I know I said I was going to write about flushing my Social Security Insurance savings down the drain or the effect that power has on government, but I can’t remain silent on the Arizona craziness. I was fuming most of the last 2 days as “friends” of mine on Facebook compared the new law in Arizona to Nazi Germany and called those who support it racists. I guess the term “racist” is the go-to slander now for all things not in alignment with Progressive thought. But be warned race-baiters, the more you throw that term out willy-nilly the less effective it will become and the less attention people will pay to actual instances of racism, a la “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.
But it’s not just lefty kool-aid drinkers on Facebook hurling these slanderous and fallacious comparisons. Here’s just a few gems that I picked up from news stories this week:
* “There is now a racial reign of terror spreading across the country and it has to be stopped,” Joshua Hoyt, director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and one of those arrested, told the Chicago Tribune.
* “We cannot go back to the slave trade, slave patrol era, where … free men or African Americans that were free were arrested, put in jail and then sent back to the plantations,” said Juan Carlos Ruiz, advocacy director of the Latino Federation of Greater Washington. – Reuters
* Even some Republicans joined the bandwagon: “This law of ‘frontier justice’ – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause,” said Rep Mack (R) Florida. – The Hill
I feel like I woke up in the Twilight Zone (not the one with Edward Cullen), where a law that makes something illegal a crime is suddenly the same thing as slavery and the Jewish Holocaust.
So let’s all calm down, take a deep breath, and look at the facts.
1. The new AZ law does not allow for race to be a determinant in asking to verify someone is here legally. Matter of fact, it expressly forbids it.
2. The officer has to have had some other lawful reason for coming into contact with the person before asking to verify legal status (i.e. pulled over for a traffic violation or detained for another crime).
3. The vast majority of illegal immigrants in Arizona are from South of the border. So therefore the majority of illegal immigrants affected by this law will be from south of the border. It doesn’t mean that the law targets Hispanics, it means that the majority of the people being affected are Hispanic. A HUGE difference. If I was pulled over and couldn’t provide a driver’s license, green card or visa and spoke little English, I would expect the officer to inquire on my legal status as well. Equal justice means that nobody is too white, black, brown, rich or poor to be subject the law equally.
Roughly 65% percent of Americans support this law according to a Rasmussen Poll. But Rasmussen found in another poll this week that also 65% favor “a welcoming immigration policy”.
Let me ‘splain.