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April 27, 2010

Unwarranted hysterics by the open-border crowd

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries

So, the open-border, pro-immigration, pro-amnesty, pro-illegal alien, crazies, along with President Obama - who calls it "misguided (while seizing upon the opportunity to plug for Latino votes ) ," and the ever-present race-baiter Al Sharpton, all have their panties in a bunch over the new Arizona immigration law.

But why all the hysterics?

What the open-border crazies, President Obama, Al Sharpton, and their ilk choose to ignore is the fact that Arizona is only seeking to enforce the nominal immigration policy of the United States, and is only acting to enforce that which the federal government has utterly failed to do.

After all, as Rich Lowry points out ober at NRO, the Arizona law makes it a state crime for aliens not to have immigration documents on their person - and that's been a federal crime for more than half a century.

U.S.C. 1304(e) states:

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 and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.
As Lowry also points out, the police already have the power to stop illegal aliens:
... a power the Arizona courts have upheld; they already can ask about someone's legal status (the U.S. Supreme Court noted in 2005 that it has "held repeatedly that mere police questioning does not constitute a seizure" under the Fourth Amendment); and they already can detain illegal aliens. The Arizona law strengthens these existing authorities.
And as James R. Edwards, Jr. writes at Human Events, the measure promotes attrition through enforcement, the most reasonable, rational strategy on the enforcement side of the immigration equation. (Emphasis added):
Arizona's new law addresses the consequences of illegal immigration that fall upon the state and its localities, just as its E-Verify law goes after the "jobs magnet" from the state side. Arizona is solidly within its police powers to write this kind of legislation that's complementary to federal immigration-related statutes.
In other words, there's no real logic behind the hysterics, it's nothing more than misplaced anger and political grandstanding over a law that does nothing more than crack down on lawbreakers. As an op-ed in The Augusta Chronicle aptly suggests, it's all very absurd. How is it that in 21st-century America - if we want borders secured and laws respected, we're all racists:
... Millions of Americans around the country made it clear several years ago, when Congress was barreling toward granting illegal immigrants amnesty, that we want our borders and laws respected. That's all this law seeks as well.

... Folks on the left need to get ahold of themselves, calm down and act civilly and rationally. Let's see how the law works before we decide Arizona acted stupidly. (Emphasis added)

Therein lies the problem. Acting civilly and rationally is not the Left's strong suit. Hysterics and obeying laws - or laws that crack down on those that break the law, is the only way the Left knows how to react. But let's remember that however loud and vocal they may be, the Left is a minority in the U.S (only 20% consider themselves liberal). There's no reason to let them drive the debate. Instead, it's time to ignore the hysterics of the Left, enact the will of the American people - and especially the will of the Arizonans, and stop the Mexican invasion of the U.S.

Posted by Abdul at April 27, 2010 10:10 AM

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