"Mr. Obama, speaking at a White House Rose Garden naturalization ceremony for 24 foreign-born members of the US military, said that continued inaction on federal immigration reform would "open the door to irresponsibility by others." The Arizona bill to which he referred would require police to check the residence status of those they suspect of being in the country illegally, something Obama said "threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."
In signing the bill Friday afternoon, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) called it "another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis that we did not create, and which the federal government has refused to address," adding that the people of her state had been "more than patient in waiting for the federal government to act" on immigration reform." CS Monitor
I am on record here with a couple of unlikely but heartfelt ideas about the border/immigration/illegals problems:
1. De-couple residence and economic activities from citizenship between the US and Mexico. In other words we/they can live anywhere we want in the two countries, can own anything we want and take our money wherever we want. You would pay taxes in the country(s) in which you made it or lived. This would have nothing to do with citizenship. In this plan if you wanted to become a voting citizen, you would have to go through whatever process the receiving country prescribed. I suspect that few Mexicans would want US citizenship. they just want the money.
2. Merge the two countries; one flag, one constitution, one set of police forces, one set of armed forces, one IRS… No? I thought not.. Same thing – the money is what is wanted.
So, what are the objections to the Arizona law?
Federal legal supremacy in immigration policy and border control? I suspect that the argument on the part of Arizona will be that this is not "immigration law." It is enforcement of the legal status of individuals within Arizona.
The advocates of "comprehensive immigration reform" say that they want justice for the poor people in the United States who are not properly "documented." They become quiet when asked what should be done about stopping the continuing flow of undocumented migrants across the borders. Congressmen, lawyers, activists and clergymen of this type (I am thinking of Mahoney) should be asked if they think the US has the right to control movement across its borders Put another way, do Mexicans have an inherent and natural right to move to the US simply because they wish to do so?
"Profiling?" OK. Reluctantly I have come to think that the time has come for national ID cards. pl