You've got to be kidding me. Enforcing the law against illegal immigration is illegal? Talk about ridiculous. Ridiculous or not, such is the crazy talk surrounding Senate Bill 1070 just signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.
Call me crazy or old-fashioned, or both, but I was raised to believe that the law of the land was, in fact, the law of the land. Citizens were to obey it, and the law enforcement community was to enforce it.
So why all the local, national and international hysteria of those opposed to SB 1070? I don't get it.
What's so wrong with a law giving Arizona's law enforcement community the legal right to check, with proper justification, the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens? After all, it's not like this legislation has just made illegal immigration illegal.
On the contrary, this legislation simply gives Arizona's law enforcement community the right to enforce the existing laws that outlaw illegal immigration. And so it is that we get to the heart of the matter: The hysteria surrounding those against SB 1070 makes no sense.
It makes no sense because, as everybody already knows, illegal immigration is a monstrously huge problem in Arizona. As if it's not bad enough that illegal immigration is pushing public education and our medical community to the brink of financial oblivion, the damage that illegal immigration is doing to our law enforcement community is almost incalculable.
Everybody knows this - except our federal government. The Bush administration did nothing to fix the problem, and the Obama administration just picked up where Bush left off. Whether Republican or Democrat, the federal government has been effectively asleep at the wheel, oblivious to the disastrous state of affairs that illegal immigration has brought to Arizona.
So what is Arizona to do? Are we to sit and watch our state implode just because the federal government has arrogantly abrogated its constitutional responsibility to protect our nation's sovereign borders?
When our federal government turns its back on its states, the states have no choice but to do what the federal government has refused and continues to refuse to do, namely to secure our nation's borders and keep illegal immigration illegal.
How the federal government can't see this is beyond me. Rather than supporting the efforts of states in protecting their borders, President Obama recently stated that SB 1070 will "undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe."
This is ludicrous on two levels. To imply that it is unfair to prosecute those who illegally come to the United States is about as unfair as it gets. Or to put it conversely, what could be fairer than expecting that those who immigrate to the United States do so within the laws of the United States, not against those laws. However you look at it, the Obama administration completely perverts fairness in order to condone illegal immigration.
But it gets worse because the Obama administration completely misses the boat when it comes to the trust that Americans put in the law enforcement community. Contrary to what the Obama administration would have us believe, if Americans cannot trust the law enforcement community to enforce the laws on the books, how can Americans have any trust in the law enforcement community? They can't, and that's just my point: The Obama administration is more interested in condoning illegal immigration than it is in making sure that our nation's sovereign borders are protected.
May God help us, because Washington D.C. certainly won't.
Philip Moon is a physics teacher at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee.