SB 1070 is being tested out in the courts, and, most likely, will result in the Supreme Court resolving the case. But in speaking with “Early Show” anchor Harry Smith, President Obama criticized what he sees as political opportunism in Arizona’s initiative, “What we can’t do is allow a patchwork of 50 different states, or cities or localities, where anybody wants to make a name for themselves suddenly says, ‘I’m going to be anti-immigrant, and I’m going to try to see if I can solve the problem ourself.’”
Mr. President, the vast majority of Americans on either side of this issue are not “anti-immigrant.” We are anti “illegal” immigration. We want our immigration laws enforced and our border secured. Instead of taking on the states like Arizona who are making a stand against illegal immigration, we need politicians who will prosecute entities who are taking the law into their own hands by providing “sanctuary” in open defiance to existing federal law.
If people want to help illegal immigrants become American citizens, support their return to their country of origin. Help them secure employment and support their legal efforts to become an American immigrant. Let them earn that right the old fashioned way, by getting in line, making their case and respecting the laws of the country they wish to join. A blanket amnesty is an insult to those immigrants who have waited and faithfully played by the rules.
Richard Lamm said it best, “Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don’t really mean our immigration law.”
If you have had enough of an administration that prosecutes those committed to upholding immigration laws and protects those who refuse to obey it, in November, elect candidates who will.