On Saturday night, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a trip to Arizona to show support for the state’s new illegal immigration enforcement law and the effort to cut through the open border lobby’s disinformation campaign.
“Let’s start this education process of our leaders in Washington, D.C. who need to do their jobs,” Palin said. “Arizona was the first state in the union to pass tough employer sanctions laws. As secretary of state Governor Brewer supported and defended the states laws requiring identification at polling places. That’s reasonable.”
“And now this state has enacted a law that mirrors the federal law which allows police to ask those who they have otherwise stopped to provide a drivers’ license or other proof of legal presence. I think for most American people the reaction would be oh, why haven’t the police already been doing that?
“While Mexico’s president has begun to crack down on the violent drug cartels and corruption in his own country, it’s time for the United States government to enforce the rule of law as well.
“We’ll never resolve our immigration crisis until governors like Jan Brewer and the citizens of Arizona are convinced that we have shut the front door of illegal immigration and drug smuggling along our own southern border.
“It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand and say, ‘We’re all Arizonans now,’ and in clear unity we say, ‘Mr. President, do your job. Secure our border.’”
Palin also had a message for the “boycott crowd” and for the “majority of Americans who support Gov. Brewer’s stand.”
“If you really want border security, if you want to halt the human rights violations that have resulted from our failed border security policy — come visit Arizona. You can say that here they’re doing the job that our federal government will not do.”
The latest poll on the Arizona law released last week by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of those polled think police should be able to question those they believe are in this country illegally. Also 67 percent say police should be able to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status. The survey found 73 percent said people should be required to produce papers verifying they are in this country legally.
Overall the polling showed 59 percent support Arizona’s new law.
The Secure the Border website is funded by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s re-election campaign.