Whaddaya know! Illegal Immigrants WILL Obey the Law
The Associated Press, which likes anecdote-based journalism much more than it did 30 years ago, recently released a story about illegal immigrants fleeing Arizona because of a tough new law that will allow cops to (pass me a tissue) DO something about the flood of illegals in that state.
The story talks about whole neighborhoods being depopulated as the illegal inhabitants run to nearby New Mexico, where illegals can live as safely as they do in the rest of the country.
But wait, as the guys selling ceramic knives on late-night television like to say, there's more!
Americans have been told constantly by the press, by their leaders, by Barack Obama and by each other, that we just CAN'T legislate our way out of our illegal immigrant problem.
Laws don't work, we're told. We can't deport 'em all, we're told. There are too many. We'll never find them all. After all, they're in the country illegally, so why bother to pass ANOTHER law. Laws don't work.
But, in Arizona, where they haven't even started enforcing their new law, the children of illegal immigrants are being pulled out of school as their parents move to other states. One woefully confused person who runs something called a "Community Health Center" is quoted in the story noting that illegals are "scared" to come to the centers.
It seems that passing a law against something and then even threatening to enforce that law causes people to change their behavior.
Can't pass gun laws, we're told, because criminals don't obey gun laws. Can't pass drug laws because druggies don't obey drug laws. You have to have casinos in your state because "if people want to gamble, they're going to find a way."
Imagine applying that same standard to child molestation.
"Hey, if you want to molest children, you're gonna molest children," or, "No sense in making child pornography illegal.
All too true, as the recidivism rates for child molesters will tell you. Almost all child molesters do it again as soon as they get released from prison — but, hey, we keep arresting them anyway.
If the law is so impotent, why are the illegals fleeing Arizona?
The law is not impotent, though many legislators are, at least in terms of having a stiff backbone.
Legislators can raise the tax on a pack of Marlboros 400 percent in five years and collect every dime of the increase, but they can't arrest the illegal immigrant who works at the cigarette store?
That make sense to you?
Fact is, the government will spend more time, money and trouble tracking you down for not paying the $65 excise tax on a 9-year-old car than they will looking for the illegal immigrants who ate your union carpenter's job.
Why? Well, it's mostly because the people who run the government think of legislation as a way to raise money — money that can then be funneled back to legislators' home states, grants that go to "community health centers" and "immigration assistance centers" and "bilingual education."
Maybe illegal immigrants ate your job, but they guarantee the jobs of a lot of people working in what we quaintly call "social services" — organizations where the staff and the clients are both supported by your tax money. You can just imagine how scared the average "case worker" or "outreach worker" must get at the thought of illegals leaving the state. No illegals, no job. A cop with no criminals can always help old ladies across the street. An outreach worker with no poor people has to go drive a truck.
That Arizona thing, though, it makes you think.
What if every state passed a new, tough law against illegal immigration? What if the states enforced those laws?
A hard new law in Arizona is driving illegals out of the state.
You may or may not like that new law.
But it's working.
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