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The whole only-people-with-reason-to-fear argument, to put it mildly, has not been a historical friend of liberty. Nor is it usually accurate. If you are a legal resident immigrant from Mexico, you have plenty of “reason to complain” about this law, because now it’s more likely that you are going to be pulled over by an Arizona cop.
I don’t actually take the “only-people-with-reason-to-fear” position: I recognize all government power can be, and typically is, abused. But in principle the Arizona law tries to balance two competing interests — trying to reduce an illegal population that is mostly Hispanic while protecting the rights of Hispanic legal residents and citizens, who are also large in number. Whether it works out that way in practice, we’ll soon see. But in the context of federal non-enforcement of the border and immigration-related problems affecting Arizonans of all races and ethnicities, it simply makes no sense to not use routine police contacts with illegal immigrants to determine their legal status.
As Welch himself observes, the problems associated with illegal immigration are real and they are faced by decent, law-abiding people in Arizona every day. That is why this law was enacted with 70 percent popular approval. There is no truly surgical or cost-free way to deal with those problems. And with all due respect to my libertarian friends, that includes legalization: even fixing the immigration black market won’t prove cost-free.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?