Arizona is in the hot seat of the immigration debate. Most of the country will never know what it’s like to be a border state… simply a geographic reality.

On the one side, we have people who claim it’s racist to try and stop people from sneaking across the border, under the idea that “we’re all immigrants from somewhere.” On the other side are the more rational people, who understand that there’s a difference between legal and illegal immigration. Immigration without documentation is a recipe for bad. Drug importation, criminals crossing to get away from Mexico, and millions entering to work without having to pay into the system the rest of us pay into.

Arizona can’t afford to take care of illegals anymore than California or Texas can. California has basically bankrupted themselves trying to do just that.

I am all for sensible immigration reform. Lord knows it would be nearly impossible to deport the 20+ million illegals currently here. And I also understand that we need the extra labor to do crappy jobs…. OR DO WE? Unemployment is 10%. I’ll bet some of those people would be happy to pick fruit to feed their families. Don’t you think?

Here are some statistics for you:

Cost of incarceration of criminal illegal immigrants since 2008: $24,000,000,000 – Yes, that’s billions.

Money wired to Mexico since 2001: $257,000,000,000

Cost of social services to illegals since 1996: $397,000,000,000

Number of illegals who are criminal fugitives from justice (known): 740,159

Number of skilled jobs occupied by illegal aliens: 11,576,000

Number of illegal alien children in our public schools: 5,029,000

Now, I realize it’s considered racist to profile Latinos. But the truth is, Latinos are the ones illegally immigrating en masse, and many (if not most) of the Latinos here LEGALLY support those who are here illegally. How do we solve this problem WITHOUT profiling?

Terrorists are usually middle easterners, criminals are usually males 16-35 years old (and if we’re being REALLY non-PC, most of those are black), and illegal aliens are usually Mexican. Those are simply facts, not racial comments.

So given the number of fugitives, drug dealers, etc. that are mixed in with the “good” illegals, what is YOUR suggestion for solving the problem. I’m especially interested in hearing from those of you opposed to the Arizona bill.

  3 comments for “Arizona

  1. April 26, 2010 at 10:21 am

    This has been a hot spot for me for decades. I came to the U.S. on a tourist visa, true, BUT I had an education, work experience, and spoke English as my first language. Yet, I did not “qualify” for a work permit (“green card”) while scores of “political refugees” made up of non-English speaking, middle-aged, unskilled, uneducated, illiterate-in-their-own language people were being trucked in, given welfare, and then proceeded to ship over their large families. It took some major work for me to get legal and I immediately started paying taxes. I don’t disagree with immigration, but it SHOULD be legal.

  2. April 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I’m with you 100%, DK.

  3. Livieloo
    April 27, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I think we should bring our military back from all over the world and station them along the entire border between Mexico and the U.S. Someone did the math and told me that if we were to bring back our troops to defend our borders on our own land we could have an American soldier every 50 ft along the Mexico border.
    I think this is a great idea because I think America needs to start worrying about itself and its own borders before it branches out across the globe. An added benefit is that if the military did occupy all of the boarder states it would generate revenue for those States and a lot of those states could use it right now. Military personnel would also be closer to friends and family. I think it’s a win, win situation. However, I don’t see the current administration supporting the idea. Alas!
    I would also like to add that I had a professor a few semesters back who spent a lot of time in states like New Mexico and Arizona studying Native American Culture. He said that the illegal immigrants that come across the boarder are so dangerous that it’s simply understood that if you see one of them tresspassing on your land you shoot them or you get shot. He said that a large number of them are smuggling drugs across the border.

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