Arizona’s new Immigration law may not be the perfect solution to the problems of illegal immigration in America, but this law is the result of frustration by people of a state that experience the problems of illegal immigration. Immigration policies in America do not work. People who should be sent back to their native countries are not sent, and our country is ripe for terrorists, drug runners and anyone wishing to commit a crime in America.
As the memory fades of September 11, 2001, have Americans become complacent about their security and lax in concern about who is here illegally? Does America need an additional tragic event to reawaken to the reality of America is vulnerable to crimes by people who slip-in and quickly depart? Change requires actions, and often actions are not pleasant, but necessary.
Illegal immigrants in this country have a blanket of protection that encourages their presence in America. Lawyers represent them when they have injuries from illegal jobs on construction sites and other types of employment. Criminals convicted of heinous crimes may serve time in prison, BUT who ensures undocumented immigrants are permanently deported from America?
America has laws, laws to protect her citizens and legal immigrants. America should NOT have laws to protect the “rights” of undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are here without permission, without documentation to legally live and work in America. America enforces laws to protect, but immigration laws do not protect anyone except the person illegally residing in America. Residing in America illegally IS a crime, but with a platoon of lawyers protecting their “rights,” expedient deportation is impossible.
Illegal immigrants from Latin countries are not the only people here who are illegal immigrants. Anyone getting off a plane, a boat or enters as a visitor, can easily disappear into the country here, Unless these people seek lawful employment where verifications are performed, they can circumvent the system, pay taxes for years and no one would suspect their illegal immigration status.
In the past, people have argued that undocumented immigrants take jobs that Americans do not want or do. Times have changed, and many of these jobs Americans could take if given the opportunity. Also, if Americans take these jobs in construction or other areas, people who have taken advantage of the illegal status of workers could no longer cheat the American government and would have to pay the taxes and provide the safe working conditions or environments required for legitimate companies.
The other challenge is the availability of bogus green cards and social security cards. America needs a greater level of verification of identity of all residents, no matter the status. Although many people would protest these actions as an invasion of personal freedom or privacy, hasn’t the time come to take actions to begin to self-protect our rights as Americans and legal residents?
Illegal immigrants often flee the scene of an accident or crime for fear of arrest and deportation. As illegals, they often do not have insurance or valid driver’s licenses. Americans are penalized on both points, but because these people are already here illegally, what is one more crime? What about the rights of Americans who have been injured or killed by undocumented immigrants? Who will speak for their husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, children mourning the loss of their loved one?
Contrary to the belief held by people, America does not have a method to deport people in a timely and orderly manner. From Mexico, countless and faceless people slip quietly into America. By implementing and enforcing immigration laws, America could actually protect undocumented immigrants from the abuse they face from coyotes. Without the possibility of work, people will be protected from unscrupulous employers that place them in dangerous tasks, hopefully remaining in their countries to work for social change.
No one disagrees that the places many people leave to enter America illegal are filled with social, economic and adverse conditions. However, with all the challenges America faces currently with high unemployment, foreclosures, health insurance, crime and social issues, America should seek solutions for these problems and not continue to provide an environment that allows people to enter illegally. America should stop trying to change the world, and encourage people to stay in their countries and work for change.
America’s excessive liberal policies need change. Immigration laws need crucial changes. Politicians avoid the immigration policy changes because of the volatile nature of the discussions. Bottom line is these politicians were elected to represent us and to uphold the laws of this country. Do not criticize Arizona for acting to resolve the problems of their state. Although Arizona’s legislation is not perfect, until politicians provide effective enforceable legislation, states will pass legislation for enforcement, safety and protection.