Comments on New Arizona Illegal Immigration Law

With the passage and subsequent signing of the immigration bill in Arizona, the subject of immigration reform has exploded back onto the national stage, although it’s likely that the subject will quickly be swept aside by more recent news events.  A few observations are in order:

  1. None of the discussion has even touched on the real issue here – the need to manage our population to a sustainable level, whatever that level may be.  (Most experts agree that we’re already well beyond that point.)  Obviously, no such plan would have any chance of success as long as people continue to enter the country illegally in significant numbers. 
  2. Those here illegally should have a path to citizenship, but that path has to begin in their home countries, where they should go to the end of the line, behind those who have been following the rules.
  3. With legal immigration contributing more than one million people per year to U.S. population growth, it’s impossible for the U.S. to move toward a sustainable population without dramatically curtailing legal immigration to the point where it matches the rate of emigration. 
  4. Although those opposed to the new Arizona legislation are getting all of the press, there is a large contingent of the Hispanic population there that supports it.  With an enormous Hispanic population, Arizona could not have passed this legislation without their support.  Clearly, the majority of Hispanics are responsible citizens who are just as concerned about the effects of illegal immigration as other Americans.  But there is a very vocal minority who place their racial identity ahead of the welfare of their country.  And let’s not forget the contingent who oppose such legislation because they profit from the exploitation of slave labor and human trafficking. 
  5. There is nothing unconstitutional about the Arizona law as written.  The police must have good reason to suspect that a person is illegal before asking for identification.  This doesn’t mean racial profiling.  Is the person unable to speak English?  Do they run for no apparent reason when police approach?  Are they driving a vehicle that’s unregistered?  No driver’s license?  And let’s not forget that the problem of illegal immigration goes well beyond Hispanic immigrants to include Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, eastern Europeans, etc.  There are plenty of all of these in every state in the union, including Arizona. 
  6. Obama’s reaction to passage of this legislation was hardly a rallying cry for immigration reform, referring to “irresponsibility by others” without mentioning Arizona by name.  He went on to call for “fixing America’s broken immigration system” without any mention of anything that could be construed as amnesty for those here illegally.  I’ve said before and I continue to believe that Obama is smart enough not to let his agenda of dealing with far more important issues like the economy, energy policy and global warming get sidetracked by the amnesty issue.  Better to deal with it by quietly and slowly improving border security and, in concert with the states, by turning up the heat on illegal immigrants, gradually forcing them out of the country.  If dealt with in that way, it’s a problem that will gradually take care of itself.  No need to pick a big fight in Congress on an issue that the vast majority of Americans oppose (amnesty for illegals). 
  7. If Obama were to fight for some kind of immigration reform that included amnesty for illegals, how could anyone take him seriously from that point on when he speaks of being concerned for working Americans?  How could we take him seriously when he speaks of the need for energy independence when he adds 11 million energy consumers to our ranks?  How could we take efforts to reduce carbon emissions seriously when he adds 11 million carbon emitters?  Mass immigration is a cause whose time is past.  It’s time to get serious about the problems wrought by an exploding population. 
  8. Supporters of  amnesty for illegals should be careful what they wish for.  When Bush attempted to fulfill a campaign pledge to tackle the issue, he soon discovered that any progress was impossible without first securing the border and enforcing the existing laws.  This lead to the biggest crackdown on illegal immigration in decades.  Obama has already proven himself a pragmatist, adopting many of the same approaches begun by the Bush administration in dealing with Wall Street, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He’ll run into the same opposition to immigration reform encountered by Bush and the same rationale still exists – our border is still not secure and the problem of illegal immigration still hasn’t been addressed.  The result might very well be a resumption of the crackdown.  Let’s hope. 

Congratulations to all of the good people of Arizona – its citizens, legislators and governor – for having the courage to act in the best interest of their state and the country, instead of being held hostage by special interests.

10 Responses to Comments on New Arizona Illegal Immigration Law

  1. ClydeB says:

    Well said.
    The problem will not likely be solved until there is a change in the US legislature toward citizen legislators vs. career politicians. I for one am not holding my breath.

  2. MikeF says:


    I ran an article on this subject congratulating Arizona for taking action where the feds refused to do so for 45 years. The comments ran high with emotion that brushed the core issues aside. Such words a profiling, racism, and even a comparison to Adolf Hitler disposing of the Jews materialized.

    As you suggest, the core issue is being missed altogether. Our immigration polices are part and parcel to this Republics foundation.

    I’m posting a link to your site on my current lively discussion.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Thanks, Mike. It’s a point I meant to make in the article, but I’ll make it here: there’s nothing racist or xenophobic about favoring policies aimed at attaining a sustainable population. It’s just common sense.

  3. jasper m says:

    I applaud Arizona law makers for passing legislation getting illegals out of our country. Being a good worker has nothing to do with being here illegally. I’m a good worker too it just so happens I am here and paying taxes on the illegal dead beats using up my tax dollars in social services. The President should care more for the citizens of this country and the hell with the illegal trash that comes across our borders! I know several people who work in our prisons they say about 30 percent are illegals who have committed crimes against our citizens. Another drain on our system! Get all of them out of here illegal is illegal. I wish all the States would follow Arizona lead.

    • Pete Murphy says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jasper. I understand your anger and frustration. However, let’s not speak of illegals being “trash.” No doubt, some are undesirables, but most are good people just desperate to make a better life for themselves. The problem is our government and their inability to appreciate the harm done to our economy and their unwillingness to do anything about it.

  4. Mark Hall says:

    Arizona’s new “get tough” immigration policy stands as testament to the UTTER FAILURE of our federal government to ACT!

    Failure to act for ONLY ONE reason.

    Allowing cheap, illegal and untaxed labor “BUYS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND VOTES” for ALL that ignore it!

  5. Dennis Shamblin says:

    I once crossed the border into Mexico. I cut myself on some barbed wire and went to a hospital. I did not have any Mexican identification but they treated me anyway and said that the citizens of Mexico would pay for it. No they didn’t. I flew to Iran and when I arrived they saw I was from another country and they said “leave him alone, do not racial profile him”. No they didn’t. I went to South Africa and I said I wanted to buy a slave. They asked what currency I would be paying and if I wanted a man, woman, or girl. Yes, they did. America sucks. The rest of the world is better and kinder than us. That is why you do not live in the USA. Yes you do.

  6. While states and local governments nationwide enact measures to curb illegal immigration, a small but growing number of U.S. municipalities are accommodating illegal immigrants by issuing them photo identification cards and driver’s licenses to facilitate life in the country. No proof of legal residence required and no questions asked.

    Princeton, Trenton and Asbury Park, New Jersey; New Haven, Connecticut; and San Francisco issue photo ID cards to illegal immigrants. Washington State and the State of New Mexico allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

  7. Carlton says:

    Comments on New Arizona Illegal Immigration Law ? “Five Short Blasts” Forum

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