Oh Arizona…

May 26, 2011

Reading about the Supreme Court decision today on an Arizona law that punishes the hiring of illegal immigrants.  They backed it, voting five to three in support of it.  This case was described as a warmup for the big immigration reform that Arizona passed last year allowing police officers to ask for proof citizenship among other things.

On the hiring of illegal immigrants, I’ve got little issue with that.  Every job I’ve ever had, I’ve had to fill out a form proving I’m a U.S. citizen and provide two forms of identification.  That’s the way it works here in Vermont, and I’m fairly certain that all the states have a similar setup.  If I have to prove I’m from this country with every job, why shouldn’t there be a punishment for employers looking the other way to hire illegal immigrants?  Especially when we have so many people out of work and clamoring about how there are no jobs available?  Well that has some to do with Americans being lazy, proud assholes, but that’s a completely different issue.

This is of course a lead-in for the big Reform bill they passed which a lot of people say is essentially racial profiling.  It is and I guarantee that the state will find out what a monumentally bad idea it is sooner rather than later.  They’re going to arrest so man Latin Americans that were born in this country and are perfectly legal citizens that Arizona’s going to be up to their eye balls in lawsuits.

I don’t think either of these laws have a chance in Hell of doing anything about illegal immigrants though.  But that’s just my opinion.


2 Responses to “Oh Arizona…”

  1. Kelly said

    In New Mexico, if you apply for a photo ID, it IS a driver’s license.

    Very convenient if migrant worker jobs need you to drive.

    Fun fact.

    • rossofsaunders said

      I didn’t know that. Kind of proves there are bigger issues and better ways to go about this type of thing.

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