Monday, June 7, 2010


    The Arizona law S.B. 1070 enacted in May of this year gives police in Arizona the right  in a lawful stop such as a car being pulled over for running a light, the right to ask any person of any ethnic background if they have legal papers for being in this country. People say this will lead to racial profiling and that police will target certain groups but the law is already in effect at the federal level. The Arizona bill would also make it a crime to be in this country illegally as in the  Federal law does. Arizona Governor. Jan Brewer signed the law that mirrors the Federal statutes that are already in place but because the Federal government is not supporting  Arizona with more Border patrol police and detention centers they are forcing the hand of the Governor to make it a state law and state crime.

Federal law states that to "Attempt to verify the legal status of such persons as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status."

    The law just reinforces what is placed in the Federal level but makes it a state matter and places it in the hands of the police. Brockton doesn't have the problem that Arizona has on the border and what the Governor has done was to give the police the authority to enforce the law at the state level. I do not believe this is a state issue but should be left at the Federal level but the Federal Government is not doing any thing about it. Arizona is having a war border with illegal drug smuggling and major crimes committed along the border towns that would resemble something that look like whats happening in Iraq.

    I believe the Governor had no other choice because  President Obama has done nothing about this issue but just sit on the border. If the President read his own Federal law he would realize that Arizona is just enforcing Federal law. I believe this is too much for the state police to take on as they already have their hands full but it is funny now that is has drawn attention to the problem, President Obama pledged to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the southern border. He is putting a band aid on the problem down their and the Arizona people who live there know it and it is funny the President was so critical of the law decides to send troops to the border because he knows that the Governor of Arizona is right. The Federal government forced her hand and now she forced theirs.

    If Brockton which has a high drug and gang related crime that effects our public safety enacted such a law or had the police act on federal law, would it help our problems. Absolutely not! We are not a border state and we don't have the problems as bad as the border towns of Arizona. We would be taking away vital resources in our city just to fight illegal immigration and our problems would become more crime and lesser response times to real time crimes because police are being held up detaining and questioning people about their immigration status and that's the real problem now in Arizona, it will take police away from doing their real jobs and President Obama knows the Federal Government has dropped the ball with this issue.

    I asked if I would come over the border from Mexico to come to America and I say yes I would. The next part of the series is how one comes to America and what it takes legally to come here. I will also look into the actual statistics of how many people come over illegally each year and how that has effected public safety. I agree with the general concept of the law but not at the state level. We in our city have many people from many lands and I ask myself, would I turn in someone who is illegal. It is a crime to harbor an illegal alien and if I knew someone in this country would I turn them in. It is against the law and it is a crime to be in this country. If I knew someone who was in this country illegally trying to make a better life for themselves and their families and honestly working and abiding by all the other laws, I would not.
    I hope we can have an amnesty program and help the good and honest illegal aliens here in this country right now. Support a strong immigration law and build a wall and send thousands of more border patrols down to the south. The people who make it bad for this country such as the drug smugglers need to be stopped and the illegal aliens that have supported America and want to do well need an Amnesty program and once and for all lets address this issue with insight from all sides and move forward because I would too come to America.