Hero? Villain? Daugther of Hitler?
Governor Jan Brewer (Sonoran Weekly)
While her performance ratings are up–a double-digit increase over the past few weeks, there are many who hold her in high contempt. Their rhetoric drips with hatred and has a very uncivil tone that otherwise would not be accepted. Daughter of Hitler? Wow! Invoking the name of the infamous German dictator is enough to cause offense but attributing his tactics and thinking to a duly elected government official in the United States? Unbelievable! Even more unbelievable that there is not an outcry against the hate-mongers who are attacking the governor.
It’s not as if she’s pulled a Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi on anyone. No, the law was properly passed and enacted and is the official law in Arizona.
The need for such a law is apparent. A 2008 Pew Research report estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the US. Others estimate that number to be closer to 20 million by now but that can’t be confirmed. The US Department of Labor reports 15 million Americans are out of work. Going with the smaller Pew number of 11.9 million and assuming that all or most of those illegally here are working, imagine:
- Only 3.1 million Americans out of work rather than 15 million
- Income tax from an additional 11.9 million workers and the impact on local, state, and national economies
- A higher national GDP and a stronger American economy
I would suggest that Governor Brewer is more a patriot than hero or villain. Her state sits at the main gateway to the US and that gate is open rather widely. Isn’t it about time that someone does something?
While opponents say it’s the Fed’s job to police immigration issues, Washington sits by and plays backroom politics, skirting the issue. President Obama’s administration has just this one thing to enforce to improve the job situation for Americans—yet nothing is being done.
On the other hand, the man in the White House hasn’t satisfactorily shown proof of his birth here either. No, that 2007 laser printed document from Hawai’i means nothing. Point is that if we can’t expect Washington to demand proof of citizenship for the highest office in the land, why would we expect documentation for the roofer, landscaper, migrant farm worker, etc., etc.?
OK, in the spirit of fair and equal representation, we have a Constitution for a reason. It guarantees that we won’t be stopped and searched without just cause. Maybe that’s not exactly the wording, but close enough. We cannot trash the 4th Amendment to help bolster the economy. That begs the question: What is “unreasonable search”?
If a person was stopped for driving a vehicle in a reckless manner—perhaps weaving in and out of lanes—and the officer observed that the person spoke with a foreign accent and was not dressed in a style common to that area, would it be unreasonable for the officer to suspect that the person is not a local resident? Probably not. Now, let the stopped driver not speak a word of English. OK, add to that either no American drivers license or a license that looks suspiciously fake. The person has no passport (not many people drive around with one in the car). Would it be unreasonable for the officer to try to determine who the person is or where he might be from? Again, probably not.
So this person is in Bangor, Maine, and speaks Russian. Problem?
How about an Iranian in Pocatello, Idaho?
Now, how about a Mexican in Phoenix, Arizona?
President Barack Obama (Getty Images)
Should the accent, apparent nationality, or location matter? I suggest not. But if the problem is in Arizona—and there’s no doubt that there is a problem there—should the government there turn a blind eye?
Should the government turn a blind eye to ANY illegality that it has within its powers to observe, question, and resolve?
Obviously a rhetorical question on my part but Governor Brewer is there in Arizona and knows what’s going on. The other 49 states and their residents may want to consider how what she’s doing there benefits all of us AND upholds some sense of law and order before anyone condemns her.
We shall see.
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