Immigration

Rep. Connie Mack is Wrong on Arizona Law

Republican Rep. Connie Mack of Florida recently laid out his concerns about Arizona’s new immigration law in a Washington Post article column titled, “Why Conservatives Should Oppose Arizona’s Immigration law.” In fact, conservatives need to continue to support that law.

The national debate over Arizona’s most recent effort to assist the federal government in its continuing failure to fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting our borders is all but over. Americans have overwhelming come down, once again, on the side of Arizona and its new law aimed at enforcing federal immigration laws. Clear acknowledgement of this came from President Obama himself when he announced that 1,200 National Guardsmen were being sent to the border.

That is a start, but is nowhere near what is needed to bring stability to our Southern border with Mexico. Now it is more important than ever for conservatives to continue supporting Arizona’s law. We must remain vigilant, or this latest effort at securing our borders and controlling illegal immigration will fall by the wayside, as have all other past efforts by the federal government. The open-borders (pro-illegal immigration) lobby in Washington, D.C., is alive, angry and relentless in its efforts to destroy the foundations of our country.

The pro-illegal immigration crowd would have you believe that defending our borders is the equivalent of apartheid. Lately, some politicians and bureaucrats have tried to compare an Arizona police officer asking someone to provide identification when that officer has probable cause that a crime is or has been committed to China’s record of human rights violations, to the moral equivalent of slavery or to incarcerating American citizens of Japanese decent in detention camps during World War II. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Some politicians would have you believe that it is inhumane and illegal to ask someone for their identification. Apparently, every time I am asked by the clerk at the grocery store or the cleaners for my official identification is a violation of my human rights. No doubt, the next time I am traveling and scold the airport security about violating my human rights multiple times before getting on the flight from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., I can be sure of getting that extra special attention in the examination room we all grave.

The point is we are a nation, and like all other nations we have the right to protect our borders and to establish immigration laws. We have further the duty to enforce those laws and that is what Arizona is doing. It is not racist and certainly not profiling any more than airport security is. Illegal aliens come in all colors, sizes, ages and sexes. We here in Arizona treat all illegal aliens equally, we report them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

For freedom-loving conservatives, the immigration fiasco is just another example of the inability of the Washington elites to govern. Bailouts, takeover of healthcare, student loans, the auto industry, Fannie and Freddie failures, massive unemployment, trillion-dollar debts greater than the mind can imagine, just to name a few of their latest efforts. No wonder Tea Parties are becoming so popular with the American people all over the country. As Ronald Reagan remarked, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”


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