I for one wish such a bill was not required but the Federal government’s apparent inability to enforce the border, Congress’ refusal to initiate genuine immigration reform, and sanctuary supporting politicians hindering lawful enforcement of immigration laws made this bill a natural outcome. In Arizona, many of us are tired of what’s become of our state: a haven for illegals, smugglers, kidnappings, car theft, and other immigration problems related to Mexico. Arizonans are tired of having their concerns ignored in favor of illegals and worse financially suffering as a result. Adding to the support of this bill is anger over the murder of rancher Robert Krentz on top of the murders of American citizens in Juarez.
The bill would make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not have an alien registration document. It also would require police to question people about their immigration status if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the country illegally.
Other provisions allow citizen lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal for people to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.
Are there problems with the bill? Potentially, yes. But to automatically label it racist and discriminatory is silly, but never the less a common tactic used by the sanctuary law-breakers and their supporters to silence those who no longer will excuse criminal activity and actively oppose it. Regardless, the legal challenges will begin soon, likely to end up being decided in the Supreme Court whether it is constitutional or not given the liberal 9th Circuit the state resides in.
“So it’s not only the obligation of the federal government to secure our border,” he said. “But also the states cannot afford to take a lot of the measures that then 10-point plan articulates.
Aside from renewing the call for additional Guard troops along the border, the package includes:
– Putting an additional adding 3,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents to the Arizona-Mexico border by 2015;
– Adding another $60 million in funding to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for costs related to illegal immigration and drug smuggling;
– Completing the entire 700 miles of border fence, with double and triple fencing at “appropriate locations” along Arizona’s southern border;
– Increasing the number of unmanned aerial vehicles and provide the resources to operate them 24 hours a day.
They also want additional federal cash to fully implement Operation Streamline in the Tucson sector, a process of quickly dealing with border crossers and jailing them rather than simply deporting them back to Mexico. Kyl said that system has almost entirely dried up illegal border crossings in the Yuma sector.
A stop-gap measure at best until genuine reform and enforcement are implemented in the United States. The issue of immigration is not served when sanctuary supporters like LA’s Cardinal Mahoney make inane non-existent parallels like claiming the bill is akin to Nazi tactics.