Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Nothing unfair about being ID'd

The race card is being used over and over again by this administration. Obama's campaign mantra of bringing the country together, was just that, campaign rhetoric. He has identified his power source and is hell bent on seeing that as many Mexicans vote Democrat in November 2010 and even more in 2012. He cares not for the legal productive citizens of this country.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., invoked the Holocaust: "The words 'show me your papers' we've known from movies of World War II coming out of the mouth of a Nazi." Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony likened the law to "German Nazi and Russian communist techniques." Joshua Hoyt, director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, declared ". . . a racial reign of terror spreading across the country . . . , " referring to the murderous anarchy accompanying the French Revolution. Others said it's apartheid, all over again.

In comparison with these asinine incitements, people who merely call for boycotts of Arizona come off sounding like moderates. For all of them, I suspect that actually reading the law is too boring or too difficult. Or it would interrupt their flailing about in spasms of political correctness. (The law is Senate Bill 1070, amended Friday by SB 2162.)

The law requires no more than the federal statute that instructs lawful immigrants to carry a U.S. government-issued green card as proof of authorization to live and work in this country on a permanent basis. Or if they're not permanent residents, they need "temporary visas" that allow them to visit as tourists, students or temporary workers.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said "the legislation mirrors federal laws regarding immigration enforcement . . . Despite erroneous and misleading statements suggesting otherwise, the new state misdemeanor crime of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document is adopted, verbatim, from the same offense founding federal statute."

You've got to wonder how Hitler or Stalin sneaked that into American law.

Truth is, the Arizona law is no more intrusive that an Illinois state trooper asking for your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance when you're caught speeding. The number of times that you are routinely and reasonably asked for ID is too numerous to go into here.

Bear with me, because this nuttiness has made it necessary to quote the Arizona law: "For any lawful contact stop, detention or arrest made by a (state or local) law enforcement official … in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation." (My emphasis)

Is it an unreasonable burden to be asked for proper ID when you are suspected of a crime? Of course not, unless you think that entering this country illegally is not a crime.
Read Chicago Tribune article "Nothing unfair about being ID'd" here.

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