A couple of my favorite headlines related to the immigration debate revolving around Arizona S.B. 1070:
San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona, But Calls Could Spark Backlash.
San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom should think very long and hard before boycotting Arizona, and if he chooses to do so, he had better be prepared for a strong retaliation.
As this article from Fox News points out, Conservatives are just as capable of boycotting and waging economic warfare as are liberals, and San Fransisco and California may just need us more than we need them.
Today on Dennis Prager's radio show, he encouraged everyone in favor of Arizona's new law to boycott all San Fransisco Giants baseball games. Empty seats will send a message right back in their direction.
By acting in such an irresponsible, and dare I say "misguided" fashion, Mayor Newsom and other city or state leaders are essentially creating an economic civil war. At a time of such fiscal distress across our nation, American leadership should be coalescing in an effort to resolve our nation's issues rather than playing divisive racial politics.
City of Oakland moves toward Arizona boycott.
All of the aforementioned applies regarding the choices and consequences made by leadership types.
In addition, though... I'd have to believe that police chiefs across our state are high-five'ing each other!! Are you kidding me? Oakland? Really?
Lawsuits Over AZ Immigration Law Filed By Police Officer, Latino Group.
This article offers a few interesting points.
First, the lawsuit filed by 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar is based purely on politics and emotion. From the article:
In filing his suit against the law, Escobar, an overnight patrol officer in a heavily Latino area of Tucson, argued that there's no way for officers to confirm a person's immigration status without impeding investigations, and that the new law violates constitutional rights.
Officer Escobar is simply incorrect in his assertion that there's no way for officers to confirm a person's immigration status without impeding investigations. All an officer must do is ask for identification, just as he would during any other situation. This law calls for nothing out of the ordinary. If a person is not able to provide proper identification (as required by law in the case of green card holders) then that person should be detained until verification can be made through communication with federal authorities. And regarding Constitutional rights, I believe it is well understood by now that this law is simply a derivative of already existing federal statute.
Second, the suit filed by The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders is incorrect on all fronts. While in theory it is correct that border security is federal jurisdiction, a state has the right to act in any way necessary to protect its sovereignty. Also, federal officials would hold suspected illegals during the time their status is verified and before conviction, therefore the state is acting as an agent of the federal government as defined in this law.
Also noteworthy in this article is the fact that Arizona lawmakers approved several changes to the law, including one that would strengthen restrictions in the law on using race or ethnicity as the basis for police questioning. The law's sponsor, Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, characterized those possible changes as clarifications "just to take away the silly arguments and the games."
Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law.
In other words... it's working!
Our apologies to the states in close proximity to Arizona. You may soon be overrun with masses of illegals attempting to avoid possible deportation as we Arizonans enforce the rule of law. We encourage you to contact your legislators and ask them to enact similar such laws.
Eventually if all goes well, all 12-20 million illegals will end up in San Fransisco. Once that happens, Gavin Newsom and his silly little sanctuary city can figure out how to maintain a budget while providing security, education, housing, and medical care to his new citizens.