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“Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. Law”The title nearly says it all. AP journalist Amanda Lee Myers goes on to lament:
“Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.Got that? A new law yet to take effect has already put the fear of the law into those who might take advantage of illegals by hiring them at pennies on the dollar for back-breaking labor. Oh, the horror. Even more insane, the lament continues for an underground economy while failing to mention all of the salient and devastating effects to the on-the-level economy caused by people who are here illegally, paying no taxes, and still able to draw from the public fund. It gets better:
Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.”
“Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.”I have been concentrating on the two points made here which are laughable when it comes to democrat opposition to this move by the State of Arizona: (1) that we needed to pass a law which makes breaking the law against the law; and (2) that we need to direct police to question a suspect about illegal activity should they suspect it. In these aspects, the law is silly in of itself. However, it took the headline and following lament of an AP journalist to help me realize why democrats really oppose this law. Allow me to illustrate (with apologies to Mel Brooks):
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Once upon a time there was a town in the American southwest called Phoenix. For a while, it was a decent place to live, but there was a problem growing there. Because the government was unable, unwilling, inept, or all of the above, immigration law in America and the lack of enforcement created an easy place for people who came to the county illegally to settle in. Needless to say, lawlessness begets lawlessness.
Outlaws behaved like outlaws.
However, the outlaws had support from within the country. Between the lawlessness of the illegals and of the politicians who would seek to pander to these lawbreakers for position and power, some law abiding people were inclined to move elsewhere.
“Now I don’t have to tell you good folks what has been happening here in our beloved little town. Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped. Now the time has come to act, and act fast. I’m leaving.”
For those who vowed to stay, for those who stood for the law of the land, for those who would stand against lawbreakers: threats of violence and acts of violence were visited upon them. Nonetheless, a new law was passed. It said that breaking the law was now officially against the law. Amazingly, this seemed to work, as the lawbreakers decided to move on to towns where breaking the law wasn’t against the law.
Back in Washington, this news was not good for democrats in power.
They gathered to discuss the deep ramifications of Arizona effectively operating without their approval or assistance.
“Chairman Kaine? Might I disturb you for a moment sir? It seems that those flyovers out west have passed a law that would snatch hundreds of thousands of potential democrat voters from our grasp by enforcing current immigration law. Even worse than that, it appears to be working almost instantly!”
“Holy underwear! Effective laws? Voters who won’t want an eternal welfare state? We’ve got to protect our phony bologna jobs, gentlemen! We’ve got to do something about this immediately, immediately, immediately …”
“I didn’t get a harumpf outta that guy!”
“Now let’s get back to fixing the economy.”
Call me jaded, but it seems to me that democrats might really be upset over this law because it does what none of their legislation can ever hope to accomplish: actually work.
Meanwhile, across town in Barney Frank’s basement:
“Hold it, hold it, HOLD IT!”
“OK, just watch me. It’s so simple, you sissy Marys!”