Cranky in Arizona

I’ve been struggling with this immigration law enforcement issue in Arizona. On the one hand, I see that illegal immigration is a real problem on lots of levels:

  • Taking jobs from legal residents and lowering the overall level of salaries in those industries where illegals are used.
  • Influx of people who draw on services with no ability to pay for them either out of pocket or through paying taxes since so many are paid under the table.
  • Lack of accountability since they can’t have a driver’s license, car insurance, etc.
  • Influx of people who come in by breaking the law which among some indicates a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it is outside the law of the land.

On the other hand, I see the pitfalls of the law for ordinary citizens of Arizona who are legal.  People could be harassed because they have dark skin or an accent.  I knew an Irish man once who had his brogue to the day he died, so some people just don’t lose that.

I wonder how many of the people responsible for pushing the law use illegal immigrants to build their homes, feed their kids, and clean their yards.  There is a degree of hypocrisy in the debate that can’t be escaped.

So I wonder what the orders will be for the Arizona cops,  are there going to be undercover leaf blower stings?  The new federal lawsuit will be interesting to watch.  It will inevitably end up in the Supreme Court.  Does a state have the right to secure its borders?  Interesting question when the federal government has proven unwilling or unable to do so.
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