Arizona, a state fending for itself.
For weeks now our country has been in an uproar about the new Arizona law enacted to secure the border. In recent weeks, those in opposition say that the law will lead to racial profiling and discrimination. Those who support the bill say that it was enacted solely to require an individual to provide proof of citizenship when arrested or law enforcement has probable suspicion.
My problem with this entire issue lies with those who scream “boycott,” or even verbally slam the Governor or the state for protecting its citizens. My first thought when I heard that something was being done in Arizona to protect it’s people was, “good for Governor Brewer.” The second thing I thought, after I listened to several news sources was, “I hope this doesn’t lead to racial profiling,” (Which I sadly know still exists). Unlike most people however, I decided to read the bill myself, to do a little research, and to form my own opinion.
I want to make it clear that in no way do I support racial profiling or discrimination. What I do support is the effort of a concerned Governor to protect her people. Immigration has been a rising concern in our country over the last decade. Sadly, we have not seen our leadership in Washington expressing any concern or interest in handling the issue. This lack of interest and support obviously left Governor Brewer with no other choice.
My problem also lies with our current President and administration. I find it very hard to support someone who is willing to openly oppose and bash something that they, themselves are unwilling to do. For the entire longevity of term of the current administration, the only concern has been ramming through unpopular health care legislation through that he refuses to support the efforts of border security. If the President was willing to focus even a little of his attention on helping the situation instead of opposing any and every effort made by those who are attempting to alleviate the problem, then we might see change.
With America’s best interest at heart,
Below I have listed several articles of interest related to the growing need for border security.