A conversation between Barack Obama, president of the United States, and Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, might go like this....
Good morning, governor. This is your president calling. I wanted to inform you personally -- before you hear it from a third party -- that the federal government is suing you and Arizona over your state's irresponsible new law on immigration.
What's irresponsible, Mr. President, is federal inability -- or refusal -- to deal with an illegal immigration problem that has cost Arizonans billions of dollars and now is costing some of them their lives.
Madam Governor, the law you signed denies the civil rights of immigrants and encourages -- maybe requires -- police to engage in racial profiling. Repeal the law and we'll drop the suit. Simple as that.
On the contrary, our law does neither of those things. Besides, what are the abridged civil rights of individuals now in this civil society illegally? For decades Arizona has begged the federales to enforce federal immigration laws -- to no avail. So we acted because the federal government has failed. Yet now you are filing suits against the law-abiding and siding with illegals. Sir, what aspects of idiocy do you not understand?
I understand that immigration is a federal issue, not a state one. As one of the most brilliant presidents ever, I easily understand as well that with the irresponsible enactment of SB 1070, Arizona "crossed a constitutional line" -- an audacious step it cannot be allowed to get away with.
Mr. President, please. And permit me to shine some light on some facts you may have missed. (1) We are hoarse from begging federal bureaucrats for more troops to police our border with Mexico --
I have authorized an additional 1,200 personnel to patrol the border. We have more troops on the ground than at any time in our history.
(2) The murderers of one of our citizens, Robert Krentz, escaped to an area set aside for the protection of pronghorn antelope -- and declared off-limits to the U.S. border patrol by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (the guy who is doing such a great job on the Macondo undersea oil gusher). From there, Krentz' killers likely made their way to Mexico. (3) Phoenix is bedeviled by kidnapping -- standing second only to Mexico City as the world's kidnapping capital. At least 70 percent of Phoenix-area kidnapping cases submitted for prosecution involve illegal immigrants.
You seem awfully cocksure of your statistics.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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