Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bizarro World, or Worse?

As everybody with an IQ knows, the U.S. government does not enforce its own immigration laws when it comes to people sneaking in from Mexico...and in proportion to their numbers, those illegal immigrants engage in much more crime than people who come here legally.

As a result, areas on our southern border are awash in problems that people from other parts of America can barely comprehend. Arizona leads the U.S. in kidnappings, and 70 percent of its kidnappings involve illegals. Phoenix has the second highest kidnapping rate of any city on the entire planet. Illegals account for more than one in five of Arizona’s felonies, and more than four in ten of the Phoenix area’s fraud and forgery sentencings.

Because the federal government does not do its job to prevent and turn back illegal immigration, Arizona recently stepped up and enacted its own law, empowering its law enforcement personnel to do something about the problem. For the most part, its law mirrors the ignored federal law, and where it diverges it does so by offering more civil liberties protection than federal law.

Arizona stipulates that when there is a “lawful stop, detention or arrest” of somebody for whom “reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.” In plain English, this means that if somebody is approached or arrested for breaking some other law, and the police then see something that suggests the suspect might be here illegally (for example, a car is pulled over for speeding and none of the occupants has a driver’s license), then they are allowed to try to figure out if the suspect is here illegally -- if they think it is practical to try. Conversely, federal law does not require that there be any suspected law-breaking before people can be asked to prove their legal status.

Arizona’s law goes on to state that police “may not consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection.” In other words, it explicitly forbids racial and ethnic profiling, which are not forbidden by federal law. Yet, federal leaders are acting as though it is Arizona’s law, not theirs, which ignores civil liberties.

President Obama had the audacity to claim that when Hispanic parents take their kids out for ice cream, Arizona law enforcement personnel can ask them to prove their identity for no other reason than the fact they look Hispanic. Attorney General Eric Holder depicted the law as being constitutionally unsound, even though he admitted he has not read it.

All the while, MSM talking heads have drawn comparisons between Arizona and Nazi Germany by saying that Arizona is allowing its police to demand that people “show their papers.” If only those talking heads knew that it is federal law which states “every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration receipt card issued to him.”

If common sense is your guide, these initial reactions to Arizona’s law are the stuff of Bizarro World. But things got even more bizarre when Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, came to D.C. last week.

For the record, before Mexico will allow people to move there, it mandates that they have a certain amount of savings, have certain work and language skills, and prove they are in good health. Once they arrive, Mexican law limits their freedom to speak and to purchase land. And, Mexican law calls for deportation of immigrants, even legal ones, whose presence is found to be changing the nation’s demographics (in other words, Mexico will kick them out if not enough of them are Hispanic).

Further, Mexico requires its police to “demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country before attending to any issues,” and calls for foreigners to be deported if their legal presence can not be proved. Amnesty International recently issued a report which said that illegal immigrants in Mexico “are preyed on by criminal gangs while public officials turn a blind eye or even play an active part in kidnappings, rapes and murders,” and that they “are facing a major human rights crisis leaving them with virtually no access to justice, fearing reprisals and deportation if they complain of abuses.” (emphasis added)

Those are the facts about the country Felipe Calderon leads, yet Calderon did not bat an eye when he described Arizona as “violating the human rights of all people.” Then, last week, he addressed the United States Congress and said that Arizona uses “racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement,” and a large number of Democrats responded by giving him a standing ovation. Also last week, in a joint press conference with President Obama, he called Arizona’s law “discriminatory” and Obama not only let him get away with the slander, but tacitly agreed with it.

Can you imagine any president before Obama allowing the leader of a corrupt, human-rights-violating government to stand on our soil and vilify one of our own states that has done nothing wrong? Can you imagine Leonid Brezhnev standing beside Ronald Reagan, falsely accusing Vermont of allowing discrimination, and Reagan not standing up for Vermont?

There are only three possible explanations for this inanity: 1) We really are living in Bizarro World; 2) Obama is so meek and morally befuddled that he is less equipped to lead than my five-year-old daughter; or 3) Obama agrees with our adversaries, and therefore does not care to defend the founding principles of the nation he swore to protect.

It is disturbing that the first possibility is the most preferable, and frightening that the second one even exists. But it is downright terrifying that of all these possibilities, the third one is most likely to be true. As I have said before, Barack Obama is simply not fit to be president of the United States.

Much thanks to Bill Bennett, Seth Leibsohn, and Mona Charen for brining the crime statistics to light, along with the language of the Arizona and federal laws.

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