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You being here illeglly doesn’t make me a racist!

Posted by Jim Rector on April 26, 2010

Just because I agree with Arizona and think drastic measures must be taken by individual states, that DOESN’T MAKE ME A RACIST! There, I got that off my chest. It just means I think it’s OK for states to start doing what federal law already says must be done. Our immigration laws must be enforced. If the Feds won’t do it, or don’t have the stomach to do it, then the states, especially the border states must take enforcement into their own hands. The level of illegal encroachment into our country is unsustainable and dangerous and must be stopped. If you are caught here illegally you must be sent back. If the Feds would do their job and protect our borders (Which, by the way is something they could do and actually be fulfilling their Constitutionally mandated duty.) we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

President Barack Obama on Friday called Arizona’s law “misguided.” My question for him is “how so?” The new state law, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday, will send local police to detain and interrogate individuals about their rights to be in the country and create state criminal penalties for immigration violations. In signing the law the Governor asserted this was the correct step “as we work to solve a crisis that we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.” Excuse them for “illegalizing illegality.”

Obama also stated that he instructed the Justice Department to study the law’s impact on U.S. citizens’ civil rights. Huh? How would this law impact citizens civil rights? Is simply asking for ID a violation of civil rights? I think not. I’m challenged daily to produce ID. The only ones threatened are those here illegally. And they should be threatened. They should be scared of being caught and prosecuted and sent home. As an American citizen that’s what I want. The “fairness” should be that my money doesn’t get spent on illegal aliens medical care, welfare, and education.

None of this makes me or the citizens of Arizona racist or anti-immigration. I love diversity and enjoy conversations with folks who come from different cultural backgrounds. I can sit mesmerized for hours talking to immigrants from China, Lebanon, Iran, India, and yes even from Central America. If you want to be in the U.S. and want to come in the legal route then I welcome you with open arms. The problem is the open borders crowd what to “legalize illegality” and demonize those who are against them.

I’m glad to see Texas getting in the game in Farmers Branch and would love to see the Texas legislature get on board with some Arizona type legislation.

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