Go figure that the over-the-top hyperbole coming from the left and their “mainstream media” allies regarding Arizona’s new law is just as much a bunch of hooey as when we heard the same rhetoric about the Rule of Law Resolution in 2007. When references to Nazi Germany and the KKK were made even before the left had much of a chance to actually look at the legislation, I couldn’t imagine that they’d fall into the same useless, vapid, and ultimately unproductive lying as they had employed here one a few years ago, but alas their playbook remains the same no matter how ineffective it is proven to be. The predictability of the left, while annoying, brings us hope for better times when the consequences of their behavior are fully delivered.
Kris Kobach delivers the death blows to the left’s outrageous mendacity today in tones that are very familiar to the Prince William County residents who saw this exact same discussion take place before:
Myth No. 1: The law requires aliens to carry identification that they weren’t already required to carry. On the contrary, the law simply penalizes aliens who fail to carry the registration documents that federal law already requires them to keep on their person. These federal crimes (8 United States Code Section 1304(a) or 1306(e)) have been around since 1940. The Arizona law simply adds a layer of state penalty to what already was a crime under federal law.
Ironically, the open-borders crowd has for years insisted that we use the term “undocumented” when referring to illegal aliens. Now, when a state takes seriously the documentation requirements of federal law, that crowd becomes apoplectic.
As for U.S. citizens, the law does not require them to carry any identification whatsoever. Indeed, the law cannot possibly be applied against U.S. citizens; only an alien can be found guilty under the Arizona statute.
Myth No. 2: The law will encourage racial profiling. The terms of the act make clear that such profiling cannot occur. Section 2 provides that a law enforcement official “may not solely consider race, color, or national origin” in making any stops or determining an alien’s immigration status. In addition, all of the normal Fourth Amendment protections against racial profiling still apply.
Moreover, the law actually reduces the likelihood of racial profiling by forcing police officers to contact the federal government to verify a person’s immigration status when they suspect a person is an illegal alien. It already was permissible for police officers across the country to make arrests for violations of federal immigration law where reasonable suspicion existed that a violation had occurred. Now, in Arizona, officers will have to make a phone call to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 24/7 hot line to confirm that any aliens in their custody really are present unlawfully. Officers can no longer proceed based solely on their own assessment of a person’s immigration status. In this way, the Arizona law takes any consideration of race out of the equation - strengthening the protections against racial profiling.
Myth No. 3: The law will require Arizona police officers to stop and question people. Here again, critics of the law are failing to read it carefully. The law only kicks in when a police officer already has made a “lawful contact” with a person, such as stopping him for breaking another law. The most likely contact is during the issuance of a speeding ticket. The law does not require the officer to begin questioning a person about his immigration status or to do anything the officer would not otherwise do.
Only after a stop is made, and subsequently the officer develops reasonable suspicion on his own that an immigration law has been violated, is any obligation imposed. At that point, the officer is required to call ICE to confirm whether the person is an illegal alien. Are critics seriously suggesting that local law enforcement officers should ignore the violations of federal law that they see at that point?
In sum, the law doesn’t make any radical changes. Rather, it is a reasonable step that gives Arizona police officers another tool in their toolbox when they come into contact with illegal aliens during their normal law enforcement duties. It also prohibits Arizona cities from implementing sanctuary policies that prevent their officers from contacting ICE.
The left suffered tremendously for their blatant misrepresentation of what the Rule of Law Resolution meant, and will undoubtedly suffer again once the truth is proven in Arizona. At some point only the “mainstream media” will pay any attention to these pollyannas, who at every opportunity prove they aren’t worth listening to.
As the left works overtime to discredit itself, we hope for better days when Marx’s “ash heap of history” fully contains them.
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