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Arizona 1, Obama 0

Years ago, my father used to tell us kids a joke. It seems there were 2 guys sitting in their dorm room at Harvard when they hear a knock at the door. One of them yells out, “Who is it?” The answer comes back, “It’s me.” The two guys look at each other and one of them says, “It can’t be anyone we know.”

(I had to remove a paragraph complaining about Barack’s command of the language when it was pointed out to me that i was in error, and Obama was correct. I’m leaving the above joke in, mainly because I like it. This redaction also requires me to edit the first sentence or so in the next paragraph to make sense, since I had to delete my scintillatingly brilliant lead-in.)

What is disturbing is Obama’s misunderstanding of the constitution and its application to criminal law. Specifically the law passed in Arizona that gives the police the authority to investigate and act upon the crime of illegally entering the country through Arizona. Generally speaking, any police officer, if he has reasonable suspicion that someone has committed a crime, may investigate to determine if a crime has, in fact, been committed. If, after investigation, he has probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a crime, he may arrest the suspect and process him in accordance with the applicable law.

If we look at the Arizona law, we see that what it has done is to apply those principles to the crime of entering the country illegally. Here is the actual wording from the statute:

“FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.”

If a policeman has reasonable suspicion, he shall make a reasonable attempt to determine the status of the person involved. No different from any other crime. While it may have a greater impact on illegal aliens from Mexico, the law doesn’t mention Mexicans. It is not unreasonable, though, to estimate that there are more illegal Mexicans in Arizona than illegal Canadians or Luxembourgers. That does not automatically make the law racist or anti-Mexican. It merely means that since the majority of immigration criminals in Arizona are Mexicans, the majority of people affected by the law will be Mexicans. That’s just arithmetic.

Another section of the same law makes it illegal to smuggle human beings into Arizona. This section specifically targets “coyotes,” who are Mexicans that make a living trafficking in human flesh. I don’t see anyone complaining that this portion of the law is racist or anti-Mexican. Nor the 6 pages of the bill that deal with businesses that hire illegal aliens.

But Congressman Grijalva from Arizona has a slightly different take. According to him, “We’re going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we’re going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law.” Aside from the 1960s language, Grijalva apparently has no problem with human trafficking. Or with illegal aliens. Making me wonder, of course, how many illegal aliens have voted in Arizona elections lately.

Al “I still believe Tawana Brawley” Sharpton has pledged to march with large numbers of aliens, hoping to promote a confrontation between law enforcement and immigrants. One can only hope that Al is an illegal immigrant, and is dispatched forthwith.

Barack Obama has pledged to interfere with the operation of this law.  Obama called the Arizona bill “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.”

Of course, when Obama talks of immigration reform, what he means is some form of amnesty. Almost always in Washington, the debate begins with a focus on how to address the status of illegal immigrants. To the people, especially those in Arizona and the other border states, that is a secondary concern.  Controlling the borders is the top priority. That hasn’t changed since the 2006 immigration legislation collapsed when the U.S. Senate surrendered to public opinion. During that debate, a New York Times/CBS poll found that 69% believed illegal immigrants should be prosecuted and deported. Three out of four believe that the Federal government is not doing enough to stop the flow of criminal immigrants, and a like number believes that the Federal Government should reduce the number of criminal immigrants already in the country.

Once again, however, Obama and his cronies are committed to coming down on the wrong side of the issue. Just like health care, you can count on him doing exactly the opposite of what the citizens want done.

P.S. If you don’t get the joke at the beginning of this post, don’t worry. Obama wouldn’t either, and it didn’t keep him from becoming president.

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