On Thursday, May 20, Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, stood before our Congress and criticized Arizona’s new immigration law. And, most of our Congress stood and applauded, politely, giving Calderon some measure of respect. Thankfully, Senator Orrin Hatch had the “stones” to make a statement that Felipe’s comments were out of line. Hatch said, “It is inappropriate for a head of state to question our laws, especially when the state of Arizona only acted in the best interest of its citizens.” Frankly, I don’t understand why some of our congressman did not walk out of the chambers during Caldron’s speech. Caldron’s own country-men are the reason that Arizona was forced to take action. The violence (murder, rape, kidnappings, human smuggling, drugs, etc.) that comes along with many of the illegals that constantly stream into our country is justification for Arizona’s law…..a law that closely follows the existing Federal laws on immigration!
Recent polls show that 84% of those surveyed felt that requiring people to show documents if officials have “reasonable cause” to ask was fair. 65% felt that any state should have the right to pass their own immigration laws to protect their borders. And, 76% favored allowing local officials to detain anyone who cannot prove immigration status. Pay attention, Washington!!!!
Yes, it is reasonable for many Mexicans to want to escape a country with a 17% poverty level, extraordinary high crime rates, corrupt local officials, and, murderous drug cartels. But, immigration must be orderly and controlled. The federal government has done little to protect our borders. The fences are mostly a joke because there is not adequate manpower to patrol them. We have tens of thousands of troops in distant countries….why not post a few thousand along our southern border?
Caldron was totally out of line with his speech! And Congress was out of line listening to him. The feds are asleep at the switch on immigration. Thankfully, American citizens are finally awakening from the hypnotic spell cast by the progressive left. Heads are going to continue to roll until Washington listens.
And, Felipe, get back across the border and try to get your own country under control before you criticize the greatest country in the world. Adios, mi amigo!
2010…Without Doubt, Vote Them Out!
P.S. Felipe is another Ivy Leaguer!