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WHERE CAN I SIGN UP TO BE AN ILLEGAL?

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 12, 2010

If the concept of the “sanctuary city” isn’t enough to convince illegals that the United States isn’t particularly serious about enforcing its immigration laws, how about illegal alien detention centers offering art and cooking classes? Or dance instruction? Or bingo?

What says, “Hey, you’re breaking the law!” better than movie nights and fresh vegetable bars?

After all, if locking up illegal aliens cannot be pleasant, entertaining and convenient – complete with free e-mail and phone service – why bother doing it at all?

From the Houston Chronicle:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are preparing to roll out a series of changes at several privately owned immigration detention centers, including relaxing some security measures for low-risk detainees and offering art classes, bingo and continental breakfast on the weekends.

The changes, detailed in an internal ICE e-mail obtained by the Houston Chronicle, were welcomed by immigrant advocates who have been waiting for the Obama administration to deliver on a promise made in August to overhaul the nation’s immigration detention system.

The 28 changes identified in the e-mail range from the superficial to the substantive. In addition to “softening the look of the facility” with hanging plants and offering fresh carrot sticks, ICE will allow for the “free movement” of low-risk detainees, expand visiting hours and provide unmonitored phone lines.

And, lucky us, it’s going to happen at taxpayer expense.

Tre Rebstock, president for Local 3332, the ICE union in Houston, likened the changes to creating “an all-inclusive resort” for immigration detainees.

Rebstock also questioned the cost to taxpayers for the changes.

“My grandparents would have loved to have bingo night and a dance class at the retirement home they were in when they passed away, but that was something we would have had to pay for,” he said. “And yet these guys are getting it on the taxpayers’ dime.”

Lory Rosenberg of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights for Amnesty International says the changes “will go some way to making this system less penal.”

How nice.

Because the last thing anyone wants is for illegal aliens in an illegal alien detention center to have to be subjected to anything penal.

How about unlimited internet access for the detainees? Or weekly group treks to Applebees for French onion soup? Or massage therapy? Or laptops?

Why not offer the male detainees thrice-weekly visits with a prostitute as well? After all, even illegal aliens have needs.
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THE NATIONAL GUARD IS GOING TO THE BORDER … TO PUSH PAPER AND THINGS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 26, 2010

From the “Do The Math” file …

The President means business.

The border that separates the United States and Mexico – the one that doesn’t help define our nation, according to Barack Obama – is just about 2,000 miles long. Yesterday, it was announced that the President will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the nation’s southern border to help secure America. That’s comes to one additional soldier for every 1 2/3 miles.

Who needs a wall now?

(That sound you hear is a whole lot of Mexicans shaking in their shoes, wondering what on Earth they’re going to do now).

But open-border advocates, anti-sovereignty types and assorted leftists need not fear. They may, indeed, have frightening images of armed-to-the-teeth Guardsmen patrolling America’s border dancing through their minds, but that isn’t exactly what Bam has in mind. A closer look at what the President is doing reveals that this isn’t about true defense of the border.

According to the Associated Press:

The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking drug trafficking. The troops will temporarily supplement border patrol agents until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, the administration official said.

In other words, an absolute waste.

“But wait, Andy!” you cry.

“Aren’t you for sending the National Guard to the border?”

“Aren’t you just reflexively taking the anti-Obama position on this because you despise him and want him to fail and hate the fact that he is so handsome and articulate?”

“Aren’t you just a puppy-kicking, balloon-popping, joyless, intolerant racist?”

Let’s be clear … If this was really about defending the United States and securing the southern border, I’d be the first one to stand up an applaud the move.

But that’s not what this is about.

When you hear words like “supplement” and “analysis” and “support” being used in the context of an action meant to secure this nation, it cannot be taken seriously. Obama might as well order the Guard to leave chips, dip and Gatorade in the desert so the illegals have something to snack on as they make their way to one of our “sanctuary cities.”

Senator Jon Kyle of Arizona says these are “desk jobs.”

This is not a serious attempt to secure the US-Mexico border. This is why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

This is about the President being able to say he did something. This is about heading Republicans off at the pass who wanted to force a vote on deploying troops to the border. This is about trying to tenderize the opposition with a talking point while Obamacrats prepare to take the State of Arizona into the courtroom over their new illegal alien law … or if not that (because even they will have to realize can’t win), then it’s about paving the way for some sort of amnesty bill.

Blah, blah, blah …

My dear friends, this is Barack Obama.

That means it is never about the United States of America.

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BRACELET SOLIDARITY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 23, 2010

In the event you were not aware of this, here’s a little Sunday morning tidbit to gnaw on: As if a standing ovation wasn’t enough … Our Vice President, along with the Speaker of the House, wore little rubber bracelets as a show of solidarity with Mexican President Felipe Calderon when he came to Washington to blast Arizona’s new illegal alien law last week.

Isn’t that delicious?

Two of the three most powerful people in the United States (at least on paper) darned anti-Arizona apparel that openly sided with a foreign head of state against citizens of their own country.

Yes, Vice President Bumble-Mouth and House Speaker Nitwit sent the message that they couldn’t care less about those who respect the rule of law in this country, but will wear symbolic bracelets (not unlike pre-pubescent girls) in honor of those who don’t.

With every poll continuing to show that the vast majority of Americans favor the Arizona law – and with high-profile critics of the law, including the Attorney General of the United States and the Secretary of Homeland Security, admitting they still haven’t read the thing – the dazzling arrogance of the likes of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi is breathtaking. Not only do they throw steaming excrement on American citizens by having the audacity to wear these insulting rubber bracelets, they do so in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

Why didn’t they just blow their noses in an American flag or declare California and Arizona “occupied territory” from the House floor?

What exactly are standing up for here? With whom or what exactly are they supposedly showing solidarity?

Those who endorse breaking American laws?

Those who crap on American sovereignty?

Those who have had more harsh words about law-abiding conservative Americans than law-breaking illegal aliens?

A foreign President who stood on American soil and actually had the tamales to lambaste an American law while our President stood close by, doing his best impression of a lawn ornament?

Unbelievable.

On second thought … very believable.

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A MISSED OPPORTUNITY WITH MEXICO

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

What's a little border among friends?

What would have been a real stride toward solidifying the “bonds” with Mexico that help to define our nation – as President Barack Obama said yesterday – was if the United States, in honor of our neighbors to the south, publicly announced a brand-spanking-new immigration policy identical to that of Mexico.

Just think of how historic that would have been. 

With Mexican President Felipe Calderon standing by his side, imagine how thick the “bonds” that help define our nation – as President Barack Obama said yesterday – would have become if, as a true gesture of friendship and admiration, Barack Obama announced that the United States had decided to enact, word for word, the very immigration policy currently on the books in Mexico.

It would have been a moment for the ages.

Obama could have announced that simply to be an illegal alien in the United States would be a felony … just like it is in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that people would be admitted into the United States “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress” … just like they are in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that immigrants will be “useful elements for the country” and that they must have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents … just like it is in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that foreigners can, and will, be removed if their presence disturbs “the equilibrium of the national demographics” … just like they are in Mexico.

Obama could have announced that those who are deported from the United States and re-enter the country illegally can be put in prison for up to ten years … just like in Mexico.

He could have done that.

He didn’t.

Talk about missing a golden opportunity …

Instead, the White House opted to throw an over-the-top, glitz-and-glam state dinner last evening for the leader of the nation who supplies America with the vast majority of its illegal aliens – a party rife with celebrities, fashionistas and leftocrat elites.  This is the same White House that has ridiculed corporations for paying CEOs outlandish sums of money, told us that we just can’t eat everything we want, and said that a recession was no time for profits.

Is there anyone who doesn’t believe that if crude oil were washing up on Louisiana’s shore while a Republican occupied the White House – and, say, a glamorous party honoring Israel were being thrown – a date would have been set already for the impeachment hearings?

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VIVE LE COSTA MESA!

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

A phrase you may hear being used more and more as the illegal immigration debate lumbers forward is: Rule of Law City.”

Let’s hope so. It’s as catchy as it is accurate.

It is the antitoxin – the neutralizer – to the supreme joke and embarrassment that is the modern “sanctuary city,” most recently coined by Mayor Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa, California, and validated by the city council there on Tuesday.

From the Orange County Register: 

Costa Mesa, California Mayor, Allan Mansoor

The City Council made it clear Tuesday night that people who are in the country illegally are not welcome in their city.

Council members voted to pass a resolution declaring Costa Mesa a “Rule of Law City” at the behest of Mayor Allan Mansoor, who has long been known as a vocal opponent of illegal immigration.

“I have a lot of concerns with cities calling themselves sanctuary cities,” Mansoor said before the vote. “It’s important we state that we do not support illegal immigration.”

Mansoor’s proposal was met with comments from five public speakers, all of whom criticized it. Some said the declaration would paint the city in a bad light and polarize the community. Others called the resolution a political move by Mansoor in his bid for the state Assembly.

The council voted 4-0 in favor of the declaration. Council member Katrina Foley was absent.

As in Arizona, the key here is that Costa Mesa is taking the step of enforcing laws that already exist at the national level but are all but being ignored.

To that end, being a “Rule of Law City” will also have an important “bonus consequence.”

It will have the effect of triggering a wave of self-deportations, as we are starting to see happen in Arizona. Indeed, the perception of the law among illegals will prove a powerful motivator – not to all, but to many. And even though there is absolutely nothing in this law, or the one in Arizona, about racial profiling, it won’t matter. The view among illegal aliens that “cops are coming after me” will be a valuable tool in getting many illegals to leave.

It’s called deterrence. It’s what keeps even the most law-abiding among us from engaging in bad behavior.

Along with common sense, history is also on the side of the “bonus consequence” argument.

A 2009 report put out by the Center of Immigration Studies says that the illegal alien population in Arizona dropped by nearly 200,000 in two years due, in large part, to increased efforts by the state to deal with the problem of illegals.

Since, from a Democrat perspective, this entire debate is really about appeasing minority voting blocks – even though this is not a minority issue – how about actually requiring people to prove their American citizenship before being allowed to vote?

How about enforcing that law?

Is there anything more basic – and obvious – than making sure that those who vote in American elections are actually Americans?

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CITIZEN OF THE WORLD ALERT

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 19, 2010

I’m so delighted that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has finally infused some badly-needed clarity into the immigration debate. I knew it was only a matter of time before the most consequential and sumptuous man ever to occupy the Oval Office wrapped his mighty hands around the tumor of confusion that is the immigration discussion and ripped it out of the body politic.

The healing may now officially begin.

And just like that, over two centuries of timeworn thinking – born of repression, exclusion, alienation and greed – has finally been cast onto the trash heap of time. The “fences” built by that overrated gang of dead, slave-owning white guys who obsessed over God, guns and liberty all those years ago are no longer a constraint in these newly transformed United States – except, of course, in the terrorist state of Arizona.

Taking a page from his “Citizen of The World” handbook, Barack Obama today said that the United States of America is not defined by its borders.

Speaking to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama said:

Mr. President, your visit speaks to a truth of our time in North America and the world. In the 21st Century, we are defined, not by our borders, but by our bonds. So, I say to you and the Mexican people, “Let us stand together. Let us face the future together. Let us work together.”

I am regularly amazed – although I shouldn’t be – when liberals speak. So often when they open their mouths, they make sounds approximating coherent language but say absolutely nothing – and yet, their words are regularly heralded as sheer brilliance, particularly in the case of Barack Obama.

Take a moment and re-read what President Obama said.

There is not a proton’s worth of meaning or substance in a single word of it. It isn’t even banal enough to grab the attention of fortune cookie makers and bumper sticker companies.

He said nothing.

How exactly are we defined by our “bonds?” What on earth is that supposed to mean in the real world? How does what we may have in common with another nation define us?

Mr. President, the United States of America is defined by her values. We are defined, as talk show host Dennis Prager commonly says, by the American Trinity: “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” and “Liberty.” It is what makes this country the greatest the world has ever known. It is what makes America a beacon to the entire world. It is what sets us apart from other free nations.

“Bonds” do not define this country … whatever that means.

That may, indeed, be the most birdbrained utterance ever to come out of Barack Obama’s mouth – and believe me, consdiering the body of his work, I don’t make such a statement lightly.

And what the hell does “let us face the future together” mean? (Did the White House hand out complimentary vomit sacks to those in attendance today?) Why not throw in an “All for one and one for all” while you’re there? Or a “We’ve got to pull together” for good measure?

Is this man paid by the cliche?

My God, is there a man alive who can spew more emptiness and meaninglessness that Barack Obama?

Incidentally, the crack staff here at Roman Around is trying to determine whether or not Obama bowed to Calderon.

Also, it cannot be confirmed whether or not Calderon presented Obama with the Cheech and Chong collectors DVD box set.

And just so you know … President Obama took two questions today – one from a reporter from Univision, and other from a Mexican newspaper.

That’s all, folks.

I’m surprised he didn’t mention anything about Arlen Specter getting his ass kicked last night.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL: I HAVEN’T READ IT YET … BUT, MAN, DO I HAVE CRITICISMS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 14, 2010

Our Attorney General, Eric Holder

He’s questioned the wisdom and constitutionality of the law. He’s conceded that the law is not racist by motivation, but is concerned that it could lead to racial profiling. He’s worried that “people will be picked on because of how they look as opposed to what they have done.” He’s called Arizona’s new immigration law “unfortunate” and expressed alarm that it “could lead to potential abuse and create a wedge between law enforcement and the community.”

The Attorney General of the United States is clearly troubled by developments in the great Grand Canyon State.

Indeed, Eric Holder sounds like a man who knows the law inside and out – a man who has picked the controversial measure apart with a fine-tooth judicial comb. He sounds like someone who comes to the table well-prepared to back up his claims, armed to the teeth with key phrases and clauses taken directly from the language of the law that give his concerns credence and legitimacy.

After all, when the chief law enforcement officer of the United States opens his mouth on matters of law, isn’t it reasonable that we expect him to know what he’s talking about?

Perhaps we expect too much.

It turns out that the Attorney General of the United States – ever-quick to open his cake hole and proffer commentary on the new Arizona illegal alien law – hasn’t even read the thing.

From the Washington Times:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

Mr. Holder is conducting a review of the law, at President Obama’s request, to see if the federal government should challenge it in court. He said he expects he will read the law by the time his staff briefs him on their conclusions.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government.

He heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another that the new Arizona law could be trouble. Thus, based on hearsay, America’s top law man felt he knew enough about it to publicly tender his opinion and concerns on the matter.

Nice job, Eric.

Note that the Attorney General said he was not in a position to say exactly what his position on the subject was, even though he did just that on several occasions.

Welcome to the golden days of the Messianic Age.

America can rest easy knowing that Eric Holder “expects” to plow through the voluminous ten pages that comprise the text of the Arizona law soon.

We are in good hands.

Take a “warm and fuzzy” out of petty cash.

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PRIORITIZING NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 8, 2010

Who have been the stone and brick throwers? Who have been the ones chaining themselves together in circles in the street blocking traffic? Who have been the ones vandalizing businesses? Who have been hurling bottles at police? Which protestors have been regularly resorting to violence?

Tea Partiers? Or illegal immigrants and their supporters?

Who have taken to shooting up military installations and opening fire at recruiting stations on American soil? Which group of people has attempted to blow up Times Square, Los Angeles Airport, the Brooklyn Bridge and several in-flight airplanes? Which people are hell-bent on murdering innocents?

Tea Partiers? Or Islamist terrorists?

Before you venture to answer that question, you probably ought to check with Democrat Congressman Andre Carson from Indiana. In discussing Tea Partiers who had gathered in Washington to protest Obamacare, the following exchange took place with a reporter on March 20th:

REPORTER: Do you think the people outside are dangerous?

CARSON: Oh, absolutely. I worked in Homeland Security. I come from Intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security – I mean, terrorism has an Islamic face – it really comes from racial supremacist groups. This kind of animosity, it’s the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record.

REPORTER: From groups like this?

CARSON: Oh absolutely.

This is the same man who, when asked to enumerate America’s greatest threats, listed racism and terrorism … in that order.

Racism, in the world of Andre Carson, is at least as serious a threat to national security as are Islamist terrorists and illegal aliens.

And he means it.

According to Carson, the threat to this nation’s security posed by Tea Partiers cannot be overemphasized. He should know. After all, he was in Intelligence … so to speak.

This is example 12,917 of why liberals (and other children) cannot be trusted with national security.

And speaking of fear mongering … Let us not forget that President Barack Obama – the unifier, the great orator and soother – rewrote Chapters 2 through 5 in the Little Fear Mongerers Companion and Workbook when he said:

You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in Arizona, your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state, but now suddenly if you don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re gonna be harassed. That’s something that could potentially happen. That’s not the right way to go.

And no one – no one – in the mainstream gerbil cage has the avocados to challenge him on such an absurd and irresponsible statement.

It’s a disgusting lie, Mr. President.

A disgusting lie, Mr. Race Baiter.

…with all due respect.

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H/T to the great Say Anything blog.

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BARACK O-FIBBER

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 6, 2010

Yesterday, as he celebrated Cinco De Mayo, President Barack Obama, in commenting on the new Arizona illegal-immigration law, took a page from the Race Baiters Illustrated Handbook and said the following:

The answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation. We can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress. We can’t turn law-abiding American citizens and law-abiding immigrants into subjects of suspicion and abuse. We can’t divide the American people that way. That’s not the answer. That’s not who we are.

How ironic it is that those words should spring from the tongue (and teleprompter) of America’s foremost divider.

My question to Barack Obama would be: Mr. President, if the “immigrants,” as you call them, are here illegally – which is what we’re talking about here –  how can they be law abiding?

The President is either completely ignorant of the law – and considering his extensive history of speaking before knowing, it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch – or he is flat out lying.

Either way, I must also ask: Precisely what defining “fundamental principles” are being undermined here? The state of Arizona acted as they did because President Barack Obama will not do what it is his Constitutional charge to do: defend the borders. Arizona, like many other states, is being inundated with illegals. Something had to be done.

And it was.

The majority of Americans think it was the right thing to do.

Contrary to Obama’s sloganeering, this nation is not defined by its indisposition to crack down on illegal aliens. This country is not characterized by its propensity to capitulate to whiny special interests who feel they are entitled to break our laws. America is not a more accommodating nation because of our failure (and unwillingness) to enforce illegal immigration statutes.

Yet, in Barack Obama’s world –  a world where the word “illegal” and “immigrant” never appear in the same speech, let alone the same sentence – America’s core principles are somehow imperiled here.

Let’s be frank for a moment. No one – least of all illegal aliens (i.e., undocumented Democrats) – can possibly take our illegal immigration policies very seriously. How sincere can this nation really be about addressing this problem when we have sanctuary cities?

What is fundamental is the right of this nation to defend its sovereignty and protect all of its citizenry, regardless of creed, color, race, ethnicity and sex. (Yes libs, that includes Americans of Hispanic ancestry, too). It is simply inconceivable to me that the Commander-In-Chief President cannot – and will not – acknowledge this reality.

Then again, this is Barack Obama.

Also, what is the President talking about when he says that “we can’t start singling out people because of who they look like, or how they talk, or how they dress”?

Does he realize how tenth-grade-debating-society he sounds? Does he understand how foolishly naïve and ridiculously uninformed he comes across as? He is as obtuse as he is liberal. (Redundant, I know).

Where exactly is this “singling out” happening? Where in this country are people being “singled out” because of what they look like? The preposterousness of the assertion cannot be overstated. The language of the Arizona law is very specific on this. It does not permit Arizona law enforcement officials to simply “single out” people based on looks or accents, despite the President’s race-baiting predications. It is profoundly irresponsible to say so.

Seeing as it is Barack Obama’s responsibility to make sure America’s borders are secure – and seeing as he has done nothing to do so – it is almost burlesque to hear him berate the state of Arizona for finally taking action. Then again, this President is the master at launching attacks against those who have the audacity – the balls, if you will – to oppose him.

How dare we.

Let’s be clear … again … no one is being picked up, stopped, questioned or incarcerated because of the melanin levels in their skin, the accent on their tongue or their style of apparel (although I’m happy to make a case for those teenage boys who can’t seem to pull up their pants).

I’m not sure how many ways it can be expressed, or how many times it must be repeated, but I’ll give it another go: This is not about Hispanics!

This is about entitled liberals wanting the federal government to promote a policy of sympathy toward a specific minority group, despite the law.

This is about the cheap and pugnacious desperation of race-baiting.

This is about an administration effectively saying “to hell with you” to its citizens while mollycoddling genuine lawbreakers.

The only people being subject to “suspicion” and “abuse,” as Bam puts it, are those to have the temerity to stand up and speak out against him (e.g., tea-partiers, talk-radio listeners, conservatives, etc.)

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ARIZONA ILLEGAL ALIEN LAW A WINNER FOR THE GOP?

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 5, 2010

There have been a good number of conservative pundits and analysts who have made no bones about the fact that, from a political standpoint, they believe the new Arizona illegal alien law could be trouble for the Republican Party. Concerns range from forever losing the Hispanic vote to diverting attention away from the daily-disaster that is the Obama administration. Good folks on the right worry that a golden opportunity to cause serious political damage to the flailing Dems could be lost if the GOP comes across as too hard-nosed, unwelcoming and uncompassionate on this issue.

Nonsense.

This is not your Dad’s immigration debate.

The state of Arizona has changed the rules of the game in a profound – and what I believe will be a most effective – way. In my humblest of opinions, as I have written on several occasions, Arizona’s new focus on enforcing already existing immigration laws will demonstrate that this the best way to deter illegals from coming into the United States today. States that follow Arizona’s lead will see not only a decrease in incoming illegals, but will cause many illegals to emigrate elsewhere or self-deport.

This, of course, does not negate the necessity of a fence along the border. I am a huge proponent of “sealing” the border in whatever way is necessary to protect the United States.

However, deterrence is the key. There can be no doubt about it. The word is out that Arizona is unfriendly to illegals … as it should be.

Not Hispanics. Illegals.

For those on the right who are voicing concerns that the Arizona immigration law could backfire on them, they might find some political comfort in knowing that the issue is actually a winner with Americans – despite mainstream media reports to the contrary.

Jonathon Martin at Politico writes:

The new hard-line Arizona immigration law that has sparked talk of boycotts and caused leading Republicans to fret about the party’s frayed relationship with Hispanic voters may indeed pose a long-term threat to the GOP’s prospects.

But in the here and now — and in many of the most competitive races that will determine control of Congress — the law appears to be a poison-tipped arrow in the Republican quiver.

New polling indicates broad public support for the measure and illustrates the peril embattled Democrats could face this November over the issue.

In the South and Midwest, where some of the most competitive congressional races will be fought, popular sentiment is overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial new law.

According to a New York Times/CBS poll released Monday, 69 percent of respondents from the South said that the law is either “about right” or does not go “far enough” and 66 percent from the Midwest said the same. Opinion is more divided in the Northeast and West, but nationwide, 60 percent of respondents said the Arizona measure is about right or doesn’t go far enough.

Expectedly, Republicans tend to favor the Arizona law while Democrats generally oppose it.

Independents side with Republicans on this one.

In short, Republicans side with the law.

Democrats side with undocumented liberals who are pouring over the border.

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TEXAS GOVERNOR SAYS ARIZONA’S ILLEGAL ALIENS LAW ISN’T FOR HIS STATE

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 30, 2010

Et tu, Governor Perry?

The new Arizona illegal alien law that has twisted so many panties across the map will not be a good fit for the Lone Star State, says Texas Governor, Rick Perry. “I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas,” he said in a written statement.

Sometimes cold hard reality is a great clarifyer.

I have always been an admirer of Perry’s, but his “path to citizenship” posture – like George W. Bush’s – is wrong-minded and painfully aggravating. Most importantly, it won’t solve the problem.

Said the Governor:

“Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner, and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state,” Perry said Thursday. “As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government’s failure to adequately protect our borders.

“Securing our border is a federal responsibility, but it is a Texas problem, and it must be addressed before comprehensive immigration reform is discussed.”

With all due respect to Mr. Perry – as I continue to rattle my head in bewilderment at the plethora of non sequiturs being proferred by opponents of the Arizona law – what on God’s green earth does America’s “rich history” with Mexico have to do with anything? What does our trading status with Mexico have to do with enforcing illegal immigration laws? What does any of that have to do with keeping illegals out of our country and deterring new ones from coming in?

I honestly don’t understand it.

Perry says the focus must remain on border security and the Fed’s inability to get the job done.

Okay, fine.

But how long is long enough? Washington has kicked the illegal-immigration can down the dusty road of voter-block appeasement time and time again. It was inevitable that the breaking point would be reached. Arizona lawmakers, along with Governor Jan Brewer, finally decided that if anything was actually going to get done, it had to happen at the state level.

And the vast majority of Arizonians – and, indeed, Americans – think it was the right thing to do.

God bless Arizona.

In the meantime, other states need to take notice.

Real deterrence to illegal immigration will only be accomplished by the type of law put into effect in Arizona in conjunction with enhanced border security.

Indeed, everyone agrees that securing the borders in an absolute must. But for many, the way to approach the illegal immigration problem is to secure the border first, then worry about the illegals that are alreday here at a later time.

It sounds nice on paper, but it isn’t much of a deterrent.

Deterrence is the key.

More potential illegal aliens will be dissauded if they believe that American law enforcement agencies are now making it their business to crack down inside the country. For illegals, it will be an obstacle they have not had to contend with in the past.

Historically, the main encumbrance for these law breakers was simply getting into the country. Once they found a way past whatever barriers there were – often times nothing more than a chain link fence – they were essentially home free. There existed no real effort to go after them. Whatever obstacles they had to face at the border was worth the trouble. Besides, how can a country’s immigration policy really be taken seriously when there exist “sanctuary cities?”

The fact is, no matter how much security is at the border – and believe me, more is obviously better –  it won’t stop people from finding ways to slither through.

It could ultimately prove far more successful to approach this from the inside out. Given that the Feds will spend their time polishing off slogans for bumper stickers instead of defending the border, individual states could – and should – begin passing their own illegal-immigration laws, à la Arizona,  that send the message that illegals are not welcome.

As for the illegal aliens that are already here, many will wind up deporting themselves … or going to a friendlier, more-accomodating state.

Watch the population of illegals go up dramatically in those states that do not pass an Arizona-style immigration law – including the great state of Texas.

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CAN MICHAEL STEELE SAY THE WORDS “ILLEGAL ALIEN?”

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 30, 2010

Okay, enough is enough.

I’ve long since exhausted my reserve of tolerance for the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. I’ve already gone into tolerance debt regarding the man and his weak-minded, poorly-articulated, do-nothing leadership of a party that should be running for an easy touchdown with a ball long ago fumbled by flailing Obamacrats.

I am no longer willing to dig into my “benefit of the doubt” bag.

I am tired of Michael Steele’s act.

It’s bad enough that in the past he has succumbed to breaking out the race card on behalf of his party. It’s embarrassing that he feels white Republicans are afraid of him. It’s sad that he could not stand up to D. L. Hughley’s assertion that the Republican National Convention was reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

(Is there anything liberals disagree with that does not resemble Nazi Germany?)

Apparently, Michael Steele cannot – or will not – make the very real distinction between immigrants and illegal aliens. It’s the same thinking that keeps the Left from being able to differentiate between health care and health insurance.

On CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the exchange, in part, went like this:

BLITZER: As you know, the former Florida governor, Jeb Bush – Marco Rubio is running for the US Senate from Florida, another Republican – they’re among an increasing chorus of Republicans thinking, “Well, maybe the Arizona law is a mistake.” What does Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland say about that?

STEELE: (laughs) Well, Michael Steele, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, understands that the realities right now for the country, as reflected in Arizona and elsewhere, is that we, as a people, have to come to grips with this issue of immigration. We can no longer use it as a political football. We must keep in mind the families that are impacted by the lack of decision in this area. And the leadership has to confront what has always been the growing chorus of concern for the American people: this deal with border security and control. Let’s put that house in order and rest takes care of itself.

Someone really ought to inform the RNC Chair that this is not – repeat not – about immigration. 

Overwhelmingly, Americans welcome immigration. We are pro-immigration. The nation was built on immigration. We recognize that America is strongest when the best and brightest from all over the world come here to pursue the American dream … legally.

This is about illegal aliens.

The key word here is “illegal.”

It’s simple stuff, really.

BLITZER: But you know there are some Republican strategists – Karl Rove, among others – who are worried. This is going to alienate Hispanic voters. The Republican Party needs these people.

STEELE: I think Karl Rove is exactly right about that. And we need, as a party, to be mindful that our prior actions in this area – and certainly our rhetoric in this area – has not been the most welcoming and the most supportive of those who want to assimilate to the way of life of America …

First of all, why are Hispanics going to be automatically alienated? Are all Hispanics inherently in favor of “illegal immigration?” Are they so shallow of a group, with no sense of right and wrong – so incapable of thinking independently – that they will reflexively vote Democrat because a Republican governor is finally deciding to uphold and enforce already existing laws in Arizona? If Mexico were populated with fair-skinned Swedes, would they react differently?

Second, what “rhetoric” by Republicans is Michael Steel talking about? What “prior actions” is he referring to? At last look, Democrats – including the President himself – are the ones constantly infusing race, gender, class and ethnicity into every situation, not Republicans.

Let me be clear. The passage of the law in Arizona has nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with anything other than the legality of someone’s presence in the country, period.

To be “welcoming” does not mean one turns a blind eye to the law. To be “supportive” does not mean we appease those who should not be here at the expense of those who are.

The question is … why are Hispanics so overwhelmingly “in the bag” for Democrats and gutless Republicans on this particular issue? Isn’t that the real question here? Isn’t that more important than asking why there are so many whites at the Tea Parties?

Think about it.

If the Tea Party movement really was race-based, as libs contend, how can there are so many whites on the Left making no sense? If the country south of America was filled with blond-haired, blue-eyed Norwegians, and they were crossing into the country illegally, would white America look away? Are white drug overlords more tolerable than Hispanic ones? Would the murder of an Arizona rancher by a white man been more acceptable had the illegal alien been Caucasian?

Fair questions, no?

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