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Obama administration has disastrously mishandled Ariz. immigration situation (Rep. Trent Franks)

Indeed, the Obama
Administration even mishandled the very announcement of the lawsuit, with
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaking the information during her appearance on an
Ecuadorean news program. Instead of calling the Governor of Arizona (or any Arizona official, for that matter)
directly, the people of Arizona had to find out this news secondhand, after the U.S. secretary of
state publicly bragged about the decision to the people of Ecuador.

Such talk of lawsuits is
not new. A few days after the Arizona law was passed, Attorney General Eric
Holder called the bill “unfortunate” and said the Department of
Justice was considering a lawsuit. Shortly thereafter, he added a bit of
information he initially neglected: He hadn’t even read the bill — all 10 pages of it. Likewise, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the
bill “misguided” and “bad enforcement law,” before
admitting that SHE hadn’t read the bill either.

The entire Obama
administration has been passionately opposed to the contents of the bill. They
just couldn’t bother themselves to find out what the contents actually were.
But nearly all of the bluster surrounding the Arizona immigration bill has been
grounded firmly in an ignorance of what the bill actually says.

Critics claim that the law
promotes racial profiling, yet the law expressly prohibits racial profiling
four separate times.

Critics claim that the law
requires non-citizens to carry identification that they otherwise wouldn’t be
required to carry. But federal law has required this of non-citizens since
Somehow, after 70 years on the books, this law has now become a
problem, with opponents of the Arizona law deeming it “racial profiling,” and
turning it into a political football.

Additionally, critics
claim that the law requires police officers to stop people on the streets to
question them about their immigration status. In fact, this provision of
the law only takes effect if a police officer has already made a “lawful stop,
detention or arrest … in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance.”

In passing S.B. 1070,
Arizona took a necessary step to address the porous border that has for so long
been neglected by the federal government. In Arizona alone, over 1,000 illegal
border crossings occur per day, and 87 percent of those people crossing have criminal
records, according to the Arizona Governor’s office.

We would also be well
served to remember that at least five of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were in the United States illegally. Truly, border security and
national security are inextricably linked. Much like the Obama administration
has failed to address our porous border, they also continue to stand by while
the radical Iranian regime, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism,
continues to pursue a nuclear weapons capability unabated. We must realize that
even one nuclear warhead provided by a rogue nation like Iran and smuggled over
our largely unguarded southern border could change the face of the world as we
know it, claiming tens of thousands of innocent American lives. Yet, somehow,
this administration still fails to see the necessity of border security, attempting instead to score
cheap political points with symbolic gestures.

After Arizona’s
immigration bill passed and polls indicated that the nation overwhelmingly supported it, President
Obama announced that he had suddenly, finally decided to direct 1,200 National
Guard troops to America’s southern border. Even though the number of troops was
drastically less than the 6,000 I, along with Arizona Sens. Jon Kyl (R) and John
McCain (R), had requested, the move still sounded great on paper. However, it was
then revealed that the 1,200 troops in question would almost exclusively be
“boots on the desk,” as opposed to actual “boots on the
ground” manning the border. Furthermore, the troops would only actually be
sent to the border if and when the president decided it was a necessity, once
again demonstrating the president’s failure to realize that the border is an
issue NOW, and cannot wait until he finally decides the issue is worth

Of course, even if all
6,000 requested troops are sent, our border problems will not be completely
resolved, thanks again to dramatic failures by the federal government.

The tragic death of
Arizona rancher Robert Krentz made national news last month. The drug smuggler
who shot Mr. Krentz in cold blood entered the nation through the San Bernardino
Wildlife Refuge. Just this year, that same refuge spent $200,000 paid for by
Democrats’ failed, so-called stimulus to build fences that would
keep Border Patrol agents OUT of the wildlife refuge.

Today, about 40 percent of the
land from California to El Paso, Texas, is controlled by the federal government,
much of it in the form of protected wildlife areas and national parks. Many of
these cannot even be patrolled by Border Patrol agents because of fears that a
plant or animal’s habitat might somehow be harmed.

To add insult to injury,
it was recently revealed that two federal agencies are participating in
boycotts of Arizona, ostensibly to “punish” Arizona for its necessary
immigration law.

If Arizona waits for the
federal government to address our border issues, we are ignored. If we take
matters into our own hands, we are sued and boycotted by our own government for having the audacity to protect our
citizens. This lawsuit and these boycotts completely disprove the Obama
administration’s disingenuous claims that they are in any way interested in
strengthening border security.

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