By ALEX JONESSandusky High graduate attending Ashland University
"Because the worst of all worlds is when you pretend like you have an immigration policy, you make coming into the United States without our permission illegal, and then you actually don't enforce it." - Tom Tancredo
Arizona has passed an immigration bill that allowed police to check to make sure immigrants are legally in the country.
Police have to have reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal immigrant, and can only ask about the citizenship of a person during "lawful contact" with that person.
For example, an officer cannot stop a person simply for being a possible illegal immigrant; the person has to already have committed a crime.
As a whole the bill mirrors federal law in what is legal and illegal as far as immigration goes, it only makes being in the country illegal a state offense as well. In Arizona, a state with widespread illegal immigration, this bill is very popular, but a storm of debate is brewing throughout the country over this new law.
Those who are opposed to this bill mainly say that it will breed racial profiling. This is yet to be proven; the wording in the bill makes it clear the only time an officer can question citizenship is if there has been an offense already.
Most of the claims seem to be unfounded, and we will have to wait and see if there is any racial profiling that comes out of this bill.
In my opinion, this bill is necessary. Good for the state government for stepping up to the plate and tackling this tough issue. This needs to be the event that makes the federal government wake up and realize it cannot ignore this issue any longer.
There are an astronomical numberof illegal immigrants living in this country. God bless them for wanting to improve their lives and their conditions, but they need to do so by coming to this country legally and working to become full citizens of this nation.
The federal government needs to step up to the plate and either reform the immigration laws, or enforce the laws that are already in place to the fullest extent.
Do not take me as someone who wants all immigrants out of this country. That is the furthest from the truth.
Our nation is a nation of immigrants, and immigrants have driven this country now for centuries, but one cannot ignore the fact there is trouble that comes from coming to this country illegally. That is why it is illegal in the first place.
America needs to welcome with open arms those who are looking to better themselves. If we believe that we offer the best way of life, then we are obligated to offer that way of life to all, but on our own terms.
All the best to Arizona. I hope the bill works with great success, and proves to our federal government that controlling our borders is not as hard as it might think.