Sonoran lawmakers say returning citizens are a burden

Sonoran lawmakers say returning citizens are a burden

You can’t make this up. On the heels of Eric Holder condemning Arizona’s SB 1070, which he HASN’T READ, comes a verbal lambasting by Sonoran officials. A delegation from the border state recently traveled to Tucson where, whining (in Spanish), they explained that the law “will have devastating consequences.” Returning countrymen will apparently burden schools, compete for jobs, stress social services, and cease the practice of sending dinero across the border to benefit their economy.

This from representative Leticia Amarano-Gamez (in Spanish): “How can they pass a law like this? There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona. Mexico is not prepared for the tremendous problems it will have as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns without jobs. We are one family, socially and economically,” she said of the people who reside in Arizona and her state.

She is nuts. We are not “one family.” To be outraged that their own citizens will cease to burden their neighbor and, in turn, transfer those burdens to themselves, is muy loco. How do you say, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” in Spanish? It’s high time we redefined “logic” and did so in American terms.

Greg Halvorson is the founder of Soldiers Without Boots, and hosts The Soldier One Radio Hour on Blog Talk Radio.