Front Street

Saturday, May 22, 2010


And who can blame them? The situation was desperate!! So, Governor Jan Brewer was forced to do the job of the federal government─she signed a bill that allows the police to demand the papers of anyone reasonably suspected of being in the country illegally. Since this law is aimed at illegal immigrants from Mexico, the police are almost certain to bend over backwards to avoid any suggestion or racial profiling and will as a matter of fairness, stop and frisk the odd Scandinavian, Canadian or Asian. The law may seem absurd, but its harshness is no laughing matter. It has prompted wide spread outrage, but mostly from those individuals who don’t live near a porous border.

Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and they share a border with Mexico. There is an understandable nervousness over the drug-fueled mayhem that has been taken place in Mexico almost daily and some of it spilling into Arizona...such as a rancher was murdered not too long ago and people being kidnapped and held for ransom and home invasions─all drug related! Bottom line, we need Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but fast! The Obama Administration had better pay attention to the conditions that produced that Arizona Law!!!