Every nation has an explicit right to protect its borders and ultimately its citizens. If we are to believe the official version of 9/11, we can clearly see what can happen to a nation when it does not control their borders. However, committing human rights abuses against people already in the country does not nothing to protect our borders.
Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, is a bad bill, a very bad bill as it commands police to target “Mexican looking people, for possibly not being American citizens. For every Hispanic driver, or any other driver who may appear to be Hispanic, being pulled over for violating the speed limit will no doubt elicit feelings of fear and paranoia as they hurriedly search for their driver’s license, car registration, proof of insurance with the hope that they can convince the arresting officer that they are, indeed, an American citizen. Woe to the Latino driver, who was in a hurry one morning and accidentally, left their wallet on the kitchen table.
Interim Governor, Jan Brewer has proven that she is little more than Ev Mecham in a skirt! Although Arizona does not recognize daylight savings time, Governor Brewer has managed to reset Arizona civil rights clock back to 1990.
Does anyone remember when,in 1990, Arizona was given the chance to observe the MLK holiday? Under the leadership of then Arizona Governor, Ev Mecham, Arizona failed to do so and subsequently lost the Super Bowl to Pasadena, Ca.
In this Back to the Future scenario, one has to wonder what is next for this Latino version of “Jim Crow” legislation? Will Arizona witness the re-implementation of the malevolent 1942 Japanese relocation Presidential mandate? Will the already unconstitutional DUI roadblocks morph into a “papers please” nightmare for Hispanic Americans? Are we really proud of the fact that we have placed every Hispanic into a second class citizen status? However, this is Arizona and whether the issue is trampling property rights, providing required educational and mental health services, and protecting the integrity of Arizona elections, Arizona’s political leaders routinely trample on the Constitution. Nobody should be surprised that SB 1070 is now the law.
What are the boundaries for this latest Arizona legislative foray into political insanity? Are we really going to deport Mexican adults who have parented children who are legal American citizens? If memory serves me correctly, didn’t America once separate the families of slaves in the pre-Civil War South? And now we want to repeat some of the most shameful acts ever committed in our nation’s history?
Before one mistakes me for a bleeding heart liberal who thinks we should have totally open borders as we race headlong toward a one world government, let me clearly state that the our border should have been controlled decades ago. I am the son of an immigrant which entered this country through legal channels. Therefore, it should not be surprising that I believe that nobody, and I mean nobody should have ever been admitted to this country without going through our well-established naturalization process. However, to promote a law which, if truly enforced, could lead to a “Trail of Tears” mass deportation, with all the evil associated with such a practice. This bill begs to be decried for the racist practice that it represents. Who are we?
Who’s to blame for this travesty? The immigration issue did not just surface. Corporate America, for decades, has coveted these hard working and seemingly endless supply of undocumented cheap laborers. The multitude of political prostitutes which serve in Arizona’s key leadership positions have sold their votes to these same corporate interests and have routinely and consciously prevented and even encouraged the mass importation of undocumented immigrants. Let’s not forget about NAFTA which bankrupted 3 million Mexican farmers and left them with little choice than to seek employment north of the border.
The poster child for the great political bordello that we call Congress and their subsequent abrogation of their duty to control our borders would be none other than John McCain. For years, John McCain has been treating both Arizona and our country in the same manner that he treated his first wife. He has sponsored the various free trade agreements, both CAFTA and the FTAA legislation, which will eventually bring over 100 million new immigrants to our country. Has anyone asked where we will get the money to build the needed schools, hospitals, highways and to water these people? McCain, no doubt, catered to corporate America by helping them obtain a permanent supply of cheap labor in the hope of securing massive corporate funding from grateful businessmen who would gratefully fund his presidential campaign. In March of 2010, McCain told the Arizona Republic that he agreed with Homeland Director, Janet Napolitano, in suspending the funding for the virtual border fence. Shortly after McCain’s public support of suspending of funding for the border fence, Southern Arizona rancher, Rob Krentz was murdered by an illegal alien. One month later, McCain is telling the media that “border security is our top priority.” Of course this is an election year and like any good street walker, McCain is looking for support wherever he can find it and he is betting on the public’s ignorance in overlooking his most recent flip flop.
You bet there is plenty of blame to go around. There can be little doubt that Jan Brewer walks the same sleazy streets as does John McCain. Brewer is banking on the 70% of Arizonans who want their border controlled by signing the unconstitutional SB 1070. She’s trading votes at the expense of allowing political and racist persecution to rule the day. Someone should have told Madame Jan that there is a difference between controlling the border and putting a target on the backs of Hispanics. (Don’t automatically assume this is an endorsement for Terry Goddard. I’ll have a lot more on his leadership in the weeks to come.).
The presence in our country of 20 to 30 million undocumented people clearly illustrate the principle that possession is 90% of the law. In other words, what is done is done, they are here and are firmly entrenched. We are not going to deport a half million illegal aliens unless we aspire to the same historical designation that we afford to such despots as Hitler and Mao. If Brewer was truly sincere about controlling the border, she would recall our National Guard troops from our two wars of occupation, and station them three feet apart on the border.
Sometimes, what the Arizona Republic (AKA the Arizona Pravda) doesn’t report is more newsworthy than what do they report. What is unreported, in Mexico, is the noteworthy news that the drug cartels are forcing the local police to resign in droves because of the threats against their families. This has left most large Mexican cities in a virtual standoff between the Mexican Army and the deadly cartels under a cloud of martial law. Phoenix already leads the country in meth trafficking and kidnapping. At the end of the day, we will likely have to choose between an endless supply cheap labor and preserving domestic tranquility and containing the cartels and their illicit activities at the border.
Governor Brewer, should put troops on the border and she should do it now! The memory of Rob Krentz demands no less. However, SB 1070 will not bring Krentz back to life. To my fellow citizens, of Hispanic heritage, I apologize to you for the biased, ignorant actions of my home state’s political leaders. Today, I am ashamed to tell people that I am from Arizona thanks to our politicians. This is just one more example of why all Americans need to vote out all incoumbents in the next election.
Please join me in voting out all politicians who have milked us for far too long. Turn out the incumbents in 2010!
Dave Hodges is the host of The Common Sense Show which airs every Sunday night from 9-11pm central on the RBN (www.republicbroadcasting.org)