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ARIZONA: Armchair conscience

Letter by Gene Harvey, Puyallup on May 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | 36 Comments »
May 27, 2010 12:47 pm

The rarefied air of political correctness continues to provide steroids for America’s propensity to identify with those we perceive as victims. The Tacoma City Council’s armchair vote of conscience against Arizona’s revised law to manage an out of control illegal immigration is a case in point.

Those who bother to read the law would discover that safeguards that address their main objections to the bill are in place. The Arizona law is modeled on the Federal law but, unlike the Federal law, has built-in safeguards that address the possibility of racial profiling. Even so, the concern now is “the possibility” of racial profiling.

Every nation has the right and responsibility to manage their borders. Those who have not eventually learn the error of their ways. With benefits come responsibilities. In our permissive society there is much more focus on “rights” than on responsibilities. To believe showing one’s identification of citizenship is an intrusion on one’s rights flies in the face of reality.

If I or any other person is suspected of a crime, the first thing an officer of the law will do is ask for identification. When we travel in Mexico to visit members of our family, we have to carry papers identifying us as authorized visitors. If stopped, we must show our identification.

Arizona is acting on behalf of their citizens because the Federal Government continues to dither over whether or not to control our borders. Only after this occurs can we sensibly orchestrate guest worker programs.

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