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If It Ticks Off Obama Before It’s Even Law, They’re Doing *Something* Right

April 24, 2010
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Arizona has an illegal immigration problem, obviously. The whole border with Mexico thing can do that to a state. To alleviate the issue, the Arizona legislature proposed a tough anti-illegal immigration law, which, according to the AP, does the following:

  • Makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally by specifically requiring immigrants to have proof of their immigration status. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenses would be a felony.
  • Requires police officers to “make a reasonable attempt” to determine the immigration status of a person if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that he or she is an illegal immigrant. Race, color or national origin may not be the only things considered in implementation. Exceptions can be made if the attempt would hinder an investigation.
  • Allow lawsuits against local or state government agencies that have policies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws. Would impose daily civil fines of $1,000-$5,000. There is pending follow-up legislation to halve the minimum to $500.
  • Targets hiring of illegal immigrants as day laborers by prohibiting people from stopping a vehicle on a road to offer employment and by prohibiting a person from getting into a stopped vehicle on a street to be hired for work if it impedes traffic.

The bill is being played off by the media as some terrible bill that will put illegal aliens in concentration camps or something, but… uh, it really doesn’t. Up to $2500 in fines? It could be much worse. A while before it was signed by Arizona’s Governor, Fox News said the bill “spurred Obama criticism.” The President said:

“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” President Obama said Friday at the ceremony. “And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”

I’m starting to wonder if this dude even knows what the tenth amendment is.

I have my own problems with the law, but it’s a movement in the right direction. Amnesty and forgiveness of breaking the law should not be an option and this law punishes those who knowingly break the rules. Our best bets, however, still lie in stopping the flow of illegal immigration at the source – which, after all, should be government’s main concern, defending America before the fact.

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