The Gap Between Border Security and Obama’s Empty Promises to Reform Immigration

On Friday, April 23, 2010 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an immigration bill into law that is considered to be among the toughest in the United States. The law will make it a crime to not carry immigration documents.  It will give local police the power to stop and arrest people suspected to be in the country illegally even if they aren’t suspected of any other crime. Opponents call it a license to discriminate.  Supporters say it is essential to securing Arizona’s border. 

Critical thinkers must ask, is it legal and is it ethical for a police officer to force a person to produce identification if he or she is suspected of entering the country illegally? Racial profiling is illegal, but isn’t that exactly what this law encourages? Does the need for security supersede the right to basic civil liberties? 

What is legal is not always ethical.  Breaking a promise is not illegal, but it is unethical.  While campaigning, Obama promised to make fixing a broken immigration system a priority in his first year of the presidency, but it’s been more than a year and little has been accomplished. 

President Obama has criticized the Arizona bill as misguided.  He spoke at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service members on Friday and said that the Arizona bill threatens “to undermine basic notions of fairness which we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.” 

While presidents rarely comment on state legislation, the fact that Obama has been so vocal about criticizing the Arizona bill and praising congressional leaders for their bipartisan plans to reform immigration speaks to the power of the immigration debate in this country.  There has been no action on the federal level and that is why Governor Brewer was forced to pass this bill.  She said, “the law represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.” 

A congressional immigration debate would help mobilize Hispanic voters and could potentially help some Democrats fighting to keep their seats like Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) once again.  A debate on immigration would also take the focus off other Democratic issues Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) priotizes like energy measures, however. An honest conversation on immigration seems to frighten Democrats. 

Recently, the debate over border security was intensified following an Arizona cattle rancher’s murder.  Robert Krentz was shot to death on his farm in March. His death drew attention to the threat of ongoing drug-cartel violence because  the border is not just a human-smuggling route, it is also a drug-smuggling corridor. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder called the Mexican cartels a “national security threat.”

Why has Obama failed to live up to his promises and why does he praise plans that have yet to show results?

Brewer further argues that immigration reform is essential for securing the border of Mexico and Arizona. Most Americans agree that immigration reform and border security are priorities. But critical thinkers must ask, how do we accomplish both while maintaining our cherished civil liberties?

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3 thoughts on “The Gap Between Border Security and Obama’s Empty Promises to Reform Immigration

  1. Janet,

    Illegal immigration is a serious issue in every industrialized nation with exception to America. Yes, it’s true. We are the only nation in the entire history of human civilization that allows, and in fact encourages, the illegal invasion of a bordering countrys’ population to mass migrate. They are not legal immigrants! These illegal aliens, steal American jobs, under-cut American contractors and have sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Mexico during a time of economic struggle for every true American. The worst economy since the great deppression and politicians are giving jobs to illegals that need to be filled by Americans. For no other reason than to secure a voting constituency. Illegals are given healthcare and some cities are discussing voting rights. This should cut against the grain of every American.

    A client moved back to the Midwest after seven years of what she refferred to as “open warfare,” in Phoenix. She said the national media refuses to report it. Gov. Jan Brewer had no choice but to protect her state. The authorities will be profiling for illegals and if an American gets pulled over to produce an ID they should bare it as a badge of honor.

  2. William,

    You make great points! Each governor must protect his or her state and it’s true that not all states face the same challenges. My grandfather came to the United States through Ellis Island and experienced many struggles, but did enter the country legally. I think the immigration process is in need of some serious reform, but believe strongly in the tremendous potential and strong work ethic most immigrants possess. Those can only benefit our nation.

    • Hello Janet,

      We are a nation of immigrants, a melting pot of customs and religious freedoms, as well as, economic freedoms. When immigrants came to the thirteen colonies 250 years ago to make a life for themselves, chances were their children would survive to adulthood and that they would be 20% wealthier than their Eurpopean counterparts. They assimalated and became Americans. Today we have hyphenated-Americans that make little to no effort to even learn the language. Where has the American identity gone? If the people of the world would like to assimilate and contribute honest work to the fabric of this nation, legally, we should welcome them, but no one wants this.

      Legal immigrants could then be taxed (after seven years) and the illegal aliens do not want this. The unethical, illegal employer does not want to pay FICA, state and federal taxes. The Federal government does not want in insure these people. The Globalist does not want to lose this cheap source of voluntary slavery. All of which is accomplished in the names of
      exploitation, profit and campaign contributions in a time when millions of Americans need work. This topic is geo-political, domestically political, socially, economically and ethically complicated. Where is the incentive to reform it? What shape would that “reform” take? Millions of immigrants have had no problem emigrating in the past.

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