Follow Arizona's Lead on Illegal Immigration
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April 27, 2010

The Arizona legislature passed a bill this year that can actually have a real impact on the massive invasion of illegal aliens that all states in the Southwest are experiencing. Unlike so many bills dealing with illegal immigration, which usually do very little to actually crack down on the problem, Arizona's SB 1070 [PDF] has some real teeth in it. For starters, it makes it a violation of state law to be in the country illegally, which is a great end run around the federal government. The Washington, DC establishment always claims that only the feds have the power to enforce laws against illegal immigration, because it's a federal crime, not a state violation. Then they turn around and do nothing to enforce federal immigration laws.

The bill also authorizes local law enforcement officials to arrest illegal aliens, which is another critical component. Since the federal government refuses to do its duty to protect the nation's borders, SB 1070 gives the men and women in the police and sheriff's departments of Arizona the authority to do so. This is how it should be, as federal law enforcement manpower simply isn't sufficient for the task. Once illegals get past the Border Patrol, it's up to local communities to deal with the problem. The bill also bans "sanctuary cities", and makes it a crime to knowingly transport anyone who is in the country illegally. This is exactly the kind of legislation conservatives have been demanding for years.

Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, at first played coy about whether she would sign the bill, refusing to comment on it either way. Finally, though, she bowed to public pressure and signed it into law. She said the bill will allow Arizona to "work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix—the crisis caused by illegal immigration and Arizona's porous border." Governor Brewer is up for re-election in November, and with polls showing that 70 percent of Arizona voters were in favor of the bill, refusing to sign it into law would probably have been the death knell for her career in politics. Illegal immigration in Arizona is even worse than here in Texas, and voters all over the political spectrum have finally had enough.

Naturally, it didn't take long for the leftists and multiculturalists to start denouncing Arizona's long overdue crackdown on illegal immigration. Several left wing groups are already promising to fight it in the federal courts, and liberal politicians and pundits have been condemning the bill in apocalyptic terms. That's because they want the invasion of tens of millions of illegal aliens from third world nations to continue; they know that the invasion will result in millions of future Democrat voters. They don't mind seeing America turned into a Balkanized country if it guarantees a permanent Democratic majority. That's exactly what will come about if we don't immediately take serious steps to begin reversing the invasion of illegals from south of the border.

Barack Obama, naturally, has condemned the bill. In his view the new law threatens "basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe." It's quite telling that Obama was quick to condemn the Cambridge police officer who rightly arrested one of his pals, but is now suddenly concerned about trust between the police and "communities." (Notice he didn't use the word "citizens.") One of Obama's favorite preachers, the far left-wing Jim Wallis, called the bill "a racial sin." The liberal Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, who is notorious for his support of illegal aliens, even compared the new law to "German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques". These over the top hysterical reactions are proof that this bill is liberals' worst nightmare.

On top of the denunciations of a state that dares to fight back against the overwhelming invasion of illegals, the violent protests that have taken place in Arizona speak volumes. The protesters who have been throwing rocks and bottles at "demonstrations" in Arizona know exactly what this new bill means—the beginning of the end of the massive cultural transformation taking place from Texas to California by way of illegal immigration. Even the leader of Mexico condemned the bill; he's aware that if more states begin passing similar laws, Mexico will no longer be able to "improve" its economy by letting Mexican citizens illegally enter the US, where they often mail the money they earn back home.

The Arizona bill shows that when conservatives put enough pressure on, the politicians will get the message, and begin to get serious about illegal immigration. The legislatures of every state need to pass their own versions of this bill that is scaring the living daylights out of the liberals and multiculturalists, and Texas should be the first to follow suit. It's high time Texans got a law that will actually tackle the invasion head on. Arizona has shown us how it can be done, and there are no good reasons our elected officials in Austin shouldn't give us a similar law. The time for posturing is over; it's now time to take real action to stop the illegal immigration invasion in Texas. After what happened in Arizona, Austin has no more excuses.

Peter Morrison (email him) is a businessman living in Lumberton, Texas with his wife and four children. He currently serves on the Lumberton ISD School Board and as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party. He says "I believe deeply in the principles of limited constitutional government, the sanctity of life and that our state and nation should be run under Thomas Jefferson's principle of 'Equal Rights for All, Special Privileges for None.'" This article is from his free newsletter, which features commentary about current events of interest to Texans—sign up here.

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