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Arizona Law Allowing Questioning Of Suspected Illegal Immigrants About Immigration Status - Is It Constitutional?: Left of Center View

The problem with the new Arizona immigration law is that it is redundant. States value their rights and fight vigorously to protect their rights and individuality whenever they feel Federal encroachment. Why then does the state of Arizona, specifically Governor Brewer, feel the need to pass a measure that essentially re-enforces Federal law? It is already illegal to be in the country illegally.

If being in the country illegally is illegal, what possible purpose could the Arizona measure serve other than political grandstanding? The bill’s sponsor claims it is to “remove ‘political handcuffs’ from police and help drive illegal immigrants from the state,” but is that really the case. The law requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is “reason” to “suspect” they are in the country illegally. The law basically mandates racial profiling. The police can stop anyone any time and question them. Yeah, this won’t get abused or out of hand anytime soon. Driving while Mexican is now illegal in Arizona.

Stepping up immigration enforcement is a reasonable reaction, stepping up law enforcement to curtail the drug cartel presence, also reasonable. Going after business’ that use undocumented workers is something that can and should be done at state, local and federal levels. There are numerous reasonable responses to the problem but this measure isn’t one of them.

The Constitution protects against “unreasonable search and seizures”, which is probably why Arizona lawmakers put the word “reasonable” into the bill. The Constitution is a complex patchwork of ideas and language, intended to evolve along with the country, while at the same time ensuring the simplest of human rights and freedoms; the right to exist, the right to own land and raise a family on it, the right to work, the right of religious freedom, the right to celebrate your heritage and the promise of acceptance. These are the rights that make our nation strong. These are the rights that come with the promise of Democracy. We have the right to live our lives as we see fit, as long as we respect these same rights in others.

As the self proclaimed defenders of Democracy and freedom we as a nation are willing to use our military prowess to protect these ideals, these promises we have made to the world that a better life is possible. We make these promises to ourselves, to our children and our children’s children. To single out a group of people and put them under scrutiny simply because of their heritage and physical attributes is to spit in the face of all that we supposedly stand for, and that my friends is something that we as a nation should not stand for.


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Arizona Law Allowing Questioning Of Suspected Illegal Immigrants About Immigration Status - Is It Constitutional?: Right of Center View

Hooray for Arizona! Finally, a state has shown the courage to do what the federal government has failed to do! By taking an active role in fighting illegal immigration Arizona has moved to the forefront in the war against the eventual takeover of the United States by unwelcome foreigners. Make no mistake, there is an invasion in progress and we all need to decide if we are going to defend our country or allow unwanted immigrants to take over the nation.

Legal immigration allows millions of people to immigrate to the United States. We by no means have closed off immigration opportunities to people from other nations. We welcome diversity in this nation and want people to come and add to the strength of our country. There is a process for a reason. We use the process to weed out individuals who will not make a needed contribution to America or who might pose a threat to the citizenry. This is a good thing. We don’t want drug dealers and gang members bringing crime to America. We don’t want unskilled people coming here and having a ton of children that the taxpayers end up supporting. We want immigrants who will contribute to the betterment of our country.

It seems that the liberals want to paint this new law in Arizona as some sort of bigotry that is unjustified harassment of ethnic minorities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Local law enforcement professionals know their communities better than anyone. They know where the criminals hang out and where the illegals go to get day work. They are the best suited to find and detain illegal immigrants. While federal officials have the assigned task of enforcing immigration laws, they don’t have the boots on the ground at the local level to effectively find the illegal immigrants to the degree that local law enforcement can.

As to the question of constitutionality, these are not American citizens so the Constitution should not really be an issue. We are talking about the American Constitution here not any other nation’s constitution. The citizens of other nations are not entitled to the same protections under the American Constitution as people legitimately in this country, or at least they should not be. We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws. If your first act in this nation is to break the law, we don’t want you here. Go home or face arrest. If you want to march in the streets, please go to Arizona and protest the new law. I’m sure the police there will be happy to welcome you to Arizona and show you how illegal immigrants should be treated.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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