The Hill invites two established bloggers from either side of the political spectrum to sound off in original commentary.
Why is the president of the United States apologizing to
President Calderon of Mexico about an Arizona law that enforces federal laws
curbing illegal Mexican immigrants?
President Obama should be castigating President Calderon over the conditions in Mexico that encourage these illegals to cross the border. The Mexican government should be working with the American government to prevent illegal immigration and enforce immigration laws. This might have the spin-off benefit of contributing to the defeat of the drug lords that informally rule much of Mexico and sell illegal drugs in the U.S.
There are three issues in the Arizona situation. In order of importance they are: a state’s right to act without permission from the federal government, chronic federal incompetence and mismanagement and the third: Is the controversial Arizona plan a good and workable solution for controlling the border? I was struck by the clarity of Morgan Elizabeth Woolard’s — Miss Oklahoma’s — “simple declarative sentence” — Hemingway’s model for emphatic prose — and her grace under pressure (more Hemingway) in answering the question on these issues by Oscar Nunez. “I’m a huge believer in states’ rights,” she said.
OK, incumbents, all you defenders of the status quo: As the angry political earthquake shakes your terra unfirma, you can quake behind the gates of your communities or you can step out and boldly go where some have only dared to, with the challenge to BRING IT ON!!!
*Forget the lack of Protestants on the Supreme Court. Isn't in time the president nominated someone who is an active atheist? BRING IT ON!!
*And speaking of presidential choices, shouldn't he select as Defense secretary an openly gay person ... a lesbian at that? BRING IT ON!!!
Say what you like about Mexicans in Arizona, legal or not, but they are hard working there and everyplace else they go. And if they didn’t go there the work wouldn’t get done. In 1994 I wrote a long article about the migrant workers in the tobacco fields of Yadkin County, North Carolina, where a few dozen Mexicans were cutting tobacco. I asked their Catholic padre how many of them were illegal. “All of them,” he said. I brought it up to the governor and the wealthiest Democrat in the state — both of whom had cut tobacco when they were kids — and they were shocked. Shocked! But not the farmers. They’d been exclusively using Mexican labor for almost 20 years.
Here we go again. Someone somewhere is playing the victim card, and the Rev. Al Sharpton is there to somehow pretend he’s a victim too. The latest country-trotting for Sharpton involves a trip to sunny Arizona to feign utter outrage over the state’s enactment of tough new immigration laws.
I’m not here to argue the merits of the state law. Even the Arizona Legislature just last week had to tweak the measure to ensure it was doing what lawmakers intended without violating constitutional rights. But Al Sharpton? Again? Didn’t I see him at the local Dairy Queen last week? And just before that, on HBO with Bill Maher?
The new law in Arizona should be seen less through the prism of politics or constitutional law and more through the lens of national psychology. It really is a cri de coeur, or a cry from the heart.
The law may seem punitive or intrusive from the ACLU’s perspective. But as I have said before, desperate times require desperate measures.
You only need to glance over the border and see the situation that is unfolding in Mexico to understand that the people of Arizona are panicking that the drug war, like a swarm of killer bees, is coming to a location near them.
The Hill's A.B. Stoddard looks into whether the Obama administration could take up the issue of tax reform once the Senate moves on to immigration, an issue that will most likely split the two parties even more than financial reform.
Under the new Arizona immigration law, if the same conduct is done by whites and Hispanics, the whites will never be stopped and asked for their papers, and the Hispanics very often will be. This law should be thrown out by the courts and pre-empted by national legislation. It guarantees abuses that are an outrage to our nation. It will awaken the sleeping giant of the Hispanic vote that will be politically transforming and powerfully helpful to Democrats.
The Mexican drug war has spilled out over the border in the Southwest and has
helped precipitate the new immigration law that just was signed into law in
Washington activists can cry out about the unfairness of the law all they want,
but until the president and his administration take seriously the threat posed
by the Mexican drug gangs, the people of Arizona will have no choice but to
take extreme measures.
Seventy percent of the people of Arizona support the law that was just enacted. That tells you something right there.