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What's at stake if Supreme Court rules for SB 1070?

If the Supreme Court gives its blessing to SB 1070, the nation will return to a time of deep division, likely cleaved once again along regional lines.
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Apr 6, 2012, 1:31 pm
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By signing into law the most restrictive anti-immigrant piece of s…

That’s where this author lost me.

However, I’ll answer the question. What’s at stake? Well, our sovereignty and our laws being taken seriously, for one. I for one would enjoy that, personally.

Next, those who cry about immigration reform…our existing laws are just fine, if they would actually be taken seriously and enforced the immigration system would be OK. SB1070 ensures that we would finally start headed in that direction.

Also, perhaps it will set precedent. It’s time that government at all layers adopted an attitude of enforcing laws. If you don’t like the laws, get them changed. If you do like the laws, then enforce them. But having laws that aren’t enforced is senseless and hypocritical. Selectively enforcing laws is a Sixth Amendment violation. Perhaps this might be the catalyst for having laws that reflect our values, our ideas, and our sovereignty.

Apr 7, 2012, 11:21 am
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I have heard that the bureaucrats in Washington are going to chase down income tax violators. That anybody who has found to owe $50.000 in back taxes are going to have their travel privileges revoked. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would permit the State Department to repeal, reject or limit passports, other travel documents for anyone the IRS certifies as having a serious delinquency tax issue. So if the government needs all that extra money to reduce 16 trillion deficits, much of it accumulated by the Obama Administration, do they not cut of welfare programs to foreigners? Why don’t they begin this hunt, by going after illegal aliens who are fraudulently collecting tax credits for themselves and the children? $4.2 billion annually is worth the investigation of this nationwide felony that would go a long way to aiding our sick veterans and homeless.

Stop this travesty that is bypassed by the Senate and House. Close all the loopholes in the law, which is pandering to the illegal alien invaders. Punish the Politicians, Governors, Mayors and the whole mix of elected officials that are harboring foreign nationals, who have implemented Sanctuary cities ordinances, who have driven policies of Dream Acts, Chain migration and another catastrophic Comprehensive Reform packages. The U.S. citizenry must step forward and adjoin with the TEA PARTY “THE PEOPLE’S PARTY” to stop the erosion of legal rights, which are being reduced by this administration. Both parties have abused immigration enforcement, by neglecting the fence and the incompetence of acknowledging that ID theft is out of control, that every foreign worker is committing a felony by using U.S. victim’s Social security number and identity in the majority of cases. The illegal alien occupation are racking up over a $100 Billion dollars a year, with no end in sight.

The Justice Department led by the notorious Attorney General Eric Holder and his Inquisitors have used the courts, to try and emasculate the States of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, as their own ineptitude to rid America of the illegal alien blight, whether calculatingly or not? My guess if Arizona’s law passes as constitutional under the court ruling a lot of states like Mississippi, will be crying foul, as hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens will be rapidly on their doorstop. THEY WILL BE HEADING FOR YOUR STATE TOO, READY TO PILFER YOUR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. Readers should insist that their politicians in Washington pass a mandatory E-Verify law. By prosecuting businesses that do not authenticate their workers, we would soon start to free-up jobs for Americans. Don’t you think it’s time to call your Representative at 202-224-3121 in Congress?  USE every enforcement program available, includingSecure Communities’ and the 287 G policing.  The most astronomical physical expenditures are thefoothold baby citizenship,’ which desperately needs to be amended.

You can also learn more of the Obama government ignoring your Constitutional rights at NumbersUSA. Www.numbersusa.com. Even better explore the American Patrol www.americanpatrol.com website that the Democrats and Liberals don’t want you to view. This really is an eye opener of a daily menu of articles from the press both national and rural, which gives you a glimpse of the illegal alien problem and so much more. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and even Ron Paul, would be stunned to the amount of unfunded mandates, place upon every American of free programs allocated to foreigners and not to citizens and residents.

Apr 7, 2012, 2:36 pm
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My guess is that both commenters to date are ... white.

Boys, you just don’t seem to get the problem with SB 1070 and similar legislation: it’s that enforcement is predicated on race. Are you “walking while black/brown”? Show us your papers. Are you illegal and white (I’ve known a few)? Carry on.

Hitler had a problem in Germany (and conquered Europeans lands): it was impossible to tell Jews from Christians. So he made them wear yellow stars, and in some cases tunics. Spot the Jew. And then round him up and ship him out.

Few question the legitimacy of national laws (in any nation) that protect citizen employment and social services. But SB 1070 explicitly nurtures state-sponsored racism. Why not have a level playing field? Why not have roadblocks downtown, and demand that everyone show their papers? Why not implement a national ID card (most nations have one) and require that everyone have one and produce it on demand?

As an expat American I have carried host country-issued ID cards for the past 23 years, as required by (host country) law. I have been asked to show that card on numerous occasions, certainly because I have been racially profiled (I’ve spent those 23 years living in countries where I’ve been a member of a tiny racial minority – white people). As a result, even though I’m white, I have a very good understanding of what it’s like to be stopped by the police for “walking while black/brown”.

Go ahead and wrap yourselves in the flag. But we see who you are.

Apr 8, 2012, 10:10 am
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@Roberto De Vido

You don’t see who we are…you just see what you want to see, based on what idiots like Raul Grijalva instruct you to see. Now stop reading my comments and go read the law. If you don’t see mention of color…no, you didn’t miss it. You don’t see it because it’s not there.

Apr 8, 2012, 1:44 pm
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“If you don’t see mention of color…no, you didn’t miss it. You don’t see it because it’s not there.”

Of course it’s not there. That would be low hanging fruit for the Justice Department. But because it’s not there, the law is unenforceable (as a number of Arizona law enforcement officials have noted).

Seen in the best possible light, the law is a straw man aimed at obtaining additional federal border control funds; seen in another light, it is a coded green light for racist law enforcement officers to stop, arrest and deport brown people.

Apr 9, 2012, 2:18 pm
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seen in another light, it is a coded green light for racist law enforcement officers to stop, arrest and deport brown people.

Help me out here…how is a cop going to deport a citizen or a legal resident, and why would he want to?

Apr 12, 2012, 6:52 am
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I find it interesting that the recession has prompted more illegal immigrants to pack up and leave than any policy Brewer has tried to enact.

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