Let it known that the Arizona Tea Party members are not going anywhere. Large numbers of activists and just regular citizens turned out on Sunday to address border control, illegal immigration and the dangers facing people who live and work in border towns.
Republican candidate for the Senate J.D Hayworth who is challenging current Senator John McKain, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addressed the crowds who gathered on a private ranch to support the new laws in Arizona which are attempting to control the mass numbers of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico into Arizona making life difficult for these border towns.
Many people naturally expressed their support for straightening current laws and they wholeheartedly support checking the legal status of residents when stopped or under arrest by law enforcement. One onlooker commented
:”I am constantly showing my ID at the border, why shouldn’t everyone be ready to show their ID?”
Most in attendence echoed that sentiment. Legal residents are happy and willing to be quizzed on their status here.
Posters read” “Mister President … Secure This Border For America.”
According to the AP press one figure stood out from the rest.
” Among those speaking at the rally Sunday was Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his tough enforcement of immigration laws in Arizona’s most populous county. He said immigration enforcement goes far beyond the nation’s border and the Mexican Government should welcome U.S. border patrol or military forces to go after drug cartels south of the border. ” Don’t just say border enforcement, that’s a cop out,” he said. “Let’s say lock them up in the interior.”
Another important issue was the way many residents feel like prisoners in their own hometwon. Terrified to live there as bands of criminals cross their backyards daily, AP press quoted one lady who summed up her situation
“Betsy Bayley, 55, a stay-at-home grandmother in Hereford, said she has felt less safe in her home during the past two or three years because she’s seeing more drug smuggling.”
“My government should protect me so I can feel safe on my own property,” said Bayley, red white and blue beads strung around her neck as she huddled for shade against the steel fence. “That’s my right as an American. I should feel safe on my own property.”.
As the economy staggers and Mexico inches closer to chaos, Americans like the Tea Party Supporters are beginning to feel the drain and strain of unwanted visitors in their backyard. Today they came out in hordes to disagree with the current ruling which restricts the ability to quizz undocumented people, and to express their frustration that the last few administrations have not cracked down on border secuirty.
The group which was gathered about 70 miles west of Nogales is only one of many big happenings planned for August in the Arizona heat. Later this month a rally is scheduled in Tuscon headed by Conservative leader Glenn Beck.
The Tea Party igores their critics who smear them as right wing radicals and continues to roar as they lobby for more members,including the swing party voters,capitalizing on the anger of people who feel they are ignored by President Obama’s liberal stance on most issues.
People do want change it appears, and one of those changes is living in your homestead without fear even if means adjusting your right to privacy— Arizona Tea Party advocates seem to feel that way as they tire of watching their state invaded by others. Strict law enforcement is just a necessary evil to fight drugs, gangs, and crime lords who have promised to take over these towns .