALID ARIZONA NONOPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE.
3. A VALID TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CARD OR OTHER FORM OF TRIBAL IDENTIFICATION.
4. ….ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION.

Mein Fuhrer demands that anyone of mocha colored skin must SHOW ME ZA’ PAPAHS or face immediate deportation! Perhaps some small yellow sombreros can be patched into the clothes of legal Latinos! Heil!

A driver’s license? The horrors! That is just like Germany circa 1939. How dare any government agent demand documents from someone stopped during lawful contact—like… when you are asked to provide a driver’s license, proof of insurance, or a title when you are stopped for speeding, visit the D.M.V., get into an accident, get a job, get married, or apply for a library card… All regardless of your race!

In December my car was rear-ended while parked outside of my home by a car speeding at 40-50 mph in a 30 mph zone, during what amounts to a blizzard in East Tennessee. I rushed outside to see if anyone might be injured given the speed of the crash, only to find the offending vehicle’s airbag deployed, still in drive, embedded in the rear of my brand new car—and the driver was nowhere to be found. Bewildered, I called the police. Thirty minutes later, Angelo Ortiz returned to the scene, with translators, since he didn’t know any English. Ortiz had no valid driver’s license, insurance, or an address that he could recall. His title, which I had examined while he was AWOL, was registered to a guy named Brandon, who I am sure was fictitious or a front. Angelo was clearly an illegal, and under Arizona law, police would be empowered given this reasonable cause to determine Angelo’s immigration status and to enforce Federal immigration laws—instead Angelo didn’t have to pay a dime, and got to continue driving recklessly in his undocumented state.

The feigned outrage over the new immigration bill is less about civil rights and more about misrepresenting the bill in order to fire up the populist base and perhaps even designed to fuel a national amnesty bill for the twelve million lawless potential voters for Democrats. The populist base gets all wee wee’d up when they see ‘outrageous’ headlines like CNN’s: “AZ Immigration law makes it illegal to be in the country illegally.” Really? It is illegal to be an illegal alien? Sadly, many on the left hold just this view. Mike Bloomberg is a great example of this nonsense, as he and other liberals are in favor of “normalizing the status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants.” Law-abiding illegals? Isn’t that like calling someone a law-abiding drunk driver or a monogamous adulterer?

Immigration is a glorious thing and is the cornerstone of the American success story. America has taken not the best of every country around the world, but the tired, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Not the upper class, but the very lowest of the oppressed people of the world have come to America—and then proceeded to use their new freedom to build the wealthiest nation in the history of earth.  All other great empires have been built on that backs of slavery, conquest and colonialism.  America’s success story starts with all of those things, but it was America’s freedoms that made it the great nation that it is.  I love talking to immigrants who come to the U.S. and have embraced what America is about, and love their new country. After all, immigration is one of the things America is all about—but America is also all about the Rule of Law—and people who come here to break those laws, or come here by breaking them, can go right back to where they came from.

The question with the new Arizona Immigration law is not “what is wrong with Arizona?” The real question is what the heck is wrong with the rest of you liberals?

David Teesdale, absolutely loves demolishing liberal shibboleths.  Look it up, it works.  If you would care to comment, encourage, or point out where I’ve gone astray, feel free.

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9 Responses to Arizona is Fine—What’s the Matter With the Rest of You?

  1. J.A. says:

    First of all, to all the people across the country whining and complaining, unless you live here, you have NO idea what you are talking about. No one admits it for fear of being labeled a racist, but all the WORST parts of town are HISPANIC. You know why? They come from their country, and transplant their whole culture to areas here! The crime ridden, decrepit ways of life they lead in Mexico are brought to this state and everyone else suffers. Except they get all the benefits: WAY more money, freedom, no taxes, and guess what? If they feel like committing a crime, they can do so without a second thought because they can just go back to Mexico and disappear with zero repercussion.

    How many of these losers who spend all day stomping around protesting at the capitol do you think actually read the entire bill? None. You know why? It’s easier to pick and choose what you want to hear just for an excuse to protest it. If the DID read it, they would have NOTHING to protest.

    It’s very, very, simple. If you are a legal citizen, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT OR PROTEST. If a cop stops you for anything, you just have to show a valid I.D., JUST LIKE YOU NEED TO NOW! And if you ARE here illegally, then you should worry. BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL! If you entered North Korea illegally, you get twelve years hard labor, in China, you’d never be heard from again, Cuba you would be thrown in prison for life, even England would fine you ten grand and deport you. Here? You get to have a job, a life, freedom, and for some reason the right to protest laws that you are breaking? Makes me sick to my stomach.

    There are SO many avenues in which a person can take to become a legal citizen it is sickening. Do you know why they don’t do it? They are dumb, lazy, leaching scum bags. What’s more, we not only have to put up with it, we have to cater to them. Can’t speak spanish? Sorry, we only hire bilingual people. Here illegally? No problem, have some kids who don’t speak english, send them to public school and make the other kids and teachers learn spanish. It’s okay. We won’t say anything, because that would be racist.

    I’ll make this part short: To the scum who have the nerve to throw around terms like “Nazi Germany”, you should be deported just on principle, regardless of your status.

    On a lesser note, that total loser owner of the Suns, Robert Sarver, is a Grade-A Douche Bag. He is a yuppie with too much money, using it to get his opinion out that no one asked for in the first place. Jerry Colangelo, Chairman, creator, and first owner of the Suns, was asked about the move, and this is what he said: “No comment.” Which is EXACTLY how it should be. No one cares what any athlete, celebrity, or super-rich jerk thinks, and more importantly, no on asked.

    Think I’m racist? Come live where I live for a few years, then tell me I’m racist.

  2. Benito says:

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

    • ubii2001 says:

      It is very easy to get all dandered up about straw man civil rights issues. There is absolutely nothing racist about demanding that immigrants do so legally.

  3. J.A. says:

    I also hope every anti – 1070 activist stops and examines their conscience and thinks about what they are protesting: They are FOR people breaking the law.

    Comparing this to the struggle of blacks in the 50′s and 60′s is ridiculous. Those were legal citizens fighting for basic equal rights. This is about Mexicans fighting so they can keep breaking the law with no repercussions. There is no comparison.

  4. Cindy says:

    Great points! I will be checking back here often!

  5. Jainira says:

    There is something WRONG with this article because many major league stars who are Hispanic are from DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, VENEZUELA FOLLOWED BY MEXICO AND PUERTO RICO WHICH ARE NOT IN CENTRAL AMERICA.

    “many Major League Stars are from Central America-”

    ^^^ WRONG

  6. Chris says:

    Here’s my take, and I think it’s a simple analogy. If I were to trespass onto my neighbor’s property without his permission and without his consent, despite being told not to enter the property, I would be committing a misdemeanor and my neighbor would have every right to have me thrown in jail. That’s the fate that I would face as an American citizen if I were guilty of trespassing. These illegal immigrants are doing just that, but instead of trespassing onto a mere subdivision parcel of land, they’re trespassing into an entire friggin’ country. Yet they deserve special protection? Special treatment? We must provide them with education and medical treatment free of charge?

    Nonsense. If I want to even step foot out of this country I am forced to get a passport. Why is this necessary if Mexicans and other nationalities have a so-called “right” to cross over illegally and stay a while?

    We who favor legal immigration and regulated traffic across the international border simply ask that the foreigners abide by the same laws that we must abide by as U.S. citizens. There’s nothing immoral or indecent about laws being applied equally to everyone.

    By the way, I’ve heard what Mexico’s policies are on immigration into their country and they are far more damning than our own.

  7. Anyone who thinks this law is either: (a) unconstitutional or (b) reminiscent of tactics used in Nazi Germany, understands neither the Constitution nor the history of Nazi Germany.

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