There sure are a lot of opinions, and a lot of politics that go along with immigration law, and it seems to be changing very rapidly recently. As you know we have a lot of challenges in Mexico with the drug cartels, and some of these groups use “mules” or human drug runners to bring in their illegal contraband into the US. The drug cartels are also bringing in human cargo, as coyotes fill up vehicles with illegal immigrants bringing them over the border.
Many states have had enough, and they want the borders sealed off from illegal immigrants. Others say that folks need to come to the United States so they aren’t killed by the very cartels which have caused the biggest part of the problem. Some folks in the United States are upset because illegal immigrants will work cheaper and folks say they take away jobs for Americans. It doesn’t really matter how you feel about the subject when it comes to immigration law, we have laws on the books.
No, not all those laws are being enforced to the letter of the law, but the laws still exist. That’s where the debate comes in, but it’s still very hard to enforce immigration laws and the immigration courts are backed-up, as people are trying to enter the country legally, and become citizens. Whereas others are just merely sneaking over the border and staying, hoping to take advantage of some future amnesty program perhaps.
There was an interesting article recently in the Associated Press titled “Arizona Taking Immigration Law to the High Court” by Paul Davenport and published on May 10, 2011. The article discussed Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, and how the State of Arizona was taking their case to the Supreme Court after having the Federal Government step in and attempt to sue the state for their law which would allow them to enforce their own borders with Mexico, and detain, arrest, and deport those who were found unable to prove their citizenship.
Obviously, there has been a huge controversy over all of this, and those on the left side of the political spectrum have taken no small issue with it. President Obama has been talking about this recently, and it appears that once again it will be a presidential campaign issue for the 2012 elections. Some say that the Democrats are trying to garner as many votes from the Hispanic population as possible by allowing illegal immigrants to come into the country without going through the proper procedures.
But with the Supreme Court getting ready to hear this case and the immigration courts with filled calendars many months in advance, we have a severe breakdown of the system all the way around. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please contact me.