The controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1070 introduced by State Sen. Russell Pearce is stirring up controversy and giving a rebirth to the immigration debate.
Action on the issues facing Arizona’s southern border have been heating up since the death of longtime Arizona rancher Robert Krentz over two weeks ago, leading to the state take a serious look at the link between crime and illegal immigration.
SB 1070 has passed through the Arizona Senate and is now sitting on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for signature. The bill would allow local police to ask individuals about their immigration status, and would give them the authority to arrest those who do not have the legal paper work to be in the United States. The bill also punishes citizens transporting people who they know do not have proper immigration status.
The main argument of opponents to this bill is the belief that the legislation will lead to racial profiling, however, the language in the bill specifically states authorities “may not solely consider race, color or national origin,” when enforcing immigration laws.
Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code: Improper Entry by Alien, states that any person who enters the United States without proper documentation will face penalty, meaning they have committed a federal crime. This has lead supporters of SB 1070 to argue that those who have come legally, won’t have a problem and that those who are here illegally have already committed a crime and should be prosecuted.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 400,000 illegal immigrants currently living in Arizona, costing the state over $1 billion per year and a new Rassmussen poll shows that 70% of Arizona residents support SB 1070.
[# More #]
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos marched and protested in downtown Tucson on Tuesday, April 20 to voice their opposition to the bill. Pima County Legal Defender and co-chair of the Coalicion, Isabel Garcia, was in attendance and told me that she believes Border Patrol is a military force on the border, that she wants all undocumented individuals granted amnesty and compared SB 1070 to Jim Crow laws. She also called for a boycott on Arizona so the people and the government of the state will feel economic blow back.
My main observations of this protest were this:
-“The real criminal is I.C.E.!”
-“VETO SB 1070”
-“I.C.E. y D.E.A. ‘Operativos’ RACISTAS”
-“No Militarized Border”
-“Build Just Policy Not Prisons”
-“Mobility is a RIGHT not a CRIME”
-Waving of Mexican flags and chanting of various statements including: -“What do we want? JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW!”
-“Si, se puede!”
There was also an alarming misunderstanding of the difference between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants. “Immigrants” was used as a general term for all people who move to the United States (a sovereign nation, might I add), which quite frankly is an insult to those who stood in line, followed the rules, entered the country legally, learned English, and worked their way to becoming a proud legal citizen. Waving Mexican flags on U.S. soil is more than a step back for the argument of amnesty. If these people want American rights and privileges, they should embrace the United States instead of trying to turning it into the country they came from. After all, they came here for one reason, things in America are better.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.
Some States Offering Free Park Admission for Black Friday | Christine Rousselle
Students Defile Thomas Jefferson's Statue at William & Mary | Justin Holcomb
Obama After Briefing: Currently No Threats We Know of Against Homeland | Cortney O'Brien
Video: Trump Spokeswoman Clarifies Position on 'Muslim Database' | Guy Benson
Al Qaeda Operative Who Nearly Bombed UK Shopping Mall, NYC Subway Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison | Katie Pavlich
CBC Asks Bill Bennett — How Do We Make America Strong Again? | Christopher N. Malagisi
Jeb Calls Obama’s Climate, Terror Remark The ‘Most Ludicrous’ Comment Ever | Cortney O'Brien
Mike Huckabee at The Hospital For Surgery | Katie Pavlich
A Dozen Refugees in U.S. Connected to Terrorism Just This Year | Katie Pavlich
'Progressive' Hillary Skips Forum With One of Nation's Largest Progressive Groups | Cortney O'Brien
“Your Republican Uncle”: DNC debuts new website to help slow-witted young liberals talk politics with family on Thanksgiving | Allahpundit
Disgraced VA executives still qualify for relocation bonuses | Jazz Shaw
Video: The shooting of Laquan McDonald | Allahpundit
Obama 2013: Assad must go. Obama today: Hopefully Assad won’t run for president again. | Allahpundit
Q3 GDP revised upward to 2.1% | Ed Morrissey
ICYMI: Even the AP couldn’t validate any of Hillary’s gun control nonsense | Matt Vespa
The War on Yoga
Ahmed Mohamed is Suing his School and the City of Irving, TX over Clock Incident
Hollande Visiting Putin Just After Visiting U.S. Is A Bit Awkward
Kerry To 'Calm Things Down' In Israel
NewsBusted: Paris Attacks, ISIS, Martin O'Malley, Charlie Sheen
‘Made in USA’ solar company sold Chinese panels
| Kenric Ward
American Majority making big impact on conservative cause in Wisconsin
| M.D. Kittle
John Doe political prisoner Kelly Rindfleisch completes probation
| M.D. Kittle
Townhall.com is the leading source for conservative news and political commentary and analysis.
Copyright © Townhall.com. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service
is provided to you