Monday, April 19, 2010

Against illegal immigration and against Arizona bill

I'm proud to support any policy that I think is right for America regardless of the implications. That is the essence of being a newliberal.

In that spirit, I am against illegal immigrants and think we should take radical steps to stop the flow of people entering here illegally. In addition, we should take prudent steps to deport those already here illegally.

Yet, the Arizona state legislature has gone too far:

Under the Arizona law, which passed the state House last week and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), police can arrest anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are an illegal immigrant. If they’re not carrying a valid driver’s license or identity papers, police can arrest them.

A good rule is to treat other people the way you would want to be treated. I dare say no reasonable person would support their own personal arrest simply because they're not carrying valid identification.

Currently police need to be invesitigating some other crime before they can enquire into citizenship.

That is proper.

Otherwise this will violate the rights of many legal and law abiding citizens for no good reason.

By the way, I support all types of profiling for good purposes.
That is when the benefits to society dramatically outweigh the costs of profiling by race and other sensitive factors.

Instead of this proposed change,

Here's what we should do to attack this problem:

1. Use the military to secure our borders.
2. Hire civilians to secure our borders.
3. Change the law so that babies of illegals aren't automatically Americans.
4. Fine companies that hire or subcontract undocumented workers
5. Deny legal and social benefits unless people are here legally

This should all be done in conjunction with reform of the legal immigration process to ensure that America has all of the workers we need to function properly.

We need immigrants to do many of the jobs that Americans won't do at such a low price. Yet, it should be a fair process, and not reward people who break our laws.

As a party we need to do more than give lip service to these values.

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