Fiscal Moderate - Social Libertarian
If the feds had exercised their responsibility to control the border, AZ action would not be necessary. But since both sides want to curry favor and get votes, nothing has been done and somebody had to do something.
The fate of the Arizona law in the courts will likely depend on how it is enforced, and whether it leads to innocent citizens being harrassed (like Cheech Marin's dramatization in "Born in East LA"). It doesn't help to have Sheriff Joe shooting off his mouth and doing everything in his power to make life uncomfortable for his inmates (many of whom are still awaiting trial and at least some of whom are innocent and will be acquitted).Yes, something needs to be done to control the border. However, nothing will be as long as lobbyists for fruit & vegetable growers and other industries that rely heavily upon cheap (illegal) labor have their way. The federal government could start by more closely regulating the practice of sub-contracting in the farm labor, janitorial and construction industries. The practice has evolved to allow big corporations to avoid culpability for hiring illegals, while at the same time encouraging bids so low that they can only be fulfilled with illegal labor.
There is much more to it than the lobbyists. And Sheriff Joe does what he does because, again the Feds choose to not do what they are supposed to do.Secure the border. After that, everything becomes negotiable. If the border is not secure, nothing else matters.
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