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State immigration laws shouldn't be ignored

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Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 12:26 pm | Updated: 3:35 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

As the Arizona Legislature joins other states in toughening immigration policy, I swear I can hear a giant yawn from the citizenry. Will even one more law make a difference in regards to our immigration boondoggle?

The latest effort is Arizona Senate Bill 1070, said by some to establish “the toughest immigration laws in the nation.”

It requires law enforcement to comply with federal immigration laws and basically empowers such action, which includes seeking proof of citizenship and citing those who block traffic while picking up undocumented laborers. A new law to enforce old laws.

Consider this: For decades, hundreds of thousands of well-meaning, intelligent, public servants have tossed around this problem and yet, where are we? No place. Nada.

Clearly, there are those who wish to keep the issue in crisis mode rather than abide by laws. And, it must be noted: Neither party, when in control of Congress, has chosen to close borders and fully empower prosecution of law breakers. Why? What don’t we know?

What laws we do have, and there are more than I ever want to count, are not enforced. And when poor Sheriff Joe tries to do his thing in regards to enforcement, he gets mauled by the watchdogs. Scarred and ragged, he still manages to keep up some level of fight. But, the drums concerning this sheriff beat louder. As if his colorful personality doesn’t cause him enough trouble, his detractors are circling, watching for ways to bring down his stubborn hide.

Then, there are those who accuse our legislators of being racist and against any kind of immigration. Oh please. These critics fail to cast their vision beyond the personality of the illegals who are caught in their own behavior.

To those who use tired sticks and stones, no matter how big a heart you have, note that it is through “law” that we stay free; through law this marvelous nation survives. Wisdom is needed to sustain its survival.

In a recent report, one East Valley clergy member described the problem as “nativist division.” He claims that our legislators are “anti immigration.” It’s bizarre, the very people who are teachers of God, the Author of multiple laws, don’t appear to understand the importance of sustaining the law. These activists are so close to the personal pain of those who are trapped by their own illegal choices; their hearts take over where perspective needs to prevail. The rescuers then become enablers. God is many things, but He does not enable broken behavior.

As I’ve previously noted, anything Arizona can do to establish its sovereignty, I support wholeheartedly. Few states suffer as we do over the flood and occupation of illegals. But, if the Obama administration succeeds in its intentions to grant amnesty to an estimated 11 million undocumented residents (some estimates run much higher), there’s a good bet additional state powers will be useless.

The Heritage Foundation points out that Obama amnesty is needed to bulk up American unions who have influence in Washington. The Foundation says such action “comes at a time when the effectiveness of America’s current border security, interior enforcement and visa policies remain uncertain at best.” They call for Obama to fix the system first, then look at what to do with non-citizens.

Clearly, the fact that millions of Americans are looking for work doesn’t faze Obama’s desire to legally add millions more to the long, unemployment lines. It’s truly a bold attack on this country’s economy and further downgrades middle class wealth.

But why? And why does this very same issue cross back and forth between Democrats and Republicans, between administrations? What is it we don’t know?

In the meantime, Arizona offers up one more set of laws — to be ignored.

Turley-Hansen lives in the East Valley,

is a syndicated columnist and former Phoenix veteran TV anchor;

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