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I find it sad when politicians quit one office to take another, not to mention the huge amount of neglegence their campaining while in office requires, but the idea that Mrs. Palin quit her duties to pursue celebrity is quite troubling.
John, Have you read the law? Your statement that the "recently signed law will soon take effect that allows the police to stop and search people on the basis of the mere “suspicion” that the person is an illegal alien." Is a false one. What the laws says is "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person…". Authorities are ONLY allowed to take into consideration the possibility of a person being here illegally AFTER they have been apprehended due to reasonable suspicion of another illegal activity. There may of course be the possibility that the police will up other false accusations in order to have an excuse to check someone's immigration status, but that is against the law itself. There may be problems with the law, but giving police the right to detain people JUST to check their immigration status is NOT one of them. Here's an article you might want to read on the subject: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Byron-York/A-carefully-crafted-immigration-law-in-Arizona-92136104.html
The resistance to immigration reform in this country is bewildering to me. I can understand the problems with identity theft and the use of public services without contributing to the taxes that provide them, but those are separate issues and largely a problem because of the ease of getting into the country illegally and the difficulty of getting in otherwise.. I think that the DREAM act is too strict. Children brought here by their parents are at the most, victims of their parents' crime. Anyone who is not wanted for a legitimate crime in their own country should be able to get a visa to work or go to school here. I really don't see the problem. The phobia about immigrants stealing jobs is exactly that. If you cannot get a better job than someone who generally speaks little, if any English, then maybe you should be worrying about your lack of education and lack of work ethic.