I've been thinking a lot about Arizona's new immigration law and the ramifications on it's citizens. Now, I must tell you I love Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I know some people across our wonderful nation think he's too hard and his methods are inappropriate - but it's jail, not the Hilton!
I'm definitely not racist. No way, no how. I believe every LEGAL person in this country should have the same opportunities, the same pay (if they're equally qualified), and the same treatment regardless of the color of their skin, their sex, their religious beliefs or lack thereof, or their gender.
However, I've been hearing a lot on talk radio, on Facebook, the news, etc. about the Arizona Immigration law. My thoughts? Well, it's easy to be against it living in Idaho, or Oregon, or Pennsylvania. But if I think about living in Arizona where this is actually happening, I'd be SO for this law. How can we, living in Idaho where we don't have these horrible things happening directly to us, judge the citizens of Arizona who happen to have a city named "America's kidnap capital", and some of the most dangerous cities in the US? How can the police officers and Immigration officers in Arizona feel like they can ever be safe if the state doesn't start doing something drastic? Maybe it's not fair to the legal population of Hispanics in Arizona, but what are their choices?
Maybe they could just start popping anyone who steps foot over the border, but we're America and we're civilized. So, what are the options? I know this will be uncomfortable and inconvenient for those in Arizona who ARE legal, but this imposition on them will be well worth the inconvenience if they can slow the illegals into our country.
I was sad and disgusted to hear about the Sheriff's Deputy who was shot a week ago by illegals bringing marijuana into the state. Do we really want to expect these officers to stand by and do nothing more than they've been allowed to do (and which obviously isn't working) any longer? They HAVE to do something. If stopping and deporting every single illegal alien will help even some, then I'm for it. Maybe if they realize that they aren't going to be protected by laws that make it hard to find them, then maybe they'll stop coming. I personally don't really even think this law is enough, I'm not sure it going to make much of a difference. But the people of Arizona are sick and tired of being afraid and I, for one, certainly understand that.
We could stop some of this illegal immigration by not buying their drugs - but we know that's not going to happen. I'll bet you that 90% of the old hippies who are smoking those drugs are thinking this is a bad law. Well dumb ass, if you've got to smoke it, start growing your own so you're not supporting the people who are bringing it in illegally.
I know my opinion on this will horrify most of my family. But, you go Arizona. Do what you have to do. I have no right to judge you - I live in Idaho, known for it's potatoes not the kidnap capital of the nation, and don't have your problems...