Letters to the Editor

5/9/10 Letters-Arizona

Arizona law reasonable considering federal failure

Congratulations to the Arizona governor for having the backbone to sign the illegal immigrant legislation. More states should do the same. I don't understand why people are opposed to such legislation? If the federal government had done its job and addressed this issue, Arizona would not have had to do this.

This is not racial profiling, it is catching and deporting the ones who enter this country illegally and are a drain on social programs designed for American citizens. No one has a problem with people entering this country legally. American citizens who have worked all their lives continue to work to pay the taxes while the illegal immigrants seem to get a free ride. If you want to come here, you are welcome. Just do it legally or you should be put on the first bus back to where you came from.

George Greenup


The Arizona law allows the police and sheriff to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employees, and bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws.

As a citizen of Kentucky and the United States who supports our Constitution, I believe it is the foremost duty of government to provide for a national defense, including prosecuting those who enter our country illegally.

James Jeffrey Coleman


Law also protects immigrants

I have watched the mayor of Phoenix decry the immigration law that was signed into law in Arizona recently. He has bemoaned the effect of this law on the illegal immigrants in Phoenix. It is curious that he fails to mention that Phoenix is the No. 1 city in the United States for kidnapping of illegal immigrants. I thought that he cared what was happening to those poor individuals. Or is his concern only for political reasons?

Andre' Brousseau


Now, states take the lead

Arizona citizens need to be praised for trying to solve their problem with illegal persons. The federal government has dragged its feet on this issue for decades

An Associated Press story quoted President Barack Obama saying that he wanted immigration reform on the national level so as not to leave room for "irresponsibility by others." He wants irresponsibility all for himself, I guess. Of course, Obama wants it done yesterday — along with cap-and-trade, union card-check, Wall Street takeover, nuclear reduction treaty and the next 50-plus issues du jour until the next Congress arrives in 2011.

Washington has its reasons for everything it does; there is no such thing as coincidence. Voters liked the promise of transparency in the last election, but honesty is still in very short supply. Look for more actions, such as the one in Arizona, as individual states invoke their constitutional sovereignty.

Richard Degener


Showing ID is the way of life

Oh, for Pete's sake, do you have any ID? As you go about your day, just how many times have you used your ID? Drivers license, bank-credit-insurance cards, visa, library card, medical ID bracelet or work ID — the list can be very long.

When you go shopping in the stores, you see ID tags, pins or name plates at a bank window etc. No matter where you go, there are IDs staring you in the face.

You are told not to let a phone or utility worker into your home without seeing an ID. Identity theft is a big thing nowadays. Even a newborn baby is given an ID. So why the big fuss over showing some ID in Arizona?

Elsie L. Hendrickson


Different kind of profiling

It's a shame that people are up in arms about Arizona enforcing an existing federal law that the feds don't have the guts to enforce.

If people would read the bill (and I'm sure they have, but spread untruths anyway to stir up emotion) they would realize that the suspected illegal immigrant has to be involved in some other illegal or suspect activity before police can ask for identification.

When's the last time you were pulled over for a traffic violation and the police didn't ask for your driver's license? Should we do away with passports? I doubt other countries, including Mexico, would go along.

Funny how profiling is never demonized when the problem is a serial killer (usually white males), the Klan (white males), motorcycle gangs (white males), etc.

Notice a pattern here? Increased crime and millions of dollars of taxpayers money are just two of the issues at stake. Phoenix is the second-leading city for kidnapping; not in the U.S., in the world. And this is somehow OK?

John Lantz


Walk in Arizona's shoes

Before passing judgment on Arizona and its new law, learn the truth. The liberal media doesn't tell the whole story. The law was passed for the protection of Arizona citizens, not to discriminate against anyone.

The laws says there is a process to get into this country. Millions of people have circumvented the law and come in illegally.

To get in, they pay up to $2,500 for someone to smuggle them. If they don't have the money, they are asked to smuggle drugs, and most of the drugs end up in our cities and towns.

The drug cartels are the ones controlling the border, not us. There are more kidnappings in Phoenix than in any other city; 85 percent of the murders in Arizona are done by illegal immigrants.

The hospitals, schools and government agencies are being drained by people here illegally. The crime rate in border towns is skyrocketing and even law-enforcement officials are telling those living close to the border to carry guns for their own protection.

In a recent poll, 71 percent of the citizens of Arizona were in favor of the legislation, and half the population in that state is Latino.

This is not about racial profiling or racism; it is about protection for U.S. citizens — and that is what the government is supposed to do.

Harry Van Epps