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SB1070 & the Tea Party...

The national media outlets and leaders of certain minority communities are blasting the airwaves and internet with “legal opinions” about the new immigration law and even suggesting boycotts against Arizona — ironically most of these comments are from people who are not from Arizona. Like so many other issues that we conservatives find to be important, the leftist controlled media has distorted what SB 1070 will do.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government may challenge Arizona’s new law, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, said Arizona’s new immigration law could siphon federal money and staff needed to go after truly dangerous immigrants.

I want make one thing very clear here….Gov. Jan Brewer did not write federal immigration laws that require permanent residents to carry green cards, or make it mandatory for employers to check immigration documentation. Washington did.

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen stated on a blog that “The federal law is very clear, if you are here on a visa you must have your papers on you at all times. That is the law. In Arizona all you need to show that you are a legal citizen is a valid driver license, MVD identification card, Native American Card, or a Military ID. This is what you need to vote, rent a car, or to use a credit card when shopping. So nothing new has been added to the federal law.”

SB1070 requires police officers, “when practicable,” to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials, unless doing so would hinder an investigation or emergency medical treatment. It also makes it a a misdemeanor to not carry immigration papers. In addition, it allows people to sue local government or agencies if they believe federal or state immigration law is not being enforced. Some opposing the bill state that Arizona doesn’t have the right to enforce this law, but according to a blog post by Attorney Walter Moore:

In 1983, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — you read that right, the Ninth Circuit — concluded, in Gonzales v. City of Peoria, 722 F.2d 468, that, “Although the regulation of immigration is unquestionably an exclusive federal power, it is clear that this power does not preempt every state activity affecting aliens.” Rather, when “state enforcement activities do not impair federal regulatory interests concurrent enforcement is authorized.” The Court accordingly held “that federal law does not preclude local enforcement of the criminal provisions” of federal immigration law.

No one is going to be stopped on their way to an ice cream parlor or walking down the street. The Liberals who are in power in DC are angry because we dare try and do something about the problem. They want the “Transformation” of America that President Obama has talked about to continue.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) did an analysis of the latest Census data which indicates that Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is currently costing the state’s taxpayers about $2.2 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. In 2020 that number is estimated to rise to $3.9 billion. Those costs do not include Special English instruction, school nutrition programs, or basic welfare benefits.

To put this into perspective, the proposed Prop 100 sales tax that has everyone in a frenzy will raise about $1 billion annually from the private sector. Illegal immigration clearly costs Arizona taxpayers more than any proposed tax hike. So I ask you this, if the Tea Party movement is about lower taxes and fiscal responsibility; should we or should we not get involved in this debate?

Bottom line, we can’t afford to pay for the illegal population that is here now . This administrations push for Amnesty will tear this County, this State and our Country apart. Amnesty will be a genie that cannot be placed back in the bottle.