Innocent Criminals

Arizona’s new immigration law has brought the nation to it’s feet, either cheering, or trying to find a tomato to throw.

The state’s new law would ban sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, makes the penalties on illegal day laborers and their employers more strict, charges immigrants with a misdemeanor if they do not carry their alien registration document and the law allows police to arrest immigrants who fail to provide documents proving they are here legally.

This brought much disapproval from several places. Congressman Raul Grijalva says, “I support some very targeted economic sanctions on the state of Arizona.” And that he, “will be asking national organizations — civil, religious, political — not to have conferences and conventions in the State of Arizona. There has to be an economic consequence to this action and to this legislation.”

The interesting part is that Grijalva is a Congressman elected by the state of Arizona. A state which has 302,000 unemployed workers is now being sanctioned by the very person they elected. Then one must ask, who is he serving?

What is the average person doing to stop Arizona in their depravity? Well, there was a movement to boycott Arizona Tea. After all, that would hurt Arizona’s economy, right? Furious consumers tweeted: “Dear Arizona: If you don’t change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea.” Others said that they would switch to Lipton or Snapple. “It is the drink of fascists,” some protested.

The problem with all this is that Arizona Tea is brewed in New York. Not in Arizona. An unfortunate piece of information for the uninformed protesters (and tweeters).

Here’s the other problem: People call the state “Nazi-zona”, “fascists” and “Nazi Germany”, if any of that is to be true, than the real fascists are the people in the federal government. Arizona has simply decided to enforce U.S.C. 1304(e) which has been around for more than half a century.

In addition, if Arizona is “racist” than so is Mexico. Michelle Malkin with Investors Business Daily Editorials explains:

Consider: Open-borders protesters marched freely at the Capitol building in Arizona, comparing GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to Hitler, waving Mexican flags, advocating that demonstrators ‘Smash the State’ and holding signs that proclaimed ‘No human is illegal’ and ‘We have rights.’

But under the Mexican constitution, such political speech by foreigners is banned. Noncitizens cannot ‘in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.’ In fact, a plethora of Mexican statutes enacted by its congress limit the participation of foreign nationals and companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms … Mexico is doing the job Arizona is now doing — a job the U.S. government has failed miserably to do: put its people first. Here’s the proper rejoinder to all the hysterical demagogues calling for boycotts and invoking Jim Crow laws, apartheid and the Holocaust because Arizona has taken its sovereignty into its own hands: Hipocritas.” Michelle Malkin with IBD Editorials, April 28, 2010 (p. 2)

Many say that illegal immigrants “do the jobs Americans won’t do.” The response is three fold. First, if they are the only ones willing to do the job, why can’t they come here legally? Second, if a low-grade job is left open, and no one can be found to take it (because we lost the “charitable” illegal immigrant) can’t the business raise the pay until some one will accept it? Especially right now, Americans are desperate for jobs. Every job that an illegal immigrant has is one job that a deserving American (that is, legal) cannot have. Third, is something I call the “trickle-up affect.” Here’s the theory: If a low-grade job was opened recently, and no one can be found to do the job, then someone will in the end have to do it. This means that people “higher up” in that business will have to go and do some of the more gritty jobs. As everyone slides into their new positions a higher position is then left open. So the job openings “trickle up”.

Arizona is enforcing an age-old federal law that is not racist, nor fascist. Arizona is only doing what is best in the interests of American jobs and prosperity.

-Ben

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