Obviously in some cases, the government has ultimate power and that unless it’s defined as a jurisdiction of the federal government, the power goes to the states for them to legislate. That’s civics 101.
But this isn’t really working all that well. And by not working, I mean the feds (non)action on illegal immigration.
I feel that if the federal government is not upholding their duties that they themselves have put in place, then the states should be allowed to take over, especially if the issue impacts them directly while it’s not so concerning for those in big white neoclassical buildings who aren’t out there living in these border towns (and now spreading even farther and all over the entire country. I’m sure there’s even a couple of illegals in Alaska) facing the problems of illegal immigration every day.
Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislature weren’t doing this out of prejudice. Arizona has a serious problem with illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.
And what’s very significant, is that Brian Terry died in Arizona.
I think it’s at the point where, who care’s about these illegal immigrants? I don’t care if they want a better life and just need to get here by all means possible. I’m a fan of immigration, LEGAL immigration. I love the fact that I was born in a country that is a beacon of hope to people around the world. But I feel that if you respect this country enough to want to live here, you should have the respect to come here legally. If you love this country so much, why would you want the first thing you do here to be entering illegally? I just don’t understand that.
So I don’t care about these illegal immigrants intent. Just because our huge border is above some third world countries doesn’t mean that people can just waltz right in (I love saying “waltz right in”). Not only is it illegal and disrespectful to this nation, but it’s frankly unfair to every other person in this world that wants to immigrate but has to go through the proper channels because they don’t have a border right above them. I’m sure at least half of Darfur would love to come here, and probably some people in Greece and Spain, and even N. Korea also.
And then of course we have the job situation and the economy situation. This election is all about jobs jobs jobs (as it should be), but taking care of illegal immigration can take some burden off of our job market. Which the courts could have assisted with but SCOTUS turned down the part dealing with illegal immigrants acquiring jobs here.
I know this country was built on and by immigrants, but this isn’t 1650 anymore. We need to take care of this problem. I don’t know how it has become politically correct to not enforce illegal immigration laws and to believe that we should just let these people into our country and take our jobs and so on. For the past 150 years or so, immigrants have been required to go through an official immigration process. Their migration needed to be recorded (thank God for ancestry.com and ancestry.com thanks God for that) and many immigrants were turned back after spending their life savings to legally come here.
What’s happening now is just unacceptable.
And if the federal government won’t do their job, states like Arizona should have every right to deal with the issue themselves, because they’re the ones on the front lines. And people like Brian Terry are the ones literally on the front lines who are getting hurt and killed and trying their best. We can’t let these people get hurt and die in vain.