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Learning from Arizona

People have been asking me, since it was signed, what I thought about Arizona’s new immigration laws.

On the surface, illegal immigration isn’t that much of a problem here in Virginia; I say that to say we don’t have to worry much about people swimming across the Atlantic or sneaking across our southern border to get here. That said, it’s definitely a national problem…as, somehow or another, we all end up paying for it.

Arizona’s law is strict, and it should be. People who are in this country illegally are criminals; that’s what you become when you do something, well, illegal. I haven’t read through all of it, but what I have read tells me that a person who is suspected of being here illegally can only have his citizenship checked if he is being detained for another suspected violation of the law. That doesn’t amount to profiling; that amounts to good law enforcement. Isn’t the expectation of our police organizations that if they suspect a crime is being committed, they investigate it?

The real problem here, I think, isn’t just the illegals. It’s the failure of Washington to truly-and decisively-deal with the immigration problem. And I can’t say their reasons for not doing so are anything more than political. Hispanics are one of the country’s largest minorities, and that makes for a lot of prospective voters.  Problem is, though, not all illegals in the country are Hispanic. Yet, in a rush not to offend a particular voting block, our leaders in Washington-and that’s both sides-continue to let their congressionally mandated role-providing for the common defense-go unfulfilled.

So what do we do? Here’s my take:

1. Repeal-or modernize-the Posse Comitatus Act, and put a military presence on the border. Any other country in the world, if there were dealing with an illegal immigrant problem the size of ours, would probably have placed mines at their border by now. I’m not advocating that we go that far, but it’s time to let the group that’s supposed to defend our country defend it. The Posse Comitatus Act was written in the Reconstruction era as a political compromise for the former Confederate states. While it hasn’t outlived its usefulness, times have definitely changed. There’s a combatant command under DoD-Northern Command-specifically tasked with security of the homeland. They need to be allowed to do their jobs.

2. Make the option of being in the country illegally as unattractive as possible. Arizona’s law is a good start, but there’s more that could be done. Many illegals come here for jobs that allow them to send money back to their families in other countries, often through wire services (which don’t require identification to send money, but do to receive it). A tax could be placed on all wire transfers originating here and heading overseas, with exemptions for business transactions and families sending money to students and service members overseas. Another option-though considerably more extreme-would be a constitutional amendment that removes the right of American citizenship for children whose parents-father, mother, or both-are here illegally.

We’ve got to get serious about illegal immigration and border security, regardless of how politically unpopular it may be. Arizona’s taking the steps that the federal government should’ve taken a long time ago. Instead of criticizing them, they should be taking notes.

HB2DF, Coby


Written by Coby Dillard

April 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

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  1. Incorrect. The law explicitly allows–even legally requires, with a threat of community lawsuit for police non-compliance (which may be another first)–law enforcement to stop and demand papers (Note: Arizona is also working on “enhanced drivers licenses” which would be analogous to passports) from anyone deemed to be of “reasonably suspicion” of being an illegal immigrant.

    Again, to restate, contrary to what you’ve posted above–“a person who is suspected of being here illegally can only have his citizenship checked if he is being detained for another suspected violation of the law”–anyone who seems suspicious can be detained. I’d love to debate with you about immigration policy, but you should probably correct your statement first.
    While normally not the most authoritative source, this is exactly what Russell Pearce, the bill’s sponsor, declares is the case. He’s proud of it, in fact.

    Wanna talk about racism? The law is expressly targeted at Mexican immigrants–ergo, anyone of Hispanic descent is “reasonably suspicious.” I thought the Tea Party stood for liberty, not targeted “papers, please” fascism?


    April 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

  2. I think we need more african americans speaking out against open borders. It’s hurting opportunities for our community, driving down wages, increasing unemployment and other social problems. Bobby Scott is an open border liberal. If he were a congressman from a California district, he would let us become overrun with illegal aliens just like Maxine Water has. Although I live in the 1st Congressional district in VA, African americans need to get rid of Bobby Scott. We need elected officials who are committed to defending our borders and protect our communities from unfair economic competition. Anyone from Northern Virginia has seen this illegal alien problem. People down in Richmond and Hampton Roads need to wise up to it.

    Brotha from F-Burg, VA

    May 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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