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What does Arizona’s law have to do with individuals’ rights?

As it nears the end of July, it would be hard to imagine anyone that hasn’t heard what is going on with the controversial law in Arizona. The SB1070 was due to go into effect tomorrow, July 29th. Legal challenges were filed against the law including one by the United States Department of Justice questioning its compliance with civil rights law and its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton today has *blocked the most controversial parts so those parts of the law from going into effect. However other parts of the law will go into effect tomorrow. Read the ruling here. The SB1070 law either way, has already had quite an impact nationwide.

Although this law is set to take place in the state of Arizona, many other states are looking at enacting similar type laws as well. In Florida, the Gubernatorial Candidates have gone back and forth on where they stand. Bill McCollum in April had been quoted saying, “I think Arizona has its own unique problems. I don’t think Florida should enact laws like this — quite that far out.” He has since released a statement which in part says, “I support Arizona’s law as amended, and if the federal government fails to secure our borders and solve the problem of illegal immigration, I would support a similar law for Florida.”

How would a law in one state have an effect on every other state? The immigration system, however poorly it may be viewed has been a federally handled system. It has been handled systematically across the states. This has been very evident to not be appropriate for many reasons and there are obvious changes that need to go into effect. There needs to be a complete overhaul or total reform of sorts. This needs to have been done in the past but certainly it is long overdue.

Although something may be done with the best of intentions, the citizens’ rights may not be completely protected and when the rights of individuals start getting taken away by laws that were not voted on by voters but instead put in place by politicians who are trying to get re-elected, individuals need to really take a step back and understand that somebody has at one time had to earn these rights, fight for their freedoms and remember that a person’s rights and freedoms shouldn’t be so easily discounted when decisions are being made.

Everyone has a right that just as easily can be taken away with reasons that can begin to be argued. It comes down to which side of the “issue of the moment” someone is on.

Arizona is just the beginning…. Watch Out!

Has Arizona’s crime problem come to the point they need to take the law into their own hands? That is the question. That is not the only thing really going on here though. There is so much more under the surface of what is going on. This is like a long line of dominoes and the longer “Arizona” is able to continue lining up those dominoes without having a stop put to it before they all fall down, the worse the situation can get.

Let me explain.

Arizona is saying their biggest problem is the border and the immigrants, actually the illegal immigrants coming across that border. It can’t be denied the illegal immigration is a problem and what the United States has done to this point hasn’t been working. The question here is what is Arizona’s reason behind this law? What are their future plans? What comes after this law has been in effect for a while? Read on.

Governor Jan Brewer signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, otherwise known as Arizona SB1070 on April 23, 2010.  If you haven’t read the law, I urge you to do so. Not to get a negative or positive opinion of it but the knowledge of what the law says and stands for. Most people are hearing about the law, talking about the law but haven’t read the law.

Certain parts can be explained about the law, for example; the law says a person can only be asked for their identification if they have been pulled over in a traffic incident or are already doing something wrong but if you read the law closely, parts of it are directed toward a certain group of laborers as well. These laborers are most always immigrant laborers, legal or illegal. It is directed. It is also directed at those that will be in the country over 30 days whether visiting or on a study visa or there for whatever reason, they have to register (which I am fine with that) and have their I.D. on them at all times. If for whatever reason they are with someone or in a situation and they are asked for that I.D. and they don’t have it, then they risk being arrested? Let me point out that this is for anyone that looks fits the image they are saying could be an illegal immigrant. This person could be a fourth or fifth generation U.S. Citizen. You can look Hispanic and not even be Hispanic. You can be Hispanic and not even look Hispanic. You see the loopholes here?

The idea here for Arizona, they say, is to find illegal immigrants but they haven’t said how they are going to handle the people that just don’t walk around with their I.D. Think about it. If you look like who they are looking for which in this case is “Illegal Mexicans” and I don’t get that either because Mexico itself has citizens that have diverse look? I don’t know, I guess Arizona’s government and police know who they are looking for. However, in either traveling or living how many times do you go places without your I.D.? Well, legal or not, you better make sure you have it on you in Arizona or just don’t visit Arizona.

The second problem is this. The Arizona Governor is making it sound like the majority of crime is being caused by the same people they are hoping to “root out” by this law. So, she makes it sound like these are ruthless individuals, gangs and members of drug cartels. Could this not be something that could turn out to be dangerous and violent for the police and the citizens of Arizona? What happens if something occurs during one of these situations where an officer is trying to prove immigration status? Someone reaches in their shirt or pocket for their I.D. and an officer thinks they are pulling out a weapon and shoots the individual? Then come to find out, the person had no weapon and was actually a Mexican-American Citizen with no weapon? What is the next step? Have they already thought ahead to a worse-case-scenario? If I have thought of this, they must have. It is their state and the safety of their citizens they say. Mind you, their citizens include Mexican immigrants that have lived there for generations. Their safety alongside everyone else’s is the priority of this law, is it not? What would be the next step? How would they make it more clear or visible who is a legal immigrant or an illegal immigrant? You know “safer” for everyone involved. That is what Arizona is after, right? Are they going to ask for anyone that looks Hispanic to wear their I.D. around their neck? This is beginning to sound a little familiar. But, I can see it going there just by the way things would be playing out in the different case-scenarios. They aren’t really too far off base to me. I mean it is a touchy situation for everyone involved when you put it in a State Government’s hands.

At this moment many Hispanics are saying they don’t want to go into Arizona to visit due to the new law and others are moving out due to this new law going into effect. At the same time, the attention this law has brought about has had its own “Silver Lining” according to one News Article that points out how some Mexicans are seeing a group of Americans standing up against the SB1070 law including President Obama. The numbers go both ways with a large group of Americans supporting the law and other Americans standing against the law. This has definitely been something that has seemed to “draw a line in the sand” when it comes to debating how people feel when it comes to immigration reform laws.

As far as politicians, this is like Hot Potato. Some want to jump on board and go with one idea and others don’t want anything to do with it especially now with elections so close. Although Republican Barry Wong, a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, an elected body that decides public utility issues came up with an idea of cutting electricity, water, natural gas, even telephone lines at the homes of illegal immigrants, he said it would lower costs for the rest of the state’s customers.

The idea of taking away basic necessities from someone, even kids is something I can’t personally see anyone thinking would further their political career but how dare someone believe that is even remotely okay something like that when it comes to human rights? Cutting electricity and water wouldn’t be acceptable in a third world country. Has it come to that? Really?
Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican of Mesa Arizona says he wants to see the SB 1070 law mirrored across the U.S. He wants it to be the law of the land. He is working with representative in 18 other states to draft the legislation.

“It will be the law of the land,” Pearce said to a few hundred participating in a support rally for SB1070. “We’re not waiting on Washington, D.C.” He is backed by the Tea Party Movement.

Arizona’s immigration law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

Arizona’s Border is more than Mexico. First and simply, Arizona borders Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. That is geographically and visibly obvious. Whoever wants to come and go from those states is free to do so and whoever is in Arizona is free to come and go into those states. But Arizona is part of the U.S. and whatever goes on inside of Arizona affects all of the United States and all of its Citizens and it is having a great deal of affect on Mexico’s citizens. This is something that has been shown through not only our history but the history of the world. It is not always what you are doing but how you go about your actions.

Certainly there has been a problem with border control. Both the Mexican government and our government see that. Certainly things need to happen to fix that and it needs to have happened already, a long time ago. That is not the fault of the citizens of Arizona. That is not the fault of children that have been born here to parents that were here without their legal status. Arizona is also trying to turn over or rewrite the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

14th Amendment: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

This isn’t the first mention of changing a part of the U.S. Constitution or not agreeing with a very important part of our U.S. History and what we have fought for which is freedom and equality for all. If you remember just recently, Rand Paul’s speaking about the 1964’s Civil Rights Act.  First he stated that he believed private businesses should be able to say who they serve and do not serve but in an interview with Robert Siegel of All Things Considered on National Public Radio he states, “And to tell you the truth, I haven’t really read all through it because it was passed 40 years ago and hadn’t been a real pressing issue in the campaign, on whether we’re going for the Civil Rights Act.” What? How old is the U.S. Constitution? Is it just old material? Invalid? These documents have been fought for and are there for more than just a simple reason to be glanced at when someone gets a chance. Rand Paul thinks that the Civil Rights Act needs to be changed but hasn’t read it?

This is something that is new for a large group that we keep hearing from more and more these days. A group making a lot of noise and wanting to say how wrong things are going and how nothing is happening in Washington D.C. and the only way to fix it is to listen to them and get them in there so they can fix it. Once everybody hears their message and joins their rallies, follows their movement then things will go the right way. Finally things will work out. They have been saying that on and on for a long time on their news network, at their rallies, at their Tea Party Movements and yet they held office for eight years and left a mess. Now they want to say they have the answers and for everyone to move aside?

I mentioned earlier about the dominoes lining up and the longer they are allowed to line them up, the worse it gets. Well, that is what is going on in Washington. There are a lot of excuses as to why nothing can happen but why? There is a big need for Immigration Reform, right? Everyone knows that. It is not a simple problem. Who is making the most noise about it? The Republican Party. Who is blocking the progress on not only that but nearly anything that tries to get moved through the House and the Senate? Why is that? What are they waiting for? Again, they had eight years to get things done. How did Immigration Reform go during that time? Was the border safe then? Did this all just now start? If this is a problem, why can’t the Republican Party work with the current administration in the White House? Isn’t this for the good of the American people? Isn’t that what they are elected for? Or, is Arizona’s government doing this for political gain and the Republican Party doing this for political gain? Who is working for the American people? Even if they want political gain out of the situation, I am sure their constituents will see they were part of getting something done if they could do so without all the fuss. If they could make common sense speeches as to why Immigration Reform needs to move forward and how it will benefit the country and how it will benefit the country for both parties to work together to get the job done.

Like I said, Arizona borders more than Mexico. I talked about the physical border but this isn’t just about Arizona. Crime is everywhere in the U.S. Crime is not caused by a person’s nationality or their location. It is caused by the person. The person chooses to commit the crime. Many crimes are hate crimes. I talked about this in an earlier article, “Are you the “right” color?” Please click on the link and read the article. It is a very worthwhile article to read. It goes along with and discusses the problem in Arizona as well.

America is a great country, with a big land that was founded with many dreams. It seems that what America has been built on is falling right through our cracks. Those are our freedoms, our desire to grow and expand, to learn and invent and to leave behind something better than we found.

Our country has been run with a government from the beginning of its founding. It is our job to elect that government and in doing so we also elect to work with that government. When there are Bills in the House or the Senate continuously not getting passed due to party lines and this is the person you have voted for, it is time for you to rethink your vote. This is why things don’t happen in Washington D.C. This is where the things get bogged down. We are going to watch it with the Immigration Reform Act. This is where you matter, you make the difference. You make a choice. It isn’t your party, it is your vote.

What else is in our control? Arizona is not alone. Arizona isn’t at the top of the list for crime. Immigrants aren’t the reason crime has risen in the U.S. While the government is working on immigration, there is far more that needs attention.

In an article, “That’s how a lot of these shootings happen…over nothing” a former high school teacher in Chicago points out how abundant guns were in his school. In Chicago the Supreme Court ruled June 28th the ban on guns was unconstitutional. The teacher states how abundantly gun availability is and the students admit having to walk away from a hand fight knowing what it will lead to. It is a city basically held hostage to the knowledge of how many people are walking around with guns. They aren’t anywhere near a border.
What is your biggest fear? Who do you try to protect? Do you appreciate your freedoms?

Have you read the U.S. Constitution? Does it bother you that politicians would like to change it? Right now the parts they have mentioned trying to change may not affect you but what if they want to change something that does affect you? Then what? If one part can be changed, then another part can. I spoke about that also in the previous article I mentioned, “Are you the “right” color?” When you are talking about one person’s rights being taken away, you are also talking about the ability of your own rights being taken away.

So much of what I see going on in our nation today makes me think of what has gone on throughout our world in history. I keep asking myself how people can’t see the resemblance of past world horrors that can be repeated. I wrote a rather long article, “Will history repeat itself?” I always think that people would recognize something that would be so obviously similar before things would happen but this situation in Arizona and the fact that other states want to copy the law is just something that people are brushing off but it isn’t something that should be taken so lightly. People become desensitized to what is often hidden racism. It can be labeled as “law enforcement….safe neighborhood act” but it is what it is when it isn’t looking out for a person’s civil rights and human rights. People need to step back and put themselves in the shoes of others.

Stand up and get the representatives in Washington D.C. to do their job, stop hiding behind their party lines and vote to pass the Immigration Reform Act. Don’t leave it to the states to make up their own laws, their own rules and start trying to make changes to our Constitution. They don’t want Washington to work the way it is supposed to. They want it to continue to fail so they can continue to beat the same dead horse and tear this Nation apart piece by piece. Don’t vote in people that aren’t willing to work in Washington but want to just make their own rules and laws and tear apart our U.S. Constitution, our Land, our People and our Freedoms. Today you may be on one side of those rights they are taking away but tomorrow you may be on the other side.