Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 12:00 a.m. MST
Yesterday it the federal government came out with results of an investigation on
this sheriff. He regularly discrininates against latinos. When confronted with
this, instead of looking at his practices to see where he could improve, he
accused the federal government of hurting the nation by coming out with this
study.Thank goodness the federal government does involve itself in
what conservatives would consider to be states affairs, otherwise the south
would still have slaves, Jim Crow laws would exist all throughout the nation and
sheriffs like this Arizona sheriff would be allowed free reign.
Am I reading the Deseret News?
The funny thing is that the Federal Government only cares if a state is trying
to enforce Federal Law. However, if a state decides to make laws that ignore
federal law the Federal Government ignores it.Why would the Federal
Government only go after states that are saving it money by enforcing federal
laws? Is there some sort of alterior motive involved here?
Illegal immigration is against the law. What is wrong with these officers
enforcing it? Seems to me the Feds are the ones pushing lawbreaking by not
enforcing these laws.
"By turning police officers into immigration agents, it distracts them from
needed local law enforcement..."If illegals were removed from
Arizona they would have the funds to hire more law enforcement."Latinos understandably fear that any contact with law enforcement may
land them or a relative in deportation proceedings."Latinos
will never turn their kind in, illegal or not."The problem with
Arizona's law is precisely that it sets out to tell the Department of Homeland
Security how to do its job."That's specious. Arizona's law
simply enforces federal immigration law."It allows Arizona
police to decide who is to be deported..."Not so. Arizona
police merely identify illegals in the normal conduct of law enforcement duties,
turning illegals over to federal authorities for action."The
reality is that the federal government doesn't have the manpower or resources to
deport the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the
country."And since the federal government doesn't have the
manpower, it should be more than excited about help from states. It is fairly
obvious that direction from Obama to go easy on illegals is pure and simple a
political decision to garner the Hispanic vote.
@cjb:"Thank goodness the federal government does involve itself
in what conservatives would consider to be states affairs, otherwise the south
would still have slaves..."Slavery still exists... Immigrants
are paid slave wages which they willingly accept. However, this depresses wages
to the point where Americans can't take the work and go on unemployment.Send illegals home and wage levels will rise to a point where Americans
can again become employed, removing them off the unemployed.
Re: "The reality is that the federal government doesn't have the manpower
or resources . . . . For that reason, the Obama administration has set clear
priorities that focus on deporting criminals who pose a risk to
communities."What a cynical and transparent prevarication!If the real reason the feds won't enforce their own law had anything to
do with resources, they'd welcome assistance of state authorities -- just like
they do with enforcement of federal environmental, drug trafficking, securities
regulation, banking, and host of other laws.Resources are the very
last thing on the minds of the political hacks and flacks in charge of the Obama
administration "Justice" department, as evidence by the millions spent
each year to assure the law is NOT enforced.
Whenever I'm in maricopa county I am glad I look, well, 'canadian'.
Your stand on illegal labor is very transparent Deseret news.
Part of the AZ law has already been approved by the Supreme Court. States and
local governments may create ordinances that suspend or revoke the business
license of employers of illegal aliens. States and local governments like
Washington County that create such ordinances (E-Verify) will soon have fewer
illegal aliens in their communities since jobs is the primary magnet. After most of the illegal workers have gone elsewhere and law enforcement
removes the criminal element such as drug dealing, producing fraudulent
documents, etc local communities will be able to deal with the rest of the
problem. If the state passes an enforceable E-Verify law that
suspends or revokes business licenses of the employers of illegal alien, the
number of illegal aliens in Utah will decrease dramatically. When these illegal
workers leave the state, or don't come in the first place, Utah taxpayers will
see a very significant savings.
This editorial is not a letter to the editor of the Deseret News. Rather, it is
the editorial of a newspaper of a city that is several hundred miles away, which
the Deseret News is choosing to import -- with no side-by-side counterpoint --
into its newspaper. Thus, the Los Angeles Times' opinion arguably
may be considered the Deseret News' opinion, as well. My opinion is
that it is a shame that the Deseret News and its owners would adopt or share an
opinion that consists almost completely of purposeful falsehoods and distortions
from beginning to end. What the papers really are concerned about
is the possibility of legitimate state policies of enforcement of Federal
immigration law interfering with rogue Federal policies of non-enforcement of
Federal immigration law. Such enforcement at the local level is
exactly what is needed. It invites not a shred more abuse than any
other law or ordinance.Even if the papers' dishonest implication --
that Arpaio's efforts have been worthless -- were true, he still is doing the
right thing by the law, by the U.S. Constitution, and by the American people.
But, then again, these two newspapers don't seem to share this
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