My Take On Arizona’s Immigration Law

Various states, the federal government, and numerous Presidents’ have all decried the current state of illegal immigration that rules our southern border.  Seems nothing ever gets done about it though, except a lot of talk, because our lawmakers seek out Latino votes to win elections.  What lawmaker will purposely knife themselves in the back by putting the effort into passing a truly workable illegal immigration bill?  All lawmakers have had to do thus far is give a few nice speeches, to keep their base happy, until after the election is over.  They then drop the issue of illegal immigration like a hot potato in favor of more popular issues.

After years upon years of illegal immigrants invading their state Arizona has finally passed an illegal immigration bill for their own state and the rest of the country is having a hissy fit.  I don’t live in Arizona, it’s just much too hot for me, but I agree 110% with what they have done with this new law. Arizona Enacts Stringent Law on Immigration because it all comes down to one main issue, states most affected by illegal immigration are tired of waiting for the federal government to do what should have been done long ago.  Instead Congress has returned home telling constituents that we’re working on it, just hang in their because we will get this done eventually, or we just want to get it done right the first time.  If that doesn’t placate people in their states and districts the US Congress will fall back on the one sure thing to refocus people’s attention, and that is to blame the lack of an illegal immigration bill on the opposing party.  Few states, if any at all, have thought to do what Arizona has done in a short time that is to force Congress to deal with the illegal immigration issue.

Representative Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, was on MSNBC revealing that a New Immigration Bill Is Introduced in House.  The pressing desire for “comprehensive immigration reform” — as it is known by supporters — was made clear in the acronym of Mr. Gutierrez’s bill: “C.I.R. A.S.A.P.”.  Representative Gutierrez claimed that under his bill, illegal immigrants already here would have to demonstrate they had been working regularly, pay a $500 fine (which I think is much too low), learn English and undergo a criminal background check, among other provisions. Unlike previous proposals in Congress, they would not have to return to their homeland first, something known as “touchback.”.

All this is in stark contrast to what illegal immigrants face when traveling through Mexico to reach the United States.  Amnesty complains about Mexican immigration laws because the group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes illegal aliens in that state.  Rupert Knox, Amnesty’s Mexico researcher, said in the report that the failure by authorities to tackle abuses against migrants has made their trip through Mexico one of the most dangerous in the world.  Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Mexico allows these abuses to continue in their country and yet complains about one state passing a law that might just get the feds busy passing an immigration law for all our borders?

The Mexican government passed Mexican Visas and Immigration Laws

In the end, the open trade of NAFTA should follow Mexico’s example and use their “Mexican Visas and Immigration Laws” to design our own immigration laws.  If, and when, Mexico chooses to change their own immigration laws we can then decide if revisiting our own immigration laws is in our best interest or not.



Posted on May 5, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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