Arizona’s Immigration Law
In an article on NCSL.org, “Analysis of Arizona’s
Immigration Law”, Arizona’s tough laws are spelled out and defined as a
protection of the American Boarder and its citizens, via Arizona. In 2010,
Arizona enacted laws on immigration in the form of a “Support Our Law
Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (Morse, 2010). SB 1070 and HB 2162 in
essence states; all citizens must carry identification proving U.S citizenship,
anyone arrested must be confirmed legal before their release, a person can be
penalized for not willfully “applying for registration and to be fingerprinted”
(Morse, 2010); In addition too; tough laws on smuggling, transporting, and
employees’ who hire illegal immigrants. Whether you agree or disagree with
Arizona, it must be admitted that the American Boarder should be protected, and
illegal immigration kept under control. The security of America depends on it
Similarly, in an article by ABC News, it state’s
Arizona’s immigration laws are the toughest in the nation; bringing both
arguments to the table, for and against. Sen. Russell Pearce takes a stand
saying, “When you come to America you must have a permission slip, period”, going
on to state, “You can’t break into my country, just like you can’t break into
my house” (ABC, 2011). Where on the opposite spectrum, Jennifer Allen, director
of BAN (Border Action Network) suggests, “…reasonable suspicion is so broad and
the law provides no definition and no training for law enforcement on how to
identify someone…it essentially mandates racial profiling” (ABC, 2011). This
article leaves little doubt that America is in deep debate on how to control
our boarders; which in this writer’s eyes is better than not talking about it
That being said, as far as this American is concerned
there are at least three reasons why that Arizona’s law is appropriate; and,
before you start labeling me as a racist let me explain my reasoning. First,
and foremost, I do not care what color you may be, what sexual orientation you
claim, or what God you serve, if you are not in America legally then you must
go, now! We have enough criminals in this country; if you are here illegally
(hence illegal immigrant),
then you are a criminal. America has to protect itself against outside threats;
if these ‘illegal’s’ did not have some sort of shady business here, they would
be legal. I believe that if a person breaks one law, the risk for other
offences is undeniable.
Secondly, the state of Arizona and its citizens feel the
government has not done enough to protect them from illegal aliens crossing the
border, furthermore, nor do I. There are millions of illegal aliens in America,
and this problem is not new; the government has had ample opportunity to do
their job and tighten border security, and they have not done so. Arizona
should stand as an example to other states; when the government refuses to
take part in the solution, they are cut out of the equation. As a matter of
fact, this logic should be applied to all American issues; we need to show the
government that with or without them our will, will be done.
Last, but, not least; this writer is not the kind to
speak without knowing the facts, so, I read through the Bill on http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf,
Arizona’s legislative link. Using critical thinking skills, I read it carefully
so to detect any flaws in the wording, loop holes if you will. In every word of
every line, it was written to specifically refute any interpretations that
might lead to abuse (everything has the potential for abuse) by stipulating
that race, color, or national origin may be a sole reason for making a traffic
stop or inquiry (Arizona State, 2011). This does not however, mean that abuse
of power and laws will not happen, just that it is as unlawful as the illegal
immigrants’ offense; additionally, every law, bill, or power can, and will be
abuse, that does not make it a bad policy.
In conclusion, Americans’ must protect its borders from
outside threats; if the government refuses to be a part of the solution, than
they must be cut from the equation. Some people view Arizona’s law as racist,
but, it does not matter what color or race they are, if indeed they are here
illegally, then they must leave immediately. 9/11 proved to Americans that we
are within the reach of terrorists and drug lords’, we no longer feel
untouchable or safe; someone has to protect America, and it is looking like
Arizona has taken the responsibility in tow. Finally, if we do not protect and
secure American borders, 9/11 will repeat itself.
ABC. (2011, May 1).
Arizona law promises to be ‘toughest’ on illegal immigration. ABC News.
Arizona. (2011, May 1).
Immigration law. Arizona legislature.
Morse, A. (2010,
November 10). Analysis of Arizona’s immigration law. Ncsl.org.