Friday, May 14, 2010


Disclaimer: this blog is not meant to be a forum for political news or the debate of individuals views on international, federal or state laws. I am simply posting this because it's reeling in my brain and might not stop until it's out.

As most people know, Arizona recently passed a state law that requires local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.

A surprising 60-70 percent of Americans support this law.

There have been many people voicing their opinions and outrage towards this new law. The City of Los Angeles actually supports a ban on all Arizona-made products.
I feel the need to clear something up.
Arizona law enforcement will not be allowed to stop every Mexican they see on the street and have them show their proof of citizenship / green card / visa or any other identification.
If a person is suspected of committing a crime, and have no proof of their entry into the United States, they will be arrested and sent back home.

Mexican law - the Reglamento de la Ley General de Poblacion (General Law on Population - est. April 2000) - states that illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The Law also states that Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests", violate Mexican law, are not "physically or mentally healthy" or lack the "necessary funds for their sustenance" and their dependents.

With this as Mexico's law, shouldn't we be surprised that the President of Mexico Felipe Calderon has denounced Arizona's law as "racial discrimination" and a "violation of human rights"??
He can't be serious.

All Arizona is trying to do, is protect it's citizens, jobs, economy, hospitals and streets from being overtaken by those people (of any nationality, ethnicity, creed or gender) who are breaking the law simply by existing where they do.

I am all for people immigrating to the United States.
I feel proud that immigrants feel the hope that the American Dream has to offer.
I simply believe they should follow the laws of the country they want so badly to be a part of. And I don't believe that is too much to ask.

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