Sunday, June 06, 2010
I'll confess some ambivalence over Arizona's new law making illegal aliens subject to arrest, but Donald Douglas has some nice pictures of yesterday's rally in Phoenix in support of the law. The first one is the "best" by some margin.
My guess is the babe with the gun is not likely to be arrested due to the new law regarding illegal aliens. She may be pulled aside for questioning though....
That aside, the new law bothers me since it seems to be both an infringement on all our freedoms (I am supposed to carry I.D. when I go for a jog now?) and did the AZ cops really lack any power to stop someone they had cause to believe was breaking some law?
"As has been historically recognized by the legislature, executive branch, and the courts, state and local police do not have the authority to enforce federal civil immigration laws."
From La Raza itself.
Dawnfire82, Yes, thanks, if I understand it correctly this law breaks new ground in that it now makes it illegal to be illegal, if you will, conferring power on local authorities - rather than federal - to do something about it. I was referring above to cops ability to stop those suspected of breaking a law in their "traditional" realm of law enforcement.
Seems to be most peoples point of misunderstanding hinges on the word “Enforce”. The Arizona law (AFAIK) does not permit state/local law enforcement to hold hearings on immigration law or resident status, grant political refuge, issue green cards, remove illegal aliens to the home countries, or any of the other Federal responsibilities. It is a very simple law that allows local/state to pick up people who are not legally in the country and transfer them to Federal custody at which point they become the Feds responsibility. Most of the whining about the law focuses on elements which are not even in the state law, they point straight through to the Federal law which is contradictory, confusing, and overly complicated. (i.e. typical Federal law).
I’m in favor of reforming the Federal immigration law to make it simpler, more streamlined, and effective. Simply declaring everybody who snuck into the country a citizen is not reform. We tried it before, that’s why we’re in this mess now.