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Patterson: SB 1070 is 'flawed solution to a very serious problem'

Gov. Jan Brewer and her Republican friends have been running around Arizona dismissing concerns about Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070. ... Read more»

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Jun 16, 2010, 6:21 am
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Both parties are rearranging deck chairs and pointing fingers at one another. This is not surprising.

What is surprising is how few people seem to get the obvious truth at the core of the illegal immigration problem: the people buying the drugs and hiring immigrants.

That’s the head of the snake. As long as there’s somebody willing to pay for the drugs and for cheap, exploitable labor there will continue to be people willing to sneak across the border to provide the product.

Remember the law Arizona passed that was going to solve the problem by going after businesses that hired undocumented workers? Businesses fought it vigorously, but lost. Or did they? It seems the battle went subterranean. Last I checked only three businesses had been prosecuted under this law. Clearly, they found a way around it.

And no, it’s not because they have been scared into cleaning up their act. I know a person who was hired by a convenience store in Phoenix and then fired when the owner discovered he was a legal resident. He’d thought he could get away with paying below minimum wage and not paying withholding. Which he did, after he fired my friend and found a Hispanic who was undocumented.

People in this country illegally make great targets for exploitation. They have no recourse, and if they object the owner can simply turn them in to ICE. Problem solved.

As long as we fail to get to and eliminate root causes of drug addiction there will be entrepreneurs willing to meet the need. It’s a highly profitable business, with the side benefit of having no taxes to pay. Cartels now have more money than small countries, and with their resources and ruthless disregard for human life, they operate with little fear of paying for their crimes.

So I’m sorry, Daniel, but the Democrats are no better than the Republicans in this charade. Their approach may be more humane, but when Democrats have been in charge, as they are now in Washington, they are no more effective in solving problems than the Republicans. Both are more concerned with gaining/holding power than risking political capital to actually take bold action.

That would require standing up to exploitive businesses, aka campaign contributors. It would require junking ineffective anti-drug programs and digging deeper to find and address root causes. Both parties are too invested in the status quo to do anything other than enact feel-food legislation, blame the other side and keep on sucking up to their donors.

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Jun 21, 2010, 6:03 pm
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There is a way to dramatically slow down the movement of immigration to Arizona. Remove the scheduling of hemp away from a class one drug. It’s not a drug its a plant thats safer than water. Use it industrially and we could save the world.

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