I was kicking around the idea of posting about the Arizona Immigration bill and ‘Puter just provided a good segue. Immigration is a huge problem in the U.S. and elected leaders in Washington have done little to nothing to help. The “great wall” (electronic or real) hasn’t really materialized and faced serious funding issues. Instead, we have a lot of talking and little action. It seems like President Obama might weigh in this summer or fall but let’s consider his take on the Arizona bill: “undermine basic notions of fairness….blah blah blah”. Excuse me, fairness? Fairness for Mr. President and most of the current elected democrats doesn’t seem objectively “fair” but rather more of the “fair is in the eye of the beholder” kind of fair.
Taxes? Yeah, richer people pay more and use less government services. My definition of “objectively fair” is something along the lines of a Flat Tax proposal – 17% on income (after a possible 20% tax rate) period. But that’s a topic for another day….soon.
Immigration? How about follow the Foxtrot law. Mexico has stricter immigration laws than the U.S. Check out these facts:
Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.”
Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and grants and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number. Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned. Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned.
So, why can’t the U.S. step up to this? It isn’t racial profiling – it’s adhering to the LAWS of this country. Instead we have individual states that have become frustrated with the inaction of the federal government and started an effort to address the problem. Having said that, it is likely that the Arizona law will be challenged and might fall on appeal as states do not have the ability to legislate foreign policy, including treaties, immigration laws, etc. The defense will push that this law provides parameters around enforcing the residency status of citizens in a legal and lawful manner. The President made a mistake claiming that this is a “fairness” issue – something that the GOP should capitalize on. It’s fair when we adhere to the laws of this country and its legal citizens.