According to a recent CNN poll, 55% of Americans support Arizona in its fight against illegal immigration. However, 54% of Americans believe that the new law in Arizona will lead to discrimination of Latinos. How should you answer the question when someone asks you about your views of the Arizona law? The answers are quite simple when looked upon with an open mind. The Arizona law will benefit the United States immensely and have no harms to our society as a whole.
First, let's take a look at what the most important thing that Arizona's SB1070 law will do. Arizona's law permits a law enforcement officer, when making an arrest--not just a traffic stop-- to determine the immigration status of anyone who the officer suspects to be suspicious.
The most common issue that America finds with this law is the issue of racial profiling and the supposed racism that comes with this law.
In this article, I will first start by showing why racial profiling is not a reason to deny this legislation and then move on to refute some of the other main arguments opposing this law. I will finish by showing how the law will benefit America as a whole greatly.
Many people believe that this law mandates racial profiling because officers will equate the word "suspicious" with "hispanic." This claim is inaccurate for the following reasons:
1. The Governor stated in an executive order that police will require training to help them execute the bill without it becoming racial profiling. "This training will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion that a person is not legally present in the United States," Brewer said after signing the bill. Therefore there is no problem with the policy. If officers are enforcing the law improperly, it is not the law that stands against the best interest of the US; it's the group of officers that aren't properly enforcing the law.
2. Even if it does racially profile, there are no tangible harms of this. If an immigrant is pulled over and asked for proof of citizenship, we have to first remember that he is being pulled over for another primary offense and has already broken the law. He is already being arrested. It is his fault that time has been taken out of his day. So the only real harm is the small inconvenience of it taking him 30 extra seconds to get out his proof of citizenship. This inconvenience is completely outweighed by all the economic benefits that will come from catching illegal immigrants through this process.
3. This law isn't "racist" like other laws were. Slavery and Jim Crow laws prohibited people from progressing in society and actually harmed innocent people. This law benefits the US and does not harm innocent people besides the 30 second inconvenience it takes for them to take out their papers.
Many people have posed questions like: "Why target hispanics when illegal aliens come in all nationalities and races? A significant amount of immigrants come in from Canada but you don't see the northern states reacting in such a manner." To which I would respond: "Canadians don't smuggle drugs, kill people, and traffic people everyday. (That's not to say that all hispanic illegal immigrants commit these acts; it's just that the majority of them are hispanic. We also must remember that even if they don't commit these acts, they are still criminals and have broken our border laws.) Furthermore, a negligible amount of illegal immigrants come from Canada. However, 76% are latino and 59% are mexican. Also, most of the canadians are legal immigrants. They're not illegal and they're not harming our country.
Opponents of the law have also brought up the comparison of us forcing out illegal immigrants to Hitler forcing out Jews. This comparative claim is ludicrous. These situations are completely different. Illegal Immigrants have no legal or ethical right to be here. They are here illegally and harm our country in many ways. Jews in Europe had every legal and ethical right to live there. The situations would be similar if we forced out the legal immigrants that lived in the United States but that is not what we are doing with this law.
Now I will move on to show how the US will benefit enormously from this law.
Economic Benefits: The Center for Immigration Studies reported in 2004: "Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost $10.4 billion, or $2,700 per illegal household. Furthermore, at this point in time when there are very few jobs for Americans, allowing illegal immigrants to keep jobs in the United States only benefits those who are breaking the law and hurts our citizens who have paid taxes and social security their entire lives and deserve the few available jobs. This law will decrease the fiscal deficit that the US faces because of illegal immigration because it will reduce the number of illegal aliens in our country. So, as shown, the economic benefits of this law will be great.
Social Benefits: Currently illegal aliens traffic drugs and cause violence on the border of Arizona. Citizens of Arizona have a reduced quality of life because of the eminent danger they face everyday. 1/3 of federal prisoners in Arizona are illegal immigrants. This law will reduce the number of illegal immigrants and mitigate these social issues.
It's ridiculous and infuriating that America doesn't want to inconvenience people who are already getting arrested with the 30 seconds it takes to get out immigraion papers. That is what i call an unprogressive society.