HORIZONS by Ken Booth

May 30, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — ycazso @ 7:48 pm

The biggest argument against Arizona’s new immigration law by Mexican President Calderon,  his applauders in the U.S. Congress, those advocating a boycott of Arizona, and the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens  already in the state is, of course, the law –which allows Arizona police- during the normal course of their duties to actually enforce the law.

Where have all these protesters been for the past sixty years? That’s how long the U.S. Code on immigration has been in effect, a federal law that strikingly resembles the Arizona law (except that many consider it even more strict in its enforcement powers).  Could it possibly be they have never had any real fear of the federal statute being enforced while Arizonans appear to be serious about the issue. The cold hard fact is that the presence of illegal aliens in Arizona is costing the legal taxpayers here between $1.3 and $1.7-billion a year.  Frankly, we are like the Tomcat who is known to be dating the lady Skunk. After a few dates he was heard to exclaim, “I’ve enjoyed about as much as I can stand!”


 Photo by KNXV-TV, Phoenix 

You have to wonder how many of those screaming about the new Arizona law have actually taken the time to read its ten pages. If top U.S. officials, including the Attorney-General, the Homeland Security Secretary, and probably the President himself have been quick to decry it while also admitting they had not even read it.  It’s fairly cut-and-dried and specifically prohibits all the things the detractors say it promotes.

 The purpose of the new immigration law in the Grand Canyon state is “to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence  of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.The measure requires police to check the legal status of those they “reasonably suspect” as being illegal immigranats during “any lawful stop, detention or arrest” in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of the state, or a county, city or town. Law enforcement officers “may not consider race, color or national origin” in making the determination. You won’t find that in the federal statute which, incidentally, requires all aliens to carry on their person at all times papers identifying their nationality or legal status.

City leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco were the first to scream that Arizonans must be a “racist” bunch hell bent on using racial profiling with the new law and proclaimed an official boycott of any business or leisure activity here. Really? One has to wonder if any of these ‘leaders’ and those who would blindly follow them have any knowledge of the California law and what it says about illegal immigration.  It turns out that Arizona is not alone in its legal approach to dealing with the issue.

You may be forgiven if at first glance you might  think the law that follows below is the much-maligned Arizona S.B. 1070 requiring police to request valid identity documents from those reasonably suspected of being in the state illegally. It’s not. Rather it’s a California law requiring exactly the same thing BUT WITHOUT THE ADDED SAFEGUARDS WRITTEN INTO THE ARIZONA LAW.

California Penal Code 834b. 

(a)       Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested  if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.

 (b)       With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:

(c)          (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

(d)          (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.

(e)          (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.

You’ve not heard anything about this on any of the television shows have you?

 Even the leading GOP candidate for governor in California, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, is opposed to the Arizona law saying she would never sign such. Is she even aware of California law?  Statements like that could be why the Tea Party folks are anxious to find candidates who represent the Republican Wing of the Republican Party.  Maybe we should boycott California or better yet, have California enforce its own laws. Even John McCain seems to get it when polls in his home state suggest a lot of people consider him too leaky a vessel to put much faith in when it comes to illegal aliens.  Most folks won’t forget his drive for amnesty two years ago.


KNXV-TV Graphic

 And back to Felipe Calderon, the arrogant  Mexican meddler. After his notorious speech to the joint session of the U.S. Congress in which he insulted the people of my state and treated us all in utter contempt with Obama letting him getting away with it [all to the thunderous applause from Pelosi, Biden, and Democrats in the chamber], el Presidente also met with various Hispanic groups while in D.C. during which he reiterated his rejection of the  Arizona law saying “it commits an outrage against the inalienable rights of the migrants,” (Inalienable right to enter our country illegally?)

There’s more.  Writing for the immigration web site VDARE, Allan Wall reports, “And one of Calderon’s traveling partners, Carlos Navarrete, head of the Meixican senate, openly called on U.S. Hispanics to “vote for the Democrats.” Wall said he didn’t see that in the so-called main stream media but rather by reading the Mexican press. Is this why there is no border enforcement here? Is this why Democrats in the Congress don’t want to stop the illegal invasion from the South?

Is ‘Vote Democrat’ the new password used by illegal aliens now to escape arrest and deportation?

Folks, by virtue of where I live, I can see Mexico from my house. Unless there is a significant change in the current situation, no matter where you live it won’t be long before you or your children will be able to see it from your house, too.





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