I’ve read the entire bill. I could have been a lawyer in a different life, and I sometimes think my best place would be reviewing documents or as a legal nurse. I always read the fine print. Having said that, I think this bill is solid, with the exception of the following subsection:
E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.
THAT section may give them trouble if they don’t define that more clearly; training on exactly what constitutes a violation of this subsection is going to be a must for officers. If I were an officer I would just stay away from detaining anybody on that particular subsection because there are lots of other parts of this law that are clearer and more definitive and will stick in court.
I heard on the BBC World Service yesterday that Mexican activists are planning to come to Arizona “and walk around and try to get arrested” so that they can sue the state for being detained under this law. Well, good luck with that. And I’m assuming you will use our public defender system to cost us money on both sides of the equation?
I also read a quote by a 13 year old Phoenix resident who thinks he won’t be able to walk to school or be on the street anymore because he’s convinced he’ll be detained by “pigs” out to get him because he’s Hispanic. Now, this kid is an American citizen but based on his response I would bet that his parent(s) aren’t. I would also bet that he gets AHCCCS, food stamps, and welfare provided to his parent(s) because of his legal status as a citizen. Calling police ‘pigs’. Nice, that. Great quote for a paper to print.
And that right there gets to the heart of the matter regarding this law. And this problem. Waving a Mexican flag because you want to enjoy the benefits of American life without actually becoming an American — paying taxes, being respectful of the culture and laws, and learning the language — just shows the real agenda of many of the people up in arms about this law. You see, they benefit tremendously in economic terms by the fact that laws already on the books are hamstrung in enforcement terms. If I could work under the table, no matter if I took a 30% or more pay cut, I could still live VERY WELL. If I didn’t have to pay taxes, got welfare, food stamps, and health insurance/care provided to me at no charge, I could live VERY WELL.
I’m getting tired of being punished because I choose to be a productive citizen and work legally, to pay my taxes, and to be a responsible citizen.
Obama (blech) made a big speech to the Tea Partiers (blech) at tax time telling them they ought to thank him for tax cuts that benefitted them. Well, I got news for him. The nominal tax rate might have decreased, but the fact that many, many deductions were taken away for us meant that we owed money again this year anyway. So my actual tax rate increased. And we are living basically of one income, mine. And believe me, I don’t make that much. So what does that do for my motivation to work? It decreases it, dramatically. Why work overtime when it kills me in taxes? Why take a second job to help make ends meet when I get financially punished for it? Why work my butt off to provide tax revenue for people who don’t give a rat’s ass anyway and are simply here to game the system?
There are many people in this country asking the very same questions. Revolution’s a comin’ folks.