In a recent post, I expressed dismay that we had a terrible lack of genuine leadership at the top in federal government, as evidenced by the poor leadership in the oil spill crisis.
Now, Take 2!
True to form, the administration chose to divide and alienate rather than leverage the power of the â€œbest and brightestâ€ to solve a significant challenge â€“ that of illegal immigration â€“ by suing the State of Arizona over the passage of HB 1070, the illegal immigration enforcement law.
I am not anti-immigration. I actually have a deep respect for our immigrant brothers and sisters. However, I am also a passionate supporter of the rule of law within a society of free people. Our freedom is dependent on the willingness of citizens to obey the law and the willingness of government to enforce the law.
At the same time, I am not a proponent of HB 1070, because I believe it ignores the larger reality that sizable portions of our economy currently depend on currently-illegal immigrants and that comprehensive immigration reform is needed before the overall problem will be solved.
However, it galls me that the administration would sue Arizona for attempting to enforce the existing immigration laws the federal government has failed (or refused) to enforce already. By refusing to enforce federal law already on the books, the federal government has imposed huge financial and social burdens on the states. Perhaps we should sue the feds for reimbursement. Oh, I think Governor Janet Napolitano did that before selling out to the current administration. Leadership?
In case anyone cares, my comprehensive reform proposal includes the following major points:
- Provide a liberal guest worker program, recognizing that immigrants are an integral part of the US economy. The program will make sure they pay taxes, insurance, medical, education, etc. Over time, if they comply with strict guidelines, they may earn citizenship.
- Provide a way for illegals already in the US to come clean, pay hefty fines, pay taxes, insurance, medical costs, education fees, etc. and work toward citizenship over time if they adhere to strict guidelines.
- Immediately export all illegals who don’t comply with #1 or #2.
- Do not make any public services (medical, education, etc.) available to anyone who is not a citizen or can demonstrate compliance with #1 or #2, except in a medical emergency, after which they are immediately exported in line with #3.
- Revoke the business license of any employer who hires illegals outside the guest worker program â€“ you, too, Walmart, not just the little guys.
- Do not grant citizenship to children born in the US unless at least one of their parents is already a citizen.
- Build a high, double, physical wall with electronic surveillance and rigorous countermeasures between the US and Mexico.
- Provide national guard troops at the border, equipped with real bullets and orders to use them to enforce the law.
- Enforce national and state immigration law, with the federal government paying the states to enforce the law if the feds choose not to.
While the administration wastes tax payer dollars on fighting HB 1070 in court, and while the supposed â€œbest and brightestâ€ in congress sit on the sidelines and refuse to address immigration reform, I guess we must live with the spirit of Arizona captured in this proposed new Arizona flag:
I applaud the administration of the State of Arizona for choosing to defend HB 1070 vigorously, even though I donâ€™t think the bill gets to the heart of the matter. Perhaps this action will be a catalyst to encourage the â€œbest and brightestâ€ to intervene and correct the actions of the appalling lack of federal leadership.
Thanks to my friend Stan Ferrin, who sent me the flag photo.