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A perfect Analogy for Arizona’s Immigration Bill SB1070 June 6, 2010

Posted by emuleman in Thoughts.
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My latest irritation is all the emotional turmoil surrounding Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070.  I would just like people to actually read the law, and then they can honestly and respectfully discuss it.  To see the actual bill just click here.  To start to compare it to Nazi Germany is such an insult to the millions of people who died in the war.  I cannot stand the misleading statements from both the media and from some political figures.  The President and the Attorney General of the United States have also engaged in untruthful comments about the law.  We have state and city governments voting on boycotts, Constitutional challenges, protesters and lawsuits.  It certainly has become a hot issue.  Let me give you a summary of the law.

  • The Arizona law simply enforces existing federal laws.  Now Arizona police can actually enforce laws that are already on the books.  Obviously the reason for this is because the federal government is not enforcing the law effectively in Arizona.  The new Arizona law simply states that violating federal immigration law is now a state crime as well.  Because illegal immigrants are by definition in violation of federal immigration laws, they can now be arrested by local law enforcement in Arizona. No new actions.  No new powers.  No new nothing.  Simply enforcing federal law, and absolutely nothing else.
  • The law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime.  Before asking a person about immigration status, law enforcement officials are required by the law to have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant.  The concept of “reasonable suspicion” is well established by court rulings. Since Arizona does not issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, having a valid license creates a presumption of legal status.   The same thing happens to me when I get pulled over, they ask to see my drivers  license or identification card.  This is not a new, radical concept or law.  Police have been asking people for identification for many years.
  • The law prevents employers from hiring illegals, and prevents people from being hired as day labor off the street.  This again is only allowing Arizona to enforce the federal law.

Again I just find it amazing that people are getting all worked up about this.  Federal law already exists, but the Federal government does not enforce it.  Arizona has a huge immigration problem.  They finally decide to pass a law that allows state officers to enforce the federal laws.  It is the federal government’s irresponsibility that has finally caused Arizona to take charge and protect its citizens.  I just wish California would also stand up and protect its citizens, but in my opinion that will never happen.

To sum it up I found a real good Analogy that helps to take out all the emotion from this subject that I would like to share. Analogies are very often useful to assist people in understanding your position.  I would very much like all opponents to Arizona’s Immigration bill SB1070 to read this analogy.

If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland , or on an airplane, and when you got to your assigned seat, and someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would be properly asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, and they would not be able to produce one. They would be called “gate crashers” and they would be properly removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In section AZ, of Stadium USA , we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 sections, and even many in our own section do not want tickets checked, or even be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for so I am going to proudly show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it. Such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Gordon, US Rep. Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would proudly do, then you must be condoning those illegal activities.

Tom Moody
United States citizen
Globe Arizona

I would also like everyone reading this to participate in a poll to see if you agree or disagree with Arizona’s new immigration law.  Please know that your vote is confidential, and I only want to see if this poll will accurately reflect the latest Rasmussen poll of Arizona’s citizens.  71% approve of this law in Arizona.   Please check back to see the results as more people vote.  Also please refrain from voting more than once, thank you.

Please also feel free to leave comments below, whether you agree or disagree.

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Comments»

1. ChrisIsRIGHT - July 11, 2010

That is a GREAT analogy. I’m interested to see how the federal lawsuit will play out. On one hand, the supremacy clause holds sway. On the other, AZ hasn’t superseded the supremacy clause in my mind, they’ve simply allowed enforcement of federal law.


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