Why the Arizona Anti-Immigration Legislation is an Example of Politics at its Worst

Why the Arizona Anti-Immigration Legislation is an Example of Politics at its Worst

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  1. It is truly sad when a state within a nation founded on immigration, decides to turn its back on newer immigrants and disregard federal law. Is this really about illegal immigrants or is this the act of an ineffective grandstanding politician? According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, fewer illegal immigrants are attempting to cross the U.S. border from Mexico. They also cite that the crime rate at the border is actually down from previous years. Defiance and the CourtThe actions of the state of Arizona bring into question the integrity of the state and its application of law. The state brazenly defied the court decision of U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to block portions of the controversial Arizona immigration law. This is a demonstration of total disregard for the judicial system. If the state behaves this way toward the judiciary, what lengths will it use to enforce the law? Arizona anti-immigration supporters claim the law is not racially motivated. They claim they will not use racial profiling techniques. Yet, it cannot be denied that this law specifically targets persons of Latino origin, especially Mexicans.Officers have been instructed to observe manners of dress, watch for cars carrying many passengers and raise suspicion with individuals who do not make eye contact. This is ridiculous! Apparently, it is now becoming a crime to wear old clothes. This alludes to the fact that individuals wearing designer clothes, who appear “well-dressed,” could never be illegal immigrants. Are we to believe that the police officers will apply the law equally to those of Asian or Eastern European descent? Are there no white illegal immigrants in Arizona? How about Russian spies? Obviously, this misguided law is designed to target individuals with darker skin color, because the common misconception is that all Mexicans have dark skin, dark hair and dark eyes. How can this not be racially motivated? If Arizona can defy the court, how long will it take to turn the anti-immigration law into a mechanism of frontier justice? How many civil rights will be trampled upon in the process? If Arizona can turn its head to the court, it is certainly capable of ignoring or hiding infractions committed by law enforcement personnel. The Old Political MachinePoliticians often use the “Ol’ Switcheroo” to divert attention away from larger problems. In the Arizona case, the old tactic has managed to convince the constituency a particular problem is the fault of one particular group. The constituency is convinced their elected leader would never steer them in the wrong direction, because the leader has only the best interests of the constituency at heart.Wake up, Arizona! How many politicians do you truly know, who are willing to make tough unpopular decisions that benefit the community at large? How many career politicians are willing to jeopardize their careers in favor of real, workable, but unpopular legislation? Let’s face it; the majority of politicians are self-serving. Someone has to say this, so I will. How do non-educated people become politicians? They use their own brand of propaganda, style and scare tactics. Instilling fear in a populace works, because most Americans never bother to investigate issues on their own. They simply sit back and assume someone else will do it for them. Sadly, many state and local politicians do not spend their time gathering facts, because they lack the skills necessary to do so. Jan Brewer, the Arizona state governor holds a radiologist degree from a community college! She has no advanced educational background in the fields of political science, history, international politics or even journalism! Yet, her state shares an international border! She and her husband also have a stake in real estate. It does not take a rocket scientist to conclude that her motives may be less than altruistic.History and RacismMs. Brewer obviously has no background in the history of Arizona or its history pertaining to Mexico. Latinos have a history in Arizona that predates U.S. territorial occupation and statehood. Even the name of the state is of Spanish origin. “Arizona” comes from two Spanish words; arid (dry) and zona (zone.) Latinos (Mexicans) had been living in the present day state long before the Anglos ventured from the East Coast.Instead of bringing groups together to work on equitable solutions, she is happy to keep fueling the fire of discrimination and racial divide. She has never experienced discrimination or been a victim of a hate crime. My “American” family has been the victim of both. In my experience, I have advised my children that they should never visit Arizona. They are descendants of Latino families who settled the region under Spanish rule. Moreover, these same families have continually occupied the same area to this day. My children should not have to worry about carrying papers proving they are legal! As far as I am concerned, they have more right to be here than the Anglo population. Would the origin of Jan Brewer’s family ever be in question? Laws targeting select populations are just the beginning of a police state.This method of policing will result in the fear and distrust of police officers. Individuals will no longer feel free to come forward to report instances of crime. Immigrants will cease to cooperate with authorities, because they will see the police as the enemy. Crime and Drug Trafficking: Separating Truth from FictionCrime is committed by all ethnicities and by persons from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Crime is not just committed by illegal immigrants. Phoenix has serious gang problems, yet little has changed in the methods used to combat gang violence. All major cities in the U.S. have serious problems with crime. You risk putting your life in danger if you accidentally venture into some outlying areas of particular U.S. cities.Large-scale drug operations, such as the cartels do not use illegal immigrants to transport large quantities of drugs. Those individuals serve as diversions. Mexican cartel membership is not reserved solely for Mexicans. Many U.S. citizens work for cartels or are members themselves. Cartel members do not need to sneak across the border, as they have enough money to acquire the proper papers and visas. It must also be noted that the majority of firearms acquired by the cartels came from the U.S. Yes, many came from Arizona. Unscrupulous gun dealers and greedy U.S. citizens sold and sometimes, transported the arms across the border for the cartels. It is very difficult to acquire high power weaponry in Mexico. This is why the Mexican police and military have a hard time defeating the cartels. Violence at the hands of the drug cartels has increased; however, this is happening in the border cities and towns of Mexico, not the U.S. Cartels are vying for power in this region, because of the proximity to the U.S. drug markets. The Arizona anti-immigration is an attempt to shift the focus and blame the drug problems on illegal immigrants. Sadly, Americans cannot accept the fact that the drug problem begins in the U.S. Drug users in the U.S. fuel the demand for the drugs. The drug trade is big business and it is economically motivated. It is simple supply and demand economics. If there were no demand for the drugs in the U.S., there would be no value in trafficking them. Truth and ConsequencesGenerally, immigrants take low paying jobs that offer no benefits. Most of the jobs are in the service and agricultural sector. Although their pay is low, they do spend money in the communities in which they reside. The accusation that illegal immigrants end up on welfare or other state assistance programs is a myth. Most illegal immigrants will not seek services, as they fear deportation. Statistically, most recipients of state assistance programs are white Americans. Actually, the mass deportation of illegal immigrants would create more economic problems in the U.S. Employers would be forced to offer much higher wages and benefits to Americans willing to take the service sector jobs. If these businesses are able to remain operating, the U.S. consumer will pay the price.This is the same when it comes to jobs in the agricultural sector. Even with higher wages, most Americans would be unwilling to work the 14 to 15 hour days in the fields. The result is notably higher prices for goods and services. If you think two dollars for a head of lettuce is outrageous now, imagine how you would feel if you had to pay 5 to 7 dollars. In conclusion, the fallout of this anti-immigration law will cost U.S. citizens much more than they realize. The law has already divided communities and created an atmosphere of racial unrest. The potential for violence is very real.The economic cost would certainly prevent some individuals and families from acquiring necessities. This is not something the U.S. can afford during this current economic climate. How could government expect people to pay higher prices?Until Americans take responsibility for gathering facts and discussing the pros and cons of an issue themselves, politicians will continue to act in their own best interests.

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