Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mexico warns citizens may be "harassed" in Arizona

“Mexico warned its citizens living in or traveling to Arizona that they could be "harassed" there after the state passed one of the toughest immigration laws in the United States last week.

“Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law last week that makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check the status of people they reasonably suspect to be illegal immigrants.”

Is this so bad? The article by Mica Rosenberg and Miguel Angel Gutierrez goes on to say, “The law, decried by critics as discriminatory, will force immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times once it takes effect 90 days after Arizona's current legislative session ends.” This doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary.

For example, according to the U.S. Department of State web page for Costa Rica, “Tourists are encouraged to carry photocopies of the passport data page and Costa Rican entry stamp on their persons, and leave the original passport in a hotel safe or other secure place.” In fact, if I remember correctly from my own travels to Honduras and Vietnam, the U.S. Department of State recommended that for both those countries for American citizens.

But back to the Reuters article. “President Barack Obama denounced the Arizona law as misguided and has ordered monitoring of its implementation. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has warned that other states could also bring in tough immigration laws if there is no national comprehensive immigration reform.”

This makes me think of two points.

1. Ummmm, are we surprised that Obama denounced the law? He had an aunt living in the United States illegally. The WhizBang Blog described her in this way: “The AP reports today that not only is she in this country illegally, but that she was ordered out of the country four years ago. Obviously, she refused to leave. That makes her a deportation fugitive.” Doncha think he might be a little soft on the status of illegal aliens in this country? The Right Wing News reported she supposedly donated to his campaign, but they didn’t say how much. There could be some importance to their relationship, although I haven't read anything about it.

According to Boston.com, she was supposed to have left in February of this year.

2. Other states might create tougher immigration laws in response to Arizona’s? Bring it on! Do residents of Hampton Roads remember Alfredo Ramos from 2007? “Alfredo Ramos was ordered to serve 24 years in prison and then be deported for the drunken driving crash that killed two teenage girls in March. If he tries to return to the country, he faces additional time, a judge said Monday…The case of an illegal Mexican immigrant who had three prior criminal convictions involving alcohol made national headlines.”

This jerk off didn’t even speak English! And apparently, he STILL thought it was a good idea to drink and drive, even more so in a country where he couldn't speak or read the road signs!

And Ramos wasn’t the only one. On a larger scale, what about known 9/11 terrorist, Mohammed Atta? He was pulled over on July 5, 2001 for speeding and given a verbal warning.

I’m not trying to turn all conspiracy theorist here, as I know that not all illegal aliens are here to kill people. But this is the United States of America...why shouldn't we keep better track of the visitors that come here? If we were stricter on how long people could legally stay here, then maybe, just maybe, we would have fewer Alfredo Ramos and Mohammed Attas to deal with. I'm sure most states, if not all, have had illegal alien problems to try to take care of.

Because the problem at the heart of this issue is just that: ILLEGAL ALIENS. People who come to the United States from other countries, legally, to work and be productive members of society, and maybe to become citizens someday, are welcomed with open arms. Without them, this country wouldn't remain the melting pot of the world.

Yes, this does seem like a measure directed at Latin and South Americans, especially Mexicans. There will be some initial confusion, as I'm sure there will be American citizens that look Hispanic that will be asked for ID to prove their citizenship. But those citizens, and the legal visitors to Arizona, might be somewhat insulted during the process. In a way, it is racial profiling (I could probably go to Arizona as a white woman and not have anyone ask me to prove that I am a citizen). I can understand that, but this is going to happen, whether its welcomed or not.

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