Come November, Remember Yesterday's 'Temporary Restraining Order' in Arizona

Most of the places I go to do serious business here in the U.S. require me to prove who I am. I am required to provide official identification if I want to:

  • Vote
  • Apply for a job
  • Enter a contest
  • Get a driver’s license
  • Apply for a loan or any other type of credit
  • Open a bank account and take money out of said account
  • Write a check for goods and services at various businesses

In fact, when applying for employment, one of the questions almost every employer will ask is if you are eligible to work legally in the U.S., either as a full-fledged citizen or a legal alien with a green card.

The few times I’ve been pulled over by the police for driving infractions, I’ve also been asked to provide not just my driver’s license, but proof of having registered my car and proof of current insurance on that car.

All of these are things that I and other law-abiding citizens do on a routine basis with little fuss or whining. We accept that if we want to live in society, we must have certain laws to keep order, and in order for society to run smoothly, we abide by them. If we don’t, we accept that there will be consequences for our actions.

So I’m frankly astounded that the immigration law in Arizona, which is supposed to go into effect this week, has not only created so much so-called controversy but has prompted the federal government to pursue a lawsuit against the state. And now, a federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order that nullifies parts of the law until a full hearing is held.

The parts of the law that have been temporarily suspended are:

  • Requiring immigrants to carry papers with them at all times
  • Allowances for law enforcement to check on one’s legal status while enforcing other laws
  • Making illegal the gathering of illegal aliens in public places to solicit employment

We all know what the score is here. It has nothing to do with “human rights” or “splitting up families” or other such poppycock. It’s about buying votes. Democrats (and a number of RINOs) think that if they appease illegal aliens and their supporters and manage to push amnesty through, then they’ll have secured the votes of millions of people -- not to mention locking in the support of the businesses that hire these illegal aliens.