The United States Supreme court’s decision to strike down
Arizona immigration law, S1170 is unfortunate because, it will have long term
dire consequences not only for the state of Arizona but also for the remaining
49 states. America was made great by
people who came to this country legally bringing their skills and the motivation to work
and to become productive members of the society in which they lived.
They made this country their very own by the very act of a
total enculturation. These people embodied
the very same principles spoken more than five decades ago by then president
Kennedy when he said, “...ask not, what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Today’s illegal immigrants not only do not give to this
country, they take our national resources in the form of government assistance
and other benefits that many of us do not have.
Today, as I read and try to
digest this latest supreme court decision, I wonder if these justices really
understood the meaning of their decision when they struck down the Arizona’s law
because, while I believe that immigration is a federal issue, for the last five
or six decades the federal government has had hands-off policy on immigration allowing
people entering this country illegally from all of our borders.
Sixty years ago, the immigration policy of these United
States was a matter of principle. A person before he or she was allowed to enter this country
had to have a guarantor to assure that the immigrant would not be a burden on
the American economy. Today, not only we
allow anyone and everyone to enter this country, terrorists included, we also
give them entitlements that most Americans have to work hard to get them. What
a slap on the face on all those immigrants who arrived here legally throughout
our 200-year plus history and the American taxpayers who pay the bill in the form of taxation.
And this is why I believe this Supreme
Court decision is wrong for America. The
United States is a great country and can continue to be great only if we keep in mind
what our forefathers believed--a government that protects all of its citizens.
It is because of this belief that others want to come to the United States but
in order to continue and preserve this ideal, the law must be adhered to, not
changed to accommodate those who continually break the law only to be rewarded
with entitlements and other benefits that for many of us do not have. Rewarding those who continue to break the
law is anathema to our survival.