Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a new immigration law to solve a crisis Arizona did not create — the impact of illegal immigration through Arizona’s porous border. The legislation has widespread support among Arizonans.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arizona has about 460,000 undocumented immigrants with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. Gov. Brewer has indicated she pleaded five times in letters to President Obama for a federal response to help Arizona stanch the flow of illegal immigrants and violent drug criminals across its southern border. The governor also has requested federal help with covert-reconnaissance programs to help detect human and drug smuggling, and has asked President Obama to provide extra surveillance pilots and helicopters to the National Guard to assist in border security efforts.
Kudos to Gov. Brewer for stepping up to the plate to protect the quality of life for Arizonans, and shame on the Obama administration for turning a blind eye to immigration problems. Americans deserve a solution that has eluded Obama. Personally, I do not believe this new law is unreasonable at all, especially considering their Mexican border.
The law requires police to check with federal authorities on a person’s immigration status, if officers have stopped that person for some legitimate reason and come to suspect that he or she might be in the U.S. illegally. The heart of the law is this provision: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…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…”