Become aware, responsible citizens
Before Jon Beydler’s acerbic “What are we pretending not to know?” (AFN, July 9) drives readers to embrace cultural diversity and excoriate Senate Bill 1070, I felt driven to remind people that the Constitution is as a charter of negative liberties, that it doesn’t dispense or grant rights - rights come from nature, not government – but, on the other hand, it limits the power of government to infringe on rights we all have, such as “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech,” or “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed...” Both are freedoms for which Congress shall not interfere.
The damning truth hurting this nation now (more than the “damning” actual language of SB 1070, according to Jon Beydler) is tied to this country’s illegals, recipients of individual programs that benefit non-citizens, which cost $300-plus billion dollars a year, which would be enough to stop what’s leading to bankrupting the U.S. and to stimulate our economy. See half of the major facts below, all verified by reputable Internet sources to support this premise:
• $11 billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
• $17 billion a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
• $12 billion a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English.
• $90 billion a year is spent on illegal aliens for welfare and social services by American taxpayers.
• $200 billion a year in suppressed American wages are caused by illegal aliens.
• Illegal aliens in the U.S. have a crime rate that’s two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children will make a huge additional crime problem in the U.S.
• The National Policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would amount to an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.
These galvanizing facts should empower everyone to become aware and responsible citizens.
Sandy Jane Wong
Setting the facts straight
After careful examination of the details of a recently published letter to the editor titled “Ignorance to law is never the right excuse,” by Richard Careb (AFN, July 7), I would like to respond by sharing the accurate legal language as found under Arizona State Legislature’s Article 2, Title 28 Transportation Laws for 28-815. The author of this letter unfortunately quoted inaccurate information by saying it is “illegal” to ride two abreast on typical roadways. ARS 28-815 specifically states: “Persons riding bicycles on a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.”
As a cyclist and knowing many friends who cycle on a daily basis, I appreciate the exposure of this article and others published by this newspaper; however, I thought it would be in the best interest of its readers to have accurate information related to this important issue.
The deconstruction of a nation
The deconstruction of a nation. Here is how it’s done…
1. Corrupt the education system by refusing to teach the precepts and concepts on which the nation was founded by refusing to teach about the great men who contributed to the birth of the nation.
2. Ignore the Declaration of Independence — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
3. Ignore the Constitution — The Preamble: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
4. Lie to the people. Make promises which you didn’t intend to keep. Fail to provide for the national security by ignoring immigration laws that have been on the federal statutes for five decades; and equivocate about your intentions for enforcement.
5. Tell our enemies what we plan to do to defend ourselves and how we plan to do it.
6. Overwhelm our financial resources to the point of insolvency, thereby creating a fiscal and monetary crisis that we are told can be solved only by big government. The same government that caused the crisis in the first place (The Cloward-Piven thesis coupled with Keynesian economics).
7. Marginalize your political opponents by innuendo and direct lies as taught in Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Examples: Arizona’s immigration law S.B. 1070; personal attacks on anyone who opposes you; continue blaming the previous administration for your own political, fiscal and monetary irresponsibilities.
8. Pack the Supreme Court with judges who support your political beliefs.
9. Refuse to use our own energy resources.
10. Continue lying to the people.
Happy 234th Birthday America! In spite of all of this, we’re still the best there is.
Russell Pearce has gone too far
I am saddened and outraged by Russell Pearce’s latest efforts to legislate bigotry and discrimination into Arizona law.
Sen. Pearce is now attempting to deny citizenship to American-born children if their parents are illegal immigrants, and to deny public education to undocumented children by requiring them to pay tuition or be forced out of school.
To say Pearce has gone too far is a gross understatement.
I support securing our borders and fixing our immigration system with tough but fair reform that works, including cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants and requiring illegal immigrants currently here to register with the government, pay a fine and back taxes to get right with the law, have no other criminal record, and maintain gainful employment.
I am against illegal immigration. Having grown up on the border, I’ve seen first hand the consequences of both illegal immigration and criminal trafficking.
That said, Pearce’s attacks on children, the Constitution, and our fundamental American principles of fairness and justice are beyond the bounds of human decency. They are downright offensive.
I call on Pearce to immediately drop his crusade against immigrant communities.
As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us in his letter from a Birmingham Jail in 1963: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
What Pearce proposes is a grave injustice. If enacted, it threatens not only Arizona, but our fundamental American values.
The 14th Amendment clearly states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens.” The Supreme Court rejected Pearce’s view as unconstitutional more than 100 years ago, but ideologues conveniently ignore the Constitution when it restricts their agenda. They resort instead to name-calling and race-baiting, using degrading and inaccurate terms like “anchor babies” to cloud the debate.
The 14th Amendment further guarantees equal protection of the law for all people who reside here - including all children - and it guards against the mean-spirited education discrimination that Pearce advocates. The Supreme Court rejected such attacks against immigrant children more than a quarter century ago in when it upheld their equal right to a public education in Plyler v. Doe.
Pearce hides behind claims of the burden on taxpayers. But denying innocent children a basic education is penny-wise and pound-foolish. The Supreme Court recognized the greater “costs to the Nation” that such laws would impose by “promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare and crime.”
These proposed laws by Pearce are not just unconstitutional and fiscally irresponsible. They are unjust.
I call on all candidates for public office in Arizona, Democrats and Republicans, to denounce this immoral legislation. To stand silent in the face of unjust laws that target children is to fail. I will stand up for what is right, even if I am standing alone.
Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General
Put things in perspective
Regarding “Arizona’s angst heightened by a questionable presidency,” by Linda Turley-Hansen (AFN, June 4).It is very unfortunate that hysteria has replaced reasoned debate on the subject of illegal immigration. Is Armageddon coming, as Turley-Hansen and others suggest? I don’t think so. I believe that this is a political game being played by politicians like Russell Pierce, J.D Hayworth, Sheriff Joe and Andrew Thomas, who have little else of substance to offer Arizona voters. And the press is all too happy to play along because controversy is good for business. This sort of commentary is not productive.
When people are frustrated with the economy, unemployment and an eroding standard of living, they naturally look for scapegoats. Opportunistic politicians are all too eager to fan the flames of discontent, even if it is at the expense of a group - be it ethnic or political. People then see their fears and hatreds bolstered and given legitimacy by the politicos, and vise versa, and what we have is self-propagating monster. If it goes far enough, we have what happened in Europe in the early 1900s. And what happened in Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s. I’m not saying things will reach that point, but let’s not let our emotions, fears and hatreds put incompetent people into elected office. Or install people with hidden agenda who are merely riding the illegal immigration wave. And please tone down the “treason” rhetoric, especially if you are going to apply it to just the current president.
I think we need to be realistic and put things in perspective. Sure there are more things we can do to control our boarders. But it becomes exponentially more expensive to reach “airtight,” if “airtight” is achievable at all. Just as with illegal drug interdiction, even “significant” reductions are not achievable without grossly disproportionate expenditures. Are we prepared to pay? And would the cost outweigh the benefit at some point? Maybe it already is. But to hear it from the most rabid anti-illegal immigration people, the promise is that it can be achieved and that cost is no object when it comes to “national security.” I remain skeptical.
Will SB1070 control drug trafficking and human smuggling? I suspect not, since these “operators” come and go, and are not interested in establishing residence here. Nor do I think they have anything to fear from this law since the offenses they are already committing have more severe penalties and an illegal immigration bust would. Therefore there is no additional opportunity with this law for controlling them.
Then there’s the question of whether it is even in our interest to round up and deport every - or even most - of the illegals that are already established here. What would that do to the Arizona economy that relies heavily on construction, agriculture and hospitality-based businesses, which have always relied on cheap labor? Are we prepared to see local businesses spend money in our state go under because they can no longer compete?
Why is it such a big issue now? Would we even be having this discussion if the economy was booming? My understanding is that the population of illegal immigrants in this state is actually down from the peak in the mid-2000s, pretty much tracking our economic health. If so, perhaps the problem is somewhat self-correcting. Free markets and all that...
Why are those so concerned with the economic consequences of illegal immigration, real or perceived, not up in arms over the very real threat to our standard of living posed by the rise of the Chinese and Indian economies? It seems that cutting education is exactly the wrong thing to do if we want to maintain our global competitiveness. Yet what do we do? And the hidden cost of continued use of fossil fuels and global warming? These are arguably much more critical to our future economic well being.
Randal J. Jacoby
It’s simple: Secure the border
We made the national news again! Well, of course it makes more sense to spend millions of taxpayer dollars suing the state of Arizona instead of focusing on improving the economy, helping Americans find jobs, and do I dare say, keeping families together by finding ways for them to stay in their homes.
No, let the Obama administration waste more taxpayer money suing the good hardworking citizens of Arizona, because we choose to no longer be the victims of our federal government’s irresponsible unwillingness to secure our borders.
Do we need to send an open invitation to Osama bin Laden and crew that the easiest way to enter the United States, with or without weapons of mass destruction, is via its southern border states?
The invitation would read something like this:
“Osama & Crew - You’re Invited”
The Event - Free Entry into the United States
The Place - Any Southern Border State
The Time - Any Time... Our Borders are WIDE OPEN!!!
What will you need to bring - Nothing - the terrain, and climate should be familiar, so pack light.
Entry Instructions: The best way to get in is to use your official passport, and if that doesn’t work, we understand securing a fake U.S. passport is pretty easy!
If you are still having trouble with entry documents, no problem, just secure a passport from one of our allies. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for a current list of ally countries.
Finally, if you absolutely have no form of ID, no problem, you can just cross the border at night when no one is looking - besides it is much cooler then anyway.
RSVP - None required - we’re expecting you.
SB 1070 is about SECURING THE BORDER, any person regardless of race, color, religion or ethnic origin should not be allowed to easily enter this country illegally, period. Instead of spending money on a lawsuit, maybe we could stimulate the economy by hiring more border patrol/security agents, and investing in U.S. firms that can provide improved border protection technology. It’s just a suggestion President Obama.
Finally, my daughter is currently touring Europe - every country she enters, and stays in, she must keep her passport with her at all times. If at any time a security official asks to see her ID, she is required to show it - what is the difference with SB1070? None - when a police officer pulls you over for any reason, one of the first things they ask to see is your ID - period.
Daughter of a legal U.S. immigrant