Enough is enough. Can we stop with the silly antics and economic boycotts that those of you on the left are proposing over the so-called “controversial” Arizona immigration law? These tirades just make you look unintelligent as your fellow Americans discern that you are more concerned for those who are here illegally than you are for your fellow citizens.
First, understand that Arizona has a serious problem. Illegal immigrants are coming to the United States in droves across the Arizona/Mexico border. They have become more than a financial burden for our state, costing Arizonans over a billion dollars annually to pay for their health care, education and incarceration.
Has anyone from the bill’s opposition camp expressed outrage over the human suffering that the unsecured border has caused for victims’ families who have lost loved ones via this illegal activity? What about the fact that Arizona is the kidnapping capital of the United Sates? What about those victims? Where is the outcry? Unfortunately, it’s politics as usual.
The most insulting part of the attacks and calls for boycotts is the fact that many of those who are making them either have not read the bill or are simply ignorant. The list of opponents of the bill continues to amaze me. Do Hall & Oats and Shakira really think we care about what they have to say?
What happens when a politician attacks Arizona and SB 1070, but has no idea where Arizona is located on a map? Ask Peggy West, who we like to refer to as “Milwaukee’s Best.”
West, a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and a member of the Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Democratic Party, apparently never had to pass a geography test in grade school. She seems to have no idea where Arizona is. I wonder if she even realizes that Arizona is a state.
West was recently involved in a spirited debate in Wisconsin over 1070, indicating that she is strongly urging Milwaukee to add its name to cities that are boycotting Arizona. She seemingly had no regard to the millions of fellow Americans who stand to suffer financially. West left everyone in a panic as they reached for their PDAs to reaffirm where Arizona is located when she said, “If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”
West has undoubtedly received a Geography 101 lesson from the media since her remarks. But will she now re-evaluate her stance on 1070? Will she now discourage Milwaukee residents from boycotting our great state? I could keep going.
The real victim here is not Arizona... but Milwaukee’s children. West actually serves as a mentor at Notre Dame Middle School in Milwaukee. That’s right, Ms. West, who probably wouldn’t make it through a round on the TV show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” is mentoring the youth of America. That is the true crime.
So, for those of you who oppose 1070, please stop with the antics. Join us in solving the illegal immigration problem that plagues our state. You run the risk of becoming associated with political hacks such as Ms. West, who can’t pick Arizona out of a lineup.
Mike Russell contributed to this report
Michael Weinstein is co-host of the “The Mike & Winey Show” heard at 7 a.m. Saturdays on KKNT (960 AM) or on the web at www.kknt960.com