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There ought to be a law, we sometimes say to ourselves when frustrated about something.
Once in a while, we even pass a law. Maybe not quite the appropriate law, but hey.
That’s what the Arizona Legislature did recently. The law, Senate Bill 1070, gives Arizona’s cops new tools for dealing with illegal immigration. Even before Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, all sorts of things hit the fan. To its credit, Arizona quickly passed House Bill 2162, which removes “some of the most racist elements” of SB 1070, says Jose Garcia of Las Cruces, a close observer of the issue. (See http://lapoliticanewmexico.blogspot.com.)
Handwringing about “diversity” and “profiling” came from liberals, including Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, the Democrats’ presumed candidate for governor.
The handwringing overlooks one detail: There’s a war on. This war is in Mexico, across the street from New Mexico. Arizona’s new bill, ultimately, is about Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s war against the drug cartels and about our government’s failure (Barack Obama now, previously George W. Bush) to deal with the immigration situation across our border with Mexico.
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