I’ll say it out loud; I like that Arizona Immigration Law. I was initially unclear about it but I read the text , alongside the text of the 4th Amendment. For me, it boiled down to what an “unreasonable search” is and what is “reasonable suspicion“. At the end of the day, I have to trust that the law enforcement officers will follow both the letter and the spirit of the law.
That’s not why I like this law so much. I support open borders. As far as I’m concerned, let anyone come into this country…only after we have abolished all the silly federal subsidies like health care, public education, and welfare for all. Until we do that, we have to ration those silly programs and the litmus test of citizenship seems a reasonable enough hurdle for that rationing.
I like it because a state had a problem, couldn’t get the Federal Government to enforce its laws, and decided to take matters into its own hands. This law was more powerful than nullification or secession because it asserted the state’s sovereignty, while being in full compliance with the Federal statute. It worked within the system and exposed the system for the folly that it is.
I like it because it is the Bunker Hill of the American Evolution. Notice I didn’t use an R in that word. I’m optimistic that reason will triumph over irrational thought in The American Evolution. There will be no violence nor bloodshed in the American Evolution but there will be a test of wills. I’m watching it unfold right now: