When I first learned that neither Attorney General Eric Holder or Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had bothered to read the controversial Arizona immigration bill [S.B. 1070] before criticizing the bill, I was neither shocked or surprised. That's the sort of thing I've come to expect from Democrat politicians and their toadies.
Likewise, I can't really say that I was shocked that Republican Congressman Connie Mack would do the same, but I was a bit disheartened. We know that the words "Democrat" and "responsible politician" are polar opposites. I realize, too, that the GOP has it's own share of air-heads as well. I only wish we had another alternative than replacing Democratic nincompoops with Republican ones.
To the best of my knowledge, Connie Mack has not openly admitted that he hasn't read Arizona's S.B. 1070 but, after reading his recent piece in the Washington Post [Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law], I can't imagine that he has.
Otherwise, how could he possibly maintain, as he does, that "This law clearly challenges citizens' freedoms, and it does so by putting some Americans at risk of losing their freedoms while others stand little or no chance of being affected." ?
Mack goes on to compare Arizona's new immigration law with the government (under Democratic President FDR) placing U.S. citizens of Japanese descent in detention camps during WWII.
He continues, "The Arizona immigration law reminds us of how fear and distrust can lead to bad laws and even more government overreach into the private sector and our private lives."
As pointed out in Kirk Adams' piece (also from the Washington Post) the Arizona bill simply mirrors federal immigration law by making it a state crime to be in this country illegally. Contrary to folks like Holder, Napolitano and Mack, law enforcement cannot simply walk up to a person and say, "Can I see your papers?"
Adam's points out in his article that California has a similar law already in place - California Penal Code Section 834b . Maybe the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco should boycott themselves.
Thanks to Les Femmes - The Truth for pointing out that the Frog Says, "Read the Bill! Then Secure the Border!"