Immigration reform has been tossed around since the Bush administration and depending on who you ask, it means something completely different. Progressives want amnesty for the millions of illegals in this county. The people living in border states and the majority of Americans want our existing laws to be enforced.
One of the responsibilities that the constitution actually gives to the federal government is to provide for the common defense. It is a federal responsibility to enforce immigration laws. There is a war being waged along our southern border and it is not being reported. The folks in Washington are ignoring the problem in hopes of winning the votes of the illegals pouring into the US.
Phoenix, AZ is now the kidnapping capital of the United States and second only to Mexico City in the world. Drug cartels are committing atrocities on the border, terrorizing local residents and nothing is being done.
Last week, Arizona took matters into its own hands and passed a bill that would help state and local law enforcement to their job. The bill includes common sense provisions such as: No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.
How did Obama take the news? He called it "misguided" and irresponsible then threw everything else onto the back burner (a good thing) to focus on reform (not such a good thing).
What is irresponsible is the federal government refusing to enforce existing laws. We don't need more laws (that likely won't be enforced). We don't need fast-track illegals to citizenship. We need to protect our border. People who want to be citizens need to come in the front door.
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