Arizona Acts, Obama Whines

Finally, a border state takes serious action to turn back the tide of illegal immigration:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that seeks to crack down on illegal immigration.

The sweeping measure will make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It will also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

Requiring police to question potentially illegal immigrants sounds harsh even to my ears, but it depends on how “a reason to suspect they are in the country illegally” is defined. With the assumption that Arizona’s local authorities will behave rationally, this bill marks a big improvement over the leftist approach of making it nearly impossible for police to identify illegal immigrants.

Predictably, leftists are in an uproar over Arizona’s legislature tackling Arizona’s problem like adults:

“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” Obama said. “That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

Yes, that is the President of the United States, whining like an ACLU lawyer about how enforcing laws will ruin our trust in the authorities. Illegal immigrants are breaking the law by being in Arizona – right? Isn’t that what it means when you put the words “illegal” and “immigrant” side by side?

As far as President Obama is concerned, dealing with illegal immigration in any manner that doesn’t convert a lawbreaking interest group into permanent Democrat voters is irresponsible. Given Obama’s definition of what’s not irresponsible, it’s tough to share his concern. Federalism: sorry D.C. hippies, but we’ve still got some.

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