So-called “racist” Senate Bill 1070 Signed Into Law


Immigration is back in the news, and it feels like deja vu. When I first started working at the radio station in 2005 one of the biggest issues in talk radio, and in particular the show that I was working on, was illegal immigration and border security. Every weekend something new was happening on the border. It didn’t help that there was an election coming in 2006 and candidates were using the medium as a forum. But as of late the issue has gone under the radar a bit in the media. From 2006-08 we were dealing with what seemed like one of the longest election process ever, Lou Dobbs Tonight was canceled and for the last year health care has been in the headlines nearly every day.

About a month ago the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps disbanded after there was fear that a call to arms would lead to violence. Not too long after they disbanded rancher Robert Krentz was shot to death on his ranch by an illegal alien. Frankly, I don’t think one has anything to do with the other, but the timing of the event and the violence associated with it is a bit ironic.

I had a feeling that Arizona would be interesting to watch after the 2008 election, and I’ve been proven right. In 2008 Arizona was unique in that it moved to the right in the both houses and Janet Napolitano left for Washington, leaving the job of Governor to Republican Jan Brewer. Remember that this is coinciding with the election of one of the most left wing presidents in the history of our country. Needless to say, the report for Arizona is pretty good, aside from the proposed temporary tax increase. Governor Brewer recently signed into law the Constitutional Carry bill that allows citizens to carry weapons concealed without a CCW permit and yesterday she signed SB-1070.

SB-1070 is an immigration bill that now makes it a crime under state law to be in this country illegally. Police officers will now be able to ask for proof of citizenship if they have reasonable suspicion during what Republican State Sen. Frank Antenori calls “a lawful encounter.” It also prevents cities from becoming sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is a city that does not enforce or has lax enforcement of immigration laws, therefore, becoming a sanctuary to the illegal alien. It will also have an effect on day labor, “it is unlawful for a person who is unlawfully present in the U.S. and who is an unauthorized alien to knowingly apply for work, solicit work in a public place or perform work as an employee or independent contractor in Arizona.”

The left is angry over SB-1070, they say it allows for racial profiling and discrimination by police officers, and Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva had an inane call to action prior to passage that would have actually hurt the very people that he was claiming to represent.

Sen. Frank Antenori defends the bill on MSNBC Wednesday night.

Rep. Raul Grajalva proposes boycott on Keith Olbermanns “Countdown.”

So what does the bill really say about the issue that Raul and Frank discussed? (I underlined for emphasis)

From SB-1070s:

A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE 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. THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

Sen. Antenori is right when he says that the law enforcement officer must have made lawful contact with the suspect before the officer can ask for immigration status. I’ve never understood why a law of this nature doesn’t already exist. Illegal immigration is a gigantic problem in America, and especially in Arizona. I have no problem with a law enforcement officer enforcing the law.

The left will say, and to a degree I will agree with them, that immigration enforcement is the job of the federal government. But the federal government has failed to do its job, and I have no problem with states introducing laws that aide the federal government. The federal government is simply not as actively involved with the community as our law enforcement officers are, and this does not take away the power of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

Opponents of this bill would have you believe that police officers will be on the look out for Hispanic people, asking every one they see for their immigration status. But it should be noted that race cannot be the sole reason that an officer questions a persons citizenship. If a person is pulled over and they don’t have a drivers license the authorities now have a reason to check on their citizenship, this bill gives them the ability to check, and that’s it. The bill “Requires the act to be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of U.S. Citizens.”

And finally, let me address Raul Grijalva’s boycott.

From KOLD News 13 Tucson:

The congressman announced yesterday in a news release that national organizations of all kinds should reject Arizona as a convention destination. He said on the cable network MSNBC that economic sanctions are the only “consequences” that can be imposed on Arizona for the passage of SB 1070, the immigration enforcement bill that is drawing national applause and criticism. “I’m really surprised that Congressman Grijalva would actually say that,” Mariachi Conference President Tim Escobedo said. While he did not expect the statement from Grijalva, Escobedo believes if SB 1070 becomes law, it could impact the conference. “It potentially could affect us, I think so, yes,” he said.

Rep. Raul Grijalva issued the following statment:

“The governor and legislature are blind to what this bill will really do to citizens, law enforcement and the state economy. Tourists will not come to a state with discriminatory policies on the books. Businesses will not move here. Hispanic workers and taxpayers will leave. If state lawmakers don’t realize or don’t care how detrimental this will be, we need to make them understand somehow. Conventions are a large source of visitors and revenue, and targeting them is the most effective way to make this point before it’s too late. Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process. We don’t want to sustain this effort any longer than necessary. It’s about sending a message.”

Rep. Grijalva actually believes that tourists and businesses will look at SB-1070 and not want to visit Arizona? So his answer to this is to hurt the tourism industry! We cannot overlook the fact that the tourism industry employs the very people that Rep. Grijalva claims to have in his best interest. That is not racist or stereotyping, its just the truth. “Its about sending a message,” the message that you people who are currently employed by the the tourism industry are expendable, for what I perceive to be the betterment of the state.

I have always been in favor of a policy that quickly and efficiently gets good hard working people into the country legally, while doing whatever necessary to keep bad people from entering illegally. What is called by some the high gate and wide fence policy the high fence and wide gate policy. I am not Bill The Butcher, in other words, I’m not a nativist. If not for immigration to this country I would not be here. The left constantly wants to make this about race, but everything on the left is about either race, gender or class. This is nothing new, and it shouldn’t surprise any of us when Raul Grijalva threatens the state with “economic sanctions” over a bill like this. The left needs racism and they need the victim mentality, because they need votes, and by constantly harping on both of the former issues they are sure get them.

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One Response to “So-called “racist” Senate Bill 1070 Signed Into Law”

  1. I agree. I am glad that Arizona acted where the Federal government did not. I am also pretty sure that the lefts immigration reform will allow all illegals to stay because they don’t want to lose the votes of the Hispanic population. I am for legal immigration, someone that enters the country legally and follows the proper steps to become a citizen. I am against anyone here illegally and any business that employs them. It is time to crackdown hard on immigration as it is a problem that costs US taxpayers billions of dollars annually. I can only imagine the fuss that would be made if there were found to be 1,000 or so illegals from the middle east in our country. They would be detained and deported. Why isn’t every other illegal treated the same. We need to secure our borders. Just my opinion and rant. thanks.

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