I am mad. Mad at the US Department of Justice, and even more so, mad at our President! I am not one of these people who claim Obama is not a legal US Citizen. President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. The state of Hawaii, was entered into the Union on August 21, 1959. That was almost 2 years before the birth of our 44th President. And, even if Obama had been born in Kenya, his mother was a natural born citizen of The United States, and a citizen of the US at the time of Obama’s birth. Therefore, President Obama is a legal US Citizen!
Now that, that has been settled. On to the topic at hand, why am I mad?
The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit challenging Arizona and the constitutionality of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants. Let me start off by saying, I am a supporter of the State of Arizona, and it’s new Immigration Law, S.B. 1070. I am mad at the US Department of Justice for even filing this lawsuit, and the President for not supporting Arizona for taking a stand and dealing with a growing problem in our country.
Arizona’s new immigration law states, that if you are lawfully detained by a police officer, and are unable to provide legal documentation proving you are a US Citizen or in some other capacity, allowed to be in the country, the said Officer can arrest you and take you to the state agency that deals with illegal immigrants.
For example, if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, the Officer will ask you for your license and registration. If you are here legally, this is not a problem and you will not be detained for immigration status information. If you are unable to provide a valid Arizona State driver’s license or other state and/or federal issued identification (like a social security card) and you have been pulled over, you are going to be in trouble whether you are here legally or not.
From my understanding of the new law, an officer will not racially profile you and pull you over for no reason to make sure you are a legal US Citizen. Only during routine traffic stops/violations or other situations where an officer is called, will you be asked to provide legal identification.
Sec. 2. Title 11, chapter 7, Article 8, Sub-Section B states:
B. For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. Any person who is arrested shall have the person’s immigration status determined before the person is released. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373 (C). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution. A person is presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:
1. A valid Arizona driver license.
2. A valid Arizona non-operating identification license.
3. A valid tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification.
4. If the entity requires proof of legal presence in the United States before issuance, any valid United States Federal, State or Local Government issued identification.
If you are in this country illegally, regardless of where you are from, you will be in trouble. What’s wrong with that? It’s not fair to everyone who was born in another country and now lives here, legally, for those who are here illegally to get a free pass. Citizens who came here from other countries legally, followed the guidelines and did what they were suppose to do to be here. They pay their taxes. Illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes and are payed under the table, so to speak. They get free health care, because without legal status, they certainly aren’t paying for it.
Arizona is, in a nutshell, merely upholding the law where illegal immigrants are concerned. So how exactly is what they are doing, unconstitutional? They are trying to protect their state, their citizens and bring down crime at the same time. By becoming more aware of the problem, dealing with illegals and deporting them, they are doing exactly what the federal government isn’t.
So that’s my opinion, in a nutshell. What’s Yours?
*DISCLAIMER* I am not against citizens of other countries coming to the United States legally. I applaud those who follow the law and apply for citizenship and complete the requirements for becoming a US Citizen. I am however, against those who come here illegally, with no regard for our laws.