When Arizona passed their law stating that they would essentially do what the Federal government is afraid to do, a political firestorm was ignited. The proponents of illegal immigration began to immediately cry that the Arizona law was denying the non-citizens of their constitutional rights. President Obama even decried the evil intentions of the law. Most likely the most amusing reaction was the call to boycott everything Arizona, including Arizona Iced Tea which is brewed and shipped from Long Island, New York.
The problem with the over the top reactions is that the Arizona law is an exact replica of the Federal law, which the Federal government has been loathe to enforce. The simple fact remains that because the career politicians, from both political parties, have lacked the resolve to actually enforce a law that is already on the books.
As a nation we need to come to a decision that will shape either or our future or our downfall. I do not make this statement lightly. This decision will affect every aspect of our country. The decision is simply this, “Are we a nation of laws, or not?” If we are willing to ignore this law, why bother enforcing any other law? The laws have already been written but we have allowed our elected leaders to ignore them because they see some sort of political advantage.
The first step in solving our illegal immigration issues is to secure our borders. Congress passed legislation over two years ago to construct a fence along our southern border. In typical bureaucratic fashion, they never saw it through to the end. The spineless politicians in Washington DC claim that building a fence several hundred miles long is a difficult task, much too difficult to complete overnight. Their argument is laughable at best. This country built railroads coast to coast, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center Towers, and a 26-mile bridge tunnel. The American spirit is unstoppable when bureaucratic roadblocks set up by career politicians do not hamper it. A difficult task is not impossible unless the task is abandoned altogether.
After securing our borders, we need to enforce the laws concerning employers who employ illegal aliens. The enforcement on employers will cause them to stop hiring illegal aliens. Without a means of income, many will return home or at least leave the country of their own volition. Those that have still refused to leave must then be sent home.
This is not a heartless position; it is a position that is in accordance with existing law. The United States was made up of legal immigrants. In the 1980’s we tried amnesty, and we were told that if we just grant them amnesty now it would solve the problem of illegal immigration once and for all. It did not work then and it will not work now. We need Common Sense solutions to our country’s problems. Again I say, “Are we a nation of laws, or not?” The decision is ours to make, and we need to make it now. On which side of the law will you stand?