*I’m writing this mostly because people keep asking me my opinion.
The new immigration enforcement law in Arizona seems to be the hot topic at the moment. I’ve heard arguments from both sides and I’m not really sold on it either way. There are some specific reasons why I haven’t chosen a side and I think it’s because both arguments have flaws.
To start, one side of the argument states that we are a country built on immigration and that everyone should be allowed the opportunity to come to our free safe haven and live life to the fullest. I don’t disagree with that but doesn’t it eventually get to a point where enough is enough? Every great thing comes to an end. Canada and Mexico were also built on immigration and they aren’t letting in everyone under the sun? Another problem I see with this is that the immigrants that built this country and entered it’s borders did so legally. If people continue to do it legally, I don’t have a problem with that. However, if they come in, live under the radar and only stake their claim to freedom by planting their anchor into the ground (ala a baby), I’m not cool with that. I’m also not cool paying for that baby to live off of the system. I wouldn’t expect you to pay for my baby, so don’t expect me to pay for yours. I don’t care what your situation is, there is plenty of opportunity in America for those of you who work hard, to make it. People in this country have overcome the odds innumerable times. The American dream is limitless to those who push for it and never give up. You have to grab the bull by the proverbial horns and strip yourself of that sense of entitlement you feel you have a right to. Excuses and entitlement are for pussies. If you want socialism, move elsewhere. Wait.. elsewhere won’t have you.
The other side of the argument talks about how this new law in Arizona can only be enforced through probable cause. If you commit a crime, or draw attention from a cop, they can ask you for your papers and check the status of your citizenship. This sounds reasonable and I feel like a lot of people are greatly overreacting to this or that they don’t fully understand what this law is. However, I see a problem with this and it is born out of personal experience. The term “probable cause” is a loose one at best. In my youth, I was pulled over many times simply for being young, in a sports car, with several people usually of several different races. Even times that I was alone walking down the street, cops would find ways to question me. Probable cause can be invented and then the police can have free reign from there. I was pulled over just so the cop could try and get me with a DUI. He said that I was swerving, which I wasn’t; I didn’t have a drop of alcohol in my body. I have also been pulled over for having a tail light out but then been told, “Oh.. well it seems to be working fine now.” And I’m just a white kid. Most cops are decent guys but we all know many who are dicks and out to show off their wee bit of power. I don’t trust the police to do the right thing in every case. I applaud the good ones and support them fully but there are always those that are a walking abuse of power.
Another argument I hear, going back to the first side discussed, is that Americans are not going to work the menial jobs and if we had no illegals, much of the work in this country would not get done. I think that this is a reflection of illegals taking those jobs and creating a sort of stigma related to those jobs. Most Americans look at hard labor as beneath them now. The father of a starving family is now seemingly too proud to work these jobs because the system makes it too easy for them. The work ethic in this country is shit. Pure and fucking simple. Don’t kid yourself. We also don’t know poverty. What we deem as poverty is fucking laughable.
I think that the real problem is that security on our borders is not properly enforced. Now I’m not completely naive and assuming that our borders can be secured, that’s ridiculous and a big waste of money to even attempt. However, we’ve got troops stationed all over the world in places that they don’t need to be. Some of those troops could be better utilized defending our border towns from these asshole drug cartels that continually invade our soil and kill American citizens and Sheriffs. No one should stand for that and that is what people need to be outraged about. They talk about a War on Terror but when our neighbor brings it to our door, they look the other way or turn the problem over to time-wasting, budget-swelling bureaucrats. That alone should make you question why we are even in the wars we’re in. It certainly isn’t over weapons of mass destruction. My tirade against war is for another blog however.
There is no right answer for this issue as far as I’m concerned. Boycotting Arizona is fucking retarded and immature. Don’t make the people suffer because you’ve got a beef with their leaders. There are many in Arizona that see it your way. The majority is for the law but many still oppose it.
I believe that the Arizona law was created with good intentions but it wasn’t thoroughly and intelligently formulated. I also think that the people that are hardcore opposed to it, don’t really understand it. They are jumping the gun and paranoid. Then again, with FEMA camps popping up everywhere, that paranoia might be justified. Our government hasn’t been too trustworthy in recent years and they really aren’t concerned with us anymore.
In my honest opinion, this Arizona thing is an experiment. There’s more to this than they want you to know.