“If individuals enter into a state of society, the laws of that society must be the supreme regulator of their conduct. If a number of political societies enter into a larger political society, the laws which the latter may enact, pursuant to the powers entrusted to it by its constitution, must necessarily be supreme over those societies, and the individuals of whom they are composed, it would otherwise be a mere treaty, dependent on the good faith of the parties, and not a government.” Alexander Hamilton, from The Federalist Papers #33
On Friday, April 23rd, Arizona enacted the toughest immigration reform bill in the country and set off a firestorm. Under SB 1070 (which I have read), it is now a state crime (as well as a federal crime) for the harboring or hiring of illegal immigrants, it requires verification of legal status before receiving public benefits, and allows the police to request for proof of legal residency (like a Driver’s license or green card) if there is a reasonable suspicion of a crime. Basically they made it a state crime to commit a federal crime. I fail to see a problem with this.
As someone who lived in Arizona for16 years, I have first hand experience of the economic drain that illegal immigration has on resources for that border state. More drugs, higher crime rates, higher taxes, higher insurance rates, lower wages and longer wait times in hospital emergency rooms were only a few of the problems I encountered while living there. Unfortunately, it has gotten much worse since I left there 4 years ago (my family is still there). There is more violence at the border, Americans are being shot and killed, and Phoenix has become the kidnapping and identity theft capital of the country. The Arizona state government just could not sit by any longer and watch the legal citizens of its state be terrorized, social services sucked dry, and jobs stolen by those who are in this country illegally. In desperation they decided to do the job our federal government has been unwilling to do.
While I am sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants, and their desire for something better for their families, they still need to follow the law, as all other immigrants before them have done. We should not feel a special sympathy for them at the expense of legal immigrants or even our own poor citizens. They are here illegally and have no right to demand special treatment. Only those that work hard, learn English, follow the rules and are willing to contribute to the greatness of America by being self-reliant and successful should be awarded with the treasure that is American citizenship. Otherwise, those that are here illegally will never appreciate how great it is to be an American, because it would have been bought too cheaply. They will only know either the crumbs that an unscrupulous employer would wish to give them under the table, or the shame in the knowledge that anything they do get (either from the government or their own hands) via a stolen identity is never truly theirs. This is why you see foreign flags at these immigration protests – they feel no loyalty to America. We are only a tool to be used to send money back to their home country, either from their own illegal labor or the legal labor of another (i.e. welfare). Why should America bear any loyalty to those who have made it quite clear by their actions that they do not return the sentiment?
As the great-granddaughter of a legal immigrant, I am proud that our country is a melting pot. I love seeing every country in the world represented here. I support LEGAL immigration, because those that come here legally work hard for it and therefore do not take their citizenship for granted. This gratitude for the blessings of freedom that America has given to those that have come here legally is what fosters that feeling of unity among us; both natural-born and naturalized American citizens love this county because we all share in the same freedoms and sacrifices. Yet illegal immigration undermines this unity by creating underground communities, which in turn foster lower wages, higher crime, less freedoms and a separatist mentality both in language and behavior. This is why I do not support those that usurp our laws or our sovereignty, and then have the audacity to march in protest demanding that we adapt to them. I do not support those that want to jump ahead of the line by illegal means, while those following the rules are waiting patiently. I do not support those that try to game the system with multiple names, addresses, and social security numbers in order to get more welfare checks, more food stamps or free education, to the detriment of our own citizens who actually need this help. I do not support those that are willing to steal another’s prosperity or good name in order to live in this country illegally. I do not support amnesty because I do not believe in rewarding bad behavior. I do not support those leeches described above because leeches contribute nothing back to their host – their desire is only to be fed.
So instead of sanctimoniously wagging its finger at Arizona for having the “misguidance” of protecting its own citizens and future prosperity (not to mention upholding federal law), perhaps the federal government should fulfill one of the duties that are actually outlined in the Constitution: protecting our borders. Maybe if they did their job in the first place Arizona would not have been forced to do it for them. This is not about the civil rights of foreigners who have forced themselves upon our soil– this is about the rule of law and the security of our nation and its people.
Whose country is this anyway?
“Among the number of applications…, cannot we find an American capable and worthy of the trust? …Why should we take the bread out of the mouths of our own children and give it to strangers?” John Adams, (Letter to Sec. State John Marshall, Aug. 14, 1800)