But her essay is littered with misrepresentations. First, she criticizes Arizona SB 1070, saying that it would encourage racial profiling. What she fails to mention is that SB 1070 has been superseded by HB 2162, which specifically bans racial profiling and requires that a cop stop someone for another offense before enquiring into immigration status. Since she presumably took time to do research before composing her essay, I can only assume that the omission was deliberate and that her intention was to mislead.
Second, Bronen persistently uses the term "immigrants" throughout her entire essay. She implies that the legislation poses a threat to all immigrants. Not once did she mention the term "illegal immigrant". Her obvious intent and purpose is to meld legal and illegal immigrants together in the mind of the reader, so that the reader will forget there is a difference. People who oppose this so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" aren't concerned about legal immigrants. We're concerned about ILLEGAL immigrants. We consider breaking into our country a crime just as much as breaking into someone's home. If you would not tolerate someone breaking into your home, you should not tolerate someone breaking into our country. It's also a slap in the face of legal immigrants who took a number, did the paperwork, and waited in line for years to allow illegals to sneak in the back door and then get amnesty in the name of so-called "compassion".
No, I do NOT give a flying fig about Mexico, or Haiti, or any other foreign country, so long as we have American citizens in need. When every homeless veteran has a roof over his head and has access to health care, and when every American child who is parentless gets a home, then - and ONLY then - will I concern myself about the welfare of foreigners. FIX AMERICA FIRST!!!
Bronen does bring up one valid point, though. Many illegals are reluctant to report crimes committed against them for fear they'll be detected and deported. So criminals will repeatedly prey upon them. This is a problem that needs to be corrected; some compromise may be valid here.
But the portrait painted by people like Robin Bronen of illegal immigrants being merely "angels with dirty faces" or "soiled doves" who merely want a better life is clearly misleading and excessively optimistic. The proof comes from Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen, who voted for SB 1070. Believing in transparency and accountability, she sent an e-mail out to her constituents explaining her vote. This e-mail found its way into cyberspace, being posted on disparate sources such as the Tucson Citizen and Thoughtcrime. It is cross-posted in full below, and contains a number of horror stories about life down by the border (read after the jump):
I'm Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen. I want to explain SB 1070 which I voted for and was just signed by Governor Jan Brewer.
Rancher Rob Krentz was murdered by the drug cartel on his ranch a month ago. I participated in a senate hearing two weeks ago on the border violence. Here are just some of the highlights from those who testified.
The people who live within 60 to 80 miles of the Arizona/Mexico border have for years been terrorized and have pleaded for help to stop the daily invasion of humans who cross their property. One rancher testified that 300 to 1200 people a DAY come across his ranch vandalizing his property, stealing his vehicles and property, cutting down his fences and leaving trash. In the last two years he has found 17 dead bodies and two Koran bibles.
Another rancher testified that daily drugs are brought across his ranch in a military operation. A point man with a machine gun goes in front, 1/2 mile behind are the guards fully armed, 1/2 mile behind them are the drugs, behind the drugs 1/2 mile are more guards. These people are violent and they will kill anyone who gets in the way. This was not the only rancher we heard that day that talked about the drug trains.
One man told of two illegals who came upon his property one shot in the back and the other in the arm by the drug runners who had forced them to carry the drugs and then shot them. Daily they listen to gunfire during the night. It is not safe to leave his family alone on the ranch and they can't leave the ranch for fear of nothing being left when they come back.
The border patrol is not on the border. They have set up 60 miles away with check points that do nothing to stop the invasion. They are not allowed to use force in stopping anyone who is entering. They run around chasing them. If they get their hands on them then they can take them back across the border.
Federal prisons have over 35% illegals and 20% of Arizona prisons are filled with illegals. In the last few years 80% of our law enforcement that have been killed or wounded have been by an illegal.
The majority of people coming now are people we need to be worried about. The ranchers told us that they have seen a change in the people coming. They are not just those who are looking for work and a better life.
The Federal Government has refused for years to do anything to help the border states. We have been overrun and once they are here we have the burden of funding state services that they use. Education costs have been over a billion dollars. The health care costs billions of dollars. Our state is broke: there is a $3.5 billion deficit and we have many serious decisions to make. One is that we do not have the money to care for any who are not here legally. It has to stop.
The border can be secured. We have the technology, we have the ability to stop this invasion. We must know who is coming and they must come in an organized manner legally so that we can assimilate them into our population and protect the sovereignty of our country. We are a nation of laws. We have a responsibility to protect our citizens and to protect the integrity of our country and the government which we live under.
I would give amnesty today to many, but here is the problem: we dare not do this until the border is secure. It will do no good to forgive them because thousands will come behind them and we will be overrun to the point that there will no longer be the United States of America but a North American Union of open borders. I ask you what form of government will we live under? How long will it be before we will be just like Mexico, or any of the other Central American or South American countries? We have already lost our language, everything must be printed in Spanish also. We have already lost our history; it is no longer taught in our schools. And we have lost our borders.
The leftist media has distorted what SB 1070 will do. It is not going to set up a Nazi Germany. Are you kidding? The ACLU and the leftist courts will do everything to protect those who are here illegally, but it was an effort to try and stop illegals from setting up businesses and employment and receiving state services, and give the ability to local law enforcement when there is probable cause like a traffic stop to determine if they are here legally.
Federal law is very clear if you are here on a visa. You must have your papers on you at all times. That is the law. In Arizona all you need to show you are a legal citizen is a driver license, MVD identification card, Native American card or a Military ID. This is what you need to vote, get a hunting license, etc. So nothing new has been added to this law. No one is going to be stopped walking down the street etc.
The socialists who are in power in DC are angry because we dare try and do something. What the socialist wants us to do is just let them come. They want the "transformation" to continue.
Maybe it is too late to save America. Maybe we are not worthy of freedom anymore. But as an elected official I must try to do what I can to protect our constitutional republic. Living in America is not a right just because you can walk across the border. Being an American is a responsibility and it comes by respecting and upholding the Constitution, the law of our land, which says what you must do to be a citizen of this country. Freedom is not free.