And why should we support Bauer's ordinance? To prevent what has happened in cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix from happening here. Two pictures tell the story:
Does Anchorage currently have an illegal immigration problem? No, not to the degree that the other aforementioned cities have, but then again those cities at one time didn't have an illegal immigration problem, either. What Paul Bauer proposes to do is engage in prevention - meaning lock the barn door BEFORE the proverbial horse escapes.
And this has been somewhat of a divisive issue here. A relative newcomer to the Alaska blogosphere, ThinkAlaska, who looks like he'll be blogging regularly and with a certain degree of literacy, takes issue with the ordinance. However, he falls back on his political conditioning and claims that "white supremacists" support the ordinance. Undoubtedly so, but isn't that a tired old canard to denigrate opposition by dragging the tired old "white supremacist" straw man out of the attic? "White supremacists" also drive cars. Is ThinkAlaska going to sell his car and walk everywhere just so he can avoid being associated with "white supremacists"? Puh-leeze! This is an issue of SOVEREIGNTY - will we Americans remain masters of OUR own domain?
If you are a resident of Anchorage, and you feel strongly about this ordinance, one way or another, show up on November 14th and get your thoughts on the record. In particular, Paul Bauer and the Public Safety Committee will be looking for ideas on how to write this ordinance in such a way that it does not impose an unmanageable burden upon the Anchorage Police Department.