Arizona: A Sad State of Affairs

Life is good if you’re an illegal alien and have made it across the border. “Olly Ollyborder crossing Home Free”!. Your job outlook is much improved, there are some wonderful entitlements that await, emergency room professionals are standing by to deliver that precious “anchor baby”, and you have the open arms of a federal political system with it’s uber- compassionate minions to castigate anyone or any state that would try to stop you. 

Certain groups of misguided Americans have even gone so far as to set up three entire states that call themselves “Sanctuary States” for illegal aliens; Oregon, Maine, and Hawaii. Granted, giving sanctuary to illegal aliens that have made illegal entry into the U.S. is still illegal but what the heck, the term Sanctuary City/State simply describes a practice of deliberately ignoring the law. It has no legal meaning. In these places of “sanctuary”, illegal aliens from any country may roam about without stigma and unfettered by bothersome legal details, dine at the table of entitlements while elected officials thumb their noses at established immigration statutes and law enforcement officers are handcuffed to do much about it. And shame on you if you are one of the law abiding, legal residents footing the bill socially and economically for such hospitality, you need to keep a lid on your frustration lest you be labeled a bigot, hater, or even worse; a tea party person.

Arizona is ground zero for our immigration crisis. Its residents (the legal ones) are fed up. Apparently they have not enjoyed their #2 ranking worldwide for kidnappings (Phoenix is second only to Mexico City). Or maybe Arizonans social dismay can be attributed to these crime stats: The numbers don’t lie.

Illegal aliens represent only nine percent of the population in Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix) however they are responsible for approximately 22% of the crimes committed. (

33.5% of those sentenced for manufacture, sale or transport of drugs.
35.8% of those sentenced for kidnapping.
20.3% of those sentenced for felony DUI.
16.5% of those sentenced for violent crimes.
18.5% of those sentenced for property crimes.
44% of those sentenced for forgery and fraud.
85.3% of those convicted of criminal impersonation or false ID.
96% of those convicted of human smuggling

Why is the rest of the country up in arms shouting about human rights and discrimination? Easy. Because most of them don’t live in Arizona where the illegal alien problem has become a life and death matter, far eclipsing the less violent, more benign socioeconomic problems that it has caused in the past. The second reason stems from a national mob mentality that usually accompanies an ignorance of reality. Predictably, the omnipresent court jester of this mob genre, Al Sharpton, was quick to book round trip airline tickets to the warfront recently when he heard national media microphones and cameras were being set up. Apparently he saw it as another chance to deal some ‘cards’ or ‘bait’ a hook. Pick your cliche. One has to wonder if these same people would be so obliging if Al Qaida or the Taliban suddenly took notice of how easy the Mexicans make their incursions look.

This squeal really isn’t about discrimination or human rights. If it was, then the existing federal laws that contain the same provisions for border protection would have come under fire long ago by the human rights crowd. Strongly supported by its own citizens, Arizona simply decided to get serious and take things into their own hands to protect themselves. DC politicians bridle at Arizona’s action because frankly, it exposes Washington for what it is; feckless. Tagging Arizona’s actions as racist has predictably diverted attention from  their own ineffectiveness. The Constitution places the responsibility of protecting our borders specifically on the shoulders of federal authorities; a duty they have not carried out with a zeal commensurate with the situation at hand.

After reading the law in its entirety, BasicMan has to say it’s difficult to figure out where Governor Brewer is out of bounds in regard to doing as a state what the federal government has failed to do. Below is the specific verbiage from the law that is causing such a revolt.

“For any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town of 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.” (Arizona Republic

Bravo to the likes of Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They both get it right. There are no free lunches, laws are made to be enforced, crossing a border requires permission and illegally doing so carries consequences that Arizona is more than willing to exercise. While Sheriff Joe has long taken criticism from outsiders in connection with his reputation for being a no nonsense law enforcement official, Gov. Brewer is now the one taking flak for her actions in the best interest of her Arizona constituents.

Gov. Brewer recently took a page from Sheriff Arpaio’s playbook and spoke truth to power with regard to the confused stand the Administration has taken on immigration and specifically, President Obama for his recent jokes about the Arizona border crisis

“While the president is making wisecracks and playing racial politics, some groups have suggested that Arizona be punished for enforcing laws that our federal government has failed to enforce — that is misguided at best,” Gov. Brewer said. 
She suggested those that wish to boycott Arizona businesses — Boston, Los Angeles, etc. — visit the state to witness firsthand the conditions that produced the law. 
… “Our nation’s government is broken, our border is being erased and the president apparently considers it a wonderful opportunity to divide people along racial lines for his personal political convenience.”

Maybe Arizona should designate themselves a ‘Sanctuary State for American Citizens. A border state where the Constitution is upheld and citizens can live free from the political correctness of a federal government gone mad, free to enforce existing laws regarding southern border incursions, and confident in state government to do what is necessary to provide for the safety and well being of its legal residents.

Were Arizona to do this it would actually be a great experiment into how the Founders actually viewed the concept of states rights and its stature when placed in context with federal mandates and the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Maybe they could throw in free bus tickets to a nearby “Sanctuary City for Illegals” (San Diego or San Francisco immediately come to mind) for any alien  crossing into Arizona by mistake .


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