July 7, 2010
In the Article “Arizona’s Immigration Law — a good thing?” the author JT Coyote is writing to persuade readers about the positive aspects of SB 1070. However on the other hand, in the article “The Trouble with Racial Profiling”, the author Raina Kelley examines the negative impact the Arizona State Law will have in Arizona. Both of these articles provide two opposing perspectives. The first article presents a graph that indicates that more than half of the population in Arizona is content with the new law that will take effect on July 29, 2010. Coyote argues that legal immigrants entering the United States should come with a mind set to Assimilate into “Americans.” I will refute that argument because people coming in should be given the opportunity to be different and bring about change. Even though Coyote claims that the Federal Government has done nothing to protect Arizona and that is why they are acting so radically I will use the second article to disprove that the law is an excuse for harassment and cause racial profiling. The police enforcement has the right to question the legal status of an alien under reasonable suspicion. Kelley believes that because the officers will be too busy worrying about how someone looks a certain way then the “bad people” will start breaking the law with a whole new group of people, not just those who look foreign.
July 8, 2010
In the New York Daily Time Article “Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070, comes with how-to enforcement video for police” the author Sean Alfano explains how a video and a handout is given to the police enforcement in order to train the officers to act under “reasonable suspicion”. For instance, if someone is stopped in a stop sign and the officer asks them where they live and they do not know then they will suspect the person is an illegal immigrant. The SB 1070 is using these resources to discontinue that “myth” that the Law will force officers to racially profile an individual. The video also teacher the police officers to learn how to verify someone’s ID. Another tactic also learned by police officers is to drive around the places the illegal immigrants usually are looking for work.
In the article “The Trouble with Racial Profiling”, Raina Kelley explains how the Arizona Law will encourage racial profiling and increase Arizona’s Deficit. The law will require the police to take courses that will help them determine what reasonable suspicion is. According to the USA today the program will cost about $100 million. One of the reasons why the law came about was to protect the neighborhoods of Arizona by reducing crime and drug trafficking. Kelley explicitly says that the drug dealers would know who the Police is after and use other “certain groups”. In the end Raina Kelley adds to the point where illegal immigrants are low paid workers and thus add to our economy.
In the article “Arizona’s Immigration Law — a good thing?”the author JT Coyote explains that if the Arizona Law is implemented in a correct manner then it will obligate the federal government to quickly take action as to the illegal immigration occurring in the United States. Coyote adds, that the Government is not following the Article IV section 4 part of the constitution. It says, The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion…” Consequently, Barack Obama attacks the Article IV clause and says, “We are not defined by our borders. House of Representative of California, Tom McClintock argues that the Arizona State Law is nothing like Mexico’s Immigration law. The Law will not try to keep people from coming to America but rather those who come in must come in with the purpose of assimilating into the American culture. In the end JT Coyote believes that this law will benefit America and force the government to take action against immigrants entering illegally.
The Arizona state law brought radical change to the state of Arizona. The law is like a stone thrown into a still pond where slowly but surely the waters move and the vibrations are felt throughout the entire pond. For my perspective project I am going to show how the law is beneficial but at the same time harming. The law is beneficial because the legal immigrants will no longer have to pay for the healthcare of illegal immigrants. Also all of the criminals in jail or in prison will be deported, and tax paying Americans do not have to pay for their security. Both of these situations will help save money. The jobs that the illegal immigrants had will be replaced by legal aliens. Therefore, the unemployment will go down. On the other side I will explain how the law supports racial profiling and encourages harassment. Basically the police enforcement in the state of Arizona will be able to question anyone who does not seem to be a legal resident or citizen. Even if that person is legal but does not show proof of their legal status then they will be charged with a misdemeanor. My solution would be to allow the illegal immigrants who can prove that have had a steady job and have no criminal history obtain their residency papers. On the other hand those who enter the United States illegally should be sent to their country automatically. Securing the borders with the army and navy is much more effective tan simply the police enforcement. I will research who exactly is in charge of securing the border and what is the consequence of entering illegally. In addition, I will address issues such as social security, taxes, healthcare, education, business, and psychological problems. There will be medium in my project of how to modify the Arizona State Law so that it can be adopted throughout the United States.