Arizona SB 1070

June 1st, 2010
by Alfonso Ebanks

[private] v8-6-alfonsoIn 1883 Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet that reflected the attitude of the American people towards immigrants at the time. Here is an excerpt from that poem ” Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me”. The complete poem engraved on a bronze plaque was mounted on the inside of the statue of liberty in 1903. The attitude of the American people towards immigrants has changed and this is especially true of the ever-increasing number of Illegal immigrants that enter the country every year.

The state of Arizona has made this attitude official in its senate bill SB 1070.
This bill will authorize the police to arrest immigrants that are unable to show proof that they are authorized to be in the country. It also penalizes persons that knowingly transport illegal immigrants.

This part of the bill is not causing the uproar in the Hispanic community. The real problem is the unwritten part of the bill that is being called “racial profiling”. This means that the police will decide to investigate a person’s immigration status based on that person’s racial or ethnic characteristics. The Hispanics are crying foul because in their view they seem to be the ones that are being singled out, although this should not come as any surprise to anyone because at last estimate there are over 14 million Hispanics that are in the USA illegally. It would not make any sense to single out any other group of people.

The Arizona law empowers the police to arrest illegals pursuant to 8 United States Code section 1373(c), which states that an enforcement officer cannot independently determine the status of an immigrant. The police must contact the Immigration service before such an arrest can be made.

Arizona has gone one step further in Arizona Revised Statues title 13 chapter 15 amendment 39 adding section 13-1509 which now reads: Trespassing by illegal aliens; assessment; exceptions; classification. According to this statute the police can make an arrest if, in addition to any violation of federal law, that person is guilty of trespassing defined as the person being both: Present on any public or private land in the state of Arizona or in violation of 8 United States Code Section 1304(e) or 1306(a). Immigrants that are unable to produce documents showing they are allowed to be in the USA could be jailed for up to six months and fined $2500.00. Before Arizona passed this law the police could only inquire as to a person’s legal status if that person was suspected of committing another crime. The Hispanic community and some non Hispanic liberals that are raising a ruckus about Arizona SB 1070 must have forgotten that every country in the world has laws that make it a crime to enter their country without permission. It seems to me that the argument here is about jurisdiction, as I see it, it is okay for the border patrol to arrest illegal immigrants but it is not okay for the Arizona police to do the same. In all Latin American countries all authorities have the right to arrest anyone that perpetuates a crime and in Mexico this can be done by the Federales de Investigation or the Federales Preventiva, which are agencies of the federal government. There are also immigration officers and custom officers, state-operated law enforcement officers and municipal police and they all can arrest anyone that cannot prove that they are allowed by law to be in Mexico.
When arrested, you go straight to jail.
In other countries this crime is even more severely penalized, in Afghanistan intruders are shot, in North Korea the minimum sentence is 12 years imprisonment for violating the national sovereignty of that nation.

The penalty varies from country to country but there is always a price to pay and in some countries it is also a crime to leave the country without permission and if you are caught either going or coming, you go to jail. Illegal immigrants in the USA are hollering for their rights, this confuses me because I know that if you enter my house without my permission you can be assured that you left your rights at the gate and if I don’t kick you out it is a privilege I’m granting you but you have no rights when you enter into my domain illegally. I’m thinking of a sign I saw somewhere in the panhandle of Texas many years ago, it read: Private Property Keep Out. Trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again. [/private]

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