Politicians have been talking about getting a handle on the immigration “problem” for years, decades even. Arizona, one of the states over-run with illegal’s, has tired of waiting for the “fix” that has been supposedly coming “soon” for years and years and has taken action in their state legislature to get a handle on the situation.
Arizona senate bill 1070, recently signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, allows the police to determine a person’s immigration status if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is in the country illegally. An earlier measure requiring employers to verify the status of their workers or incur harsh sanctions has already withstood a federal court challenge. The ACLU has also vowed to challenge this bill in court.
Currently it is estimated that there are over 11 million people in this country illegally. To put that in perspective, Montana’s total population is close to one million persons. President Obama repeatedly made the campaign promise that his administration would move on immigration reform his very first year in office if elected but these promises were directed toward garnering the Hispanic vote in the presidential election with blatant promises of amnesty to the current illegal population. Obama has failed to make any move regarding illegal immigrants and apparently Arizona is tired of waiting.
What Arizona’s action has accomplished is to again bring the illegal problem back into the national news and Democrat leaders are now talking about pushing forward with immigration reform instead of the planned climate bill. Some Democrat leaders had preferred to work on the Climate bill because they are worried about the negative impact the healthcare reform will have on their ability to retain seats and the climate bill seemed the safer topic until after the mid-term elections. Senators Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif) Michael Bennet (D-Colo) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) all face tough re-election campaigns in states with large numbers of Hispanic voters. Once again what the good people in Washington advance as priorities for the “good of America’s people” is in reality determined by the politicians by what will be “good for their respective re-election campaigns”.
The Corrector gives a hats off to the legislature of the State of Arizona for tackling this drain on America’s resources head on.