Grijalva’s grandstanding ignores the rule of law

Arizona’s Seventh District Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz,, an elected official who thinks so little of his home state that he called for an economic boycott to hurt the pocketbooks of the people who voted him into office, wants to make Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio the bad guy of illegal immigration reform.

Grijalva’s hearing on Thursday spotlights the victim status resulting from people knowingly ignoring United States law, in some cases for decades, and getting caught. The consequences of violating immigration laws won’t be pleasant for the families who chose to break the law. Grijalva wants to fix the nightmare of illegal immigration through comprehensive amnesty and The Dream Act.

His version of immigration reform is a pipe dream with national polls overwhelmingly against amnesty and in support of tougher immigration enforcement. The law of the land and his oath of office mean less to Grijalva than rewarding millions of lawbreakers.

A Pima County insider said in 2000, “With Grijalva, it got to the point where we had to get rid of him. Our choices were to send him to Washington, or indict him. A trial would have been bad news for a lot of people because Grijalva wouldn’t have gone down alone.”

Rewarding lawmakers for breaking the law and encouraging others to do so while characterizing those vested with enforcing the law as evil-doers and racists makes a mockery of Grijalva’s political career.

Grijalva’s list of witnesses can be found here.

The anti-SB 1070 side is well represented here.

Grijalva’s website can be found here.  


Grijalva’s ad-hoc hearing presenting testimony on the negative effects of immigration enforcement are history. Before reading this sympathetic story of illegal immigrants’ plight, recall that criminal acts were committed. The punishment of those crimes by enforcement of the law of the land causes consequences to ripple out from the crime–like the pebble tossed into calm water.

That families are torn apart, that children suffer bad dreams because of the illegal actions of their parents and spouses can only engender sympathy for the innocents involved, but justice is a cruel mistress.

Should we then also bring five relatives of bank robbers, murderers, sexual predators or drunken drivers to Washington, D.C. to testify about their tragedy? Are we to demand that our leaders ignore the laws that punish those acts too? Bank robbers only want a better life for their children too.

As Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has said repeatedly. “If you don’t like the law, change it.” Change the law is exactly what Arizona did. Neither Grijalva, nor Arpaio, nor illegal immigrants get to choose which laws apply to them.

Americans are sympathetic to the plight of those who suffer, especially the innocents. Justice is not pleasant to those upon whom it is applied, but lawlessness and government’s failure to protect those who agree to be governed is worse. Ask the family of murdered rancher Rob Krentz.

As to the calls by Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, for President Obama to fulfill that campaign promise of comprehensive amnesty, as politicians well know, campaign promises are meant to be broken. Liberals, as conservatives already know, are beginning to realize they have elected a leader who is not one.


About zingstrom

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