Interestingly enough, the feds now require passports at the borders of Mexico and Canada for everyone, including U.S. citizens, in the interests of security. And the Mexican government — one of the biggest critics of the Arizona law — has immigration laws in place that are just as strict, if not stricter, than Arizona law SB1070. Then again, if it weren’t for the U.S. acting as a pressure valve to help its poorest escape their misery, Mexico would have imploded long ago. Of course it’s in Mexico’s best interests to keep that valve open. It’s a heck of a lot easier than reforming their own corrupt government and pathetic economy.
But Americans want secure borders. And until the federal government decides to actually do something about it rather than pay lip service to taxpaying citizens and legal residents, they support the right of states like Arizona to do the job the federal government won’t. And so while the feds try to curry favor with illegal aliens, who as of yet cannot vote — or so we’re told — they’re in danger of further alienating the rest of us. Andy McCarthy is right:
This decision is going to anger most of the country. The upshot of it is to tell Americans that if they want the immigration laws enforced, they are going to need a president willing to do it, a Congress willing to make clear that the federal government has no interest in preempting state enforcement, and the selection of judges who will not invent novel legal theories to frustrate enforcement. They are not going to get that from the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Democrats.
So what can law-abiding citizens do? At the moment, not much, other than to continue to contact your congressman and senators to tell them what you think. And come November, vote out the incumbents who refuse to put American citizens — the people they purport to serve — first.
Or you could do what Rush Limbaugh suggests: when asked for ID, just say “no hablo Ingles.”