Arizona Immigration Law – Is There Reason To Protest?

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Published on June 17, 2010

The United States has immigration laws. Many, if not most American support developing a strategy for stopping the flood of illegal immigrants. Americans have been calling for immigration reform. Unless you’ve been in a cave, you’ve heard the news that Arizona has a new immigration law. It seems to do the same as thing as the US Federal immigration law. But there are protest against the Arizona law.

Is there a reason to protest?

Check out this very clever email I received.
(It’s got the chain letter nonsense at the end of it (which I hate,
but decided to publish the ending as is.)

Does it accurately explain the mentality of the protestors?

 

Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Arizona is addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

 


Certain people are angry
that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into
this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly
understand the thinking behind these protests. Let’s say I break into your house.  Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.

 

But I say,

‘No! I like it here. It’s better than my house. I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

 

According to the protesters:



You are Required
to let me stay in your house.

You are Required to feed me.

You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan.

You are Required to educate my kids.

You are Required to provide other benefits to me & to my family.

(My husband will do all of your yard work because he is also
hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part).


 

If you try to call the
police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my
RIGHTto be there.


It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself.  I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house and what a deal it is for me!!!


 

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you
can do about it without

being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.


 

Oh yeah, I DEMAND
that you learn
MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me.


Why can’t people see how
ridiculous this is? Only in America!  If you agree, pass it on (
in English). Share it if you see the value of  it.

 

If not blow it off……… along with your future Social Security funds, and a lot of other things.

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  1. June R

    I generally do not have time to respond to e-mails – but in this case I feel so strongly about the issue that I had to respond. Let me start by saying I do agree immigration laws have to be addressed.

    However, the problem with the Arizona and Immigration- Simplified e-mail is that it is not simple at all. In fact the issue is really not about immigration.

    It is about law enforcement agents having the right to stop individuals wherever they are and demand they provide proof they are in the country legally. Who the law enforcement agents choose for this random inquiry is based solely on the officer’s discretion. Practically, in my opinion this amounts to racial profiling. Anyone with “brown” skin in Arizona is now subject to random searches and the added requirement of making sure they carry legal documentation of their citizenship with them at all times.

    This is not the American way. It is, in my opinion, the beginning of a walk down a very slippery path where our constitutional rights are open to interpretation and definition by people who do not look like you and I and do not have our best interest at hand.

    In fact to frame the argument as an “immigration dispute” is very clever and insidious by design. It is the beginning of an erosion of our rights as Americans and an attempt to redefine our psyche. Let’s just scare the American people into giving up their freedoms – one by one.

    There are a lot of angry “Americans” out there who are angry about the loss of jobs and the lack of money and would much rather blame their circumstances on anyone else other than themselves or the people they elected. Just look at the Tea Party movement or listen to any conservative radio talk show host. Most participants identify themselves as “proud Americans”. What does that mean? I would argue that is just another way of saying I am a white American. Who should the proud “American” blame for their economic pain? Who is the enemy? The answer: anyone who doesn’t look like them, live next to them or share their way of life.

    The erosion of freedom happens in small steps over time. “Justifiable” measures taken to “protect us” by themselves seem innocent enough unless you are able to connect the dots. The danger is that by the time you are able to connect the dots it may be too late. Don’t think it can happen – just ask a holocaust survivor.

    June

  2. James A

    As long as our government refuses to punish business owners and other employers for inviting foreign labor into our country, I will not participate in any denigration of the people who come into the country to take advantage of the opportunities that they see here.

    It’s just plain wrong.

  3. James A

    I actually heard one person come front and center and call for punishment of the employers.

    In CA they used to call the “Green Bus” at tax reporting time so they wouldn’t have to report on the taxes they had collected from the Illegals. This was every quarter.

  4. Fred

    As far as I am concerned, being an hispanic male too, there is no such thing as racial profiling by the police. I can prove it too…
    If you are white and pulled over in a predominately black neighborhood like 35th and Brown in Milwaukee at 2am where there is a lot of drug and prostitution activity, that isn’t considered racial profiling…
    If you are going to call it “racial profiling”, then do it for EVERYONE.. EVERY RACE.
    Let Arizona enforce a federal law already in place…..
    Has America become that complacent or just stupid?

  5. John L

    Luckily, I live in Texas and if you tried to pull the breaking into my house thing, you would be shot and killed. I don’t have to give you the option to leave. I wouldn’t even have to do you the courtesy of announcing that I was going to shoot.

    That said, I would tend to agree with June R on almost all of her post with the exception of :

    1. “this amounts to racial profiling.” — Yup, and in this instance, just as the weeks and months following 9/11 is a necessary thing. How much sense does it make to ask a blonde haired, blue eyed individual for their papers??? (I KNOW that some exist, but what is the frequency of that description occuring in the racial profile?)

    and

    2. ” . . . is now subject to random searches and the added requirement of making sure they carry legal documentation of their citizenship with them at all times.” — Come on now. An “ADDED” requirement?!?!? A drivers license or state ID is sufficient and should already be something you carry with you all the time.

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