It’s been quite a week for Arizona’s SB 1070, the illegal immigrant enforcement law slated to take effect August 29. No court has ordered a stay, yet. Since passage of the law, it’s been all talk and no action—except for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was already doing what the law requires of all Arizona’s law enforcement agencies. Enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.
Actually, Arpaio is not the only cop enforcing federal law, but you will read or hear precious little about the 24 states and dozens of law enforcement agencies enforcing immigration law with the federal government’s blessing.
Word came from Ecuador that the Copper State will be taken into court by the United States federal government because … well, nobody really knows why the feds are going to sue the state except that President Barack Obama found the law “disturbing.”
Obama joined a host of his appointees who admitted having not read SB 1070 and that the immigration system is broken. Gov. Jan Brewer was “outraged” by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s lawsuit announcement via an Ecuadorian television interview. Arizonans thought Obama, the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder and “the border is secure” Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano were handling this one. They are the gang who were quick to slam the law without bothering to read it.
Incumbent Brewer has been riding a wave of popularity since signing SB 1070, standing up for Arizona against the pro-amnesty critics and for the rule of law. She blew it during a campaign debate when she said the majority of illegals flooding into Arizona are involved in cartel smuggling operations.
Obviously, they are not all smuggling drugs and other people. We learned this must be true when the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors was debating whether to join the asinine boycott Arizona crowd.
County Supervisor Peggy West said, “If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this, but this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”
Arizonans may want to vote on which of the two statements wins the “dumbest thing heard this week” award, but what we would really like to see is real action on the root of the problem and less political gesturing. All parties speaking look like a bunch of dummies at this point and are ignoring the fact that the law was broken illegally crossing the border regardless of the motivation.
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl mailed Ms. West a geography lesson and a map, but since out fearless, floundering, Community-Organizer-In-Chief impugned the honorable senator’s honesty over what was said in a private White House meeting, Ms. West may remain ignorantly unconvinced.
Unconfirmed rumors say that meetings with White House and DOJ representatives set for Monday, June 28, have been canceled. Perhaps somebody back East actually read the law, looked at a map, and concluded the visit was pointless from a legal standpoint and a visit to the border dangerous to their safety.
Meanwhile, the fatal shooting of a stone-throwing teenage Mexican smuggler with a police record in El Paso, cartel death threats against Nogales, Arizona police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to “monitor” known observation positions manned by cartel thugs on American soil posted as closed or hazardous to U.S. citizens only ratchet up the tension.
Mexico, a nation that encourages the illegal migration wants standing in U.S. courts to sue Arizona, and for the Border Patrol to turn over the Border Patrol officer who shot the teen smuggler for trial in Mexico’s corrupt system.
All talk and very little action other than this Albuquerque, New Mexico television report about the influx of illegal immigrants leaving Arizona for points east.
Brewer’s clarification of her stupid remarks gives ammunition to her critics, fails to admit her error and lacks the point that it is still a crime, regardless of the motivation, to enter the U.S. illegally.
The problem that needs to be addressed needs no political exaggeration. Brewer needs to stay focused, like in this Youtube video, for the battle ahead.