At center stage is the Arizona immigration bill.
The Arizona illegal immigration bill, sponsored by Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce outlined the provisions in this bill that he sponsored.
a) It requires police officers, “when practicable,” to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials, unless doing so would hinder an investigation or emergency medical treatment.
b) It also makes it a state crime — a misdemeanor — to not carry immigration papers. In addition, it allows people to sue local government or agencies if they believe federal or state immigration law is not being enforced.
Ever since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law requesting tougher measures on illegal immigration we have heard both sides of the debate giver their take on this whole issue. While I strongly feel that illegal immigration is a problem in the United States we need to look at this issue from a different angle.
The United States of America has over 309 million people. Out of the 309 million 10.8 million are illegal immigrants. Are you telling me that 10.8 million people are causing a strain to the economy here in America? Something is not right with this picture.
Two viewpoints I have read are the following:
According to the The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), in the section titled "Costs of Immigration" on its website (accessed Oct. 24, 2007):
"...the net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers, while most taxes paid by immigrants go to the federal treasury. The net deficit is caused by a low level of tax payments by immigrants, because they are disproportionately low-skilled and thus earn low wages, and a higher rate of consumption of government services, both because of their relative poverty and their higher fertility. This is especially true of illegal immigration. Even though illegal aliens make little use of welfare, from which they are generally barred, the costs of illegal immigration in terms of government expenditures for education, criminal justice, and emergency medical care are significant.
Francine J. Lipman, MBA, LLM, Professor of Law, Business and Economics at Chapman University, in a Spring 2006 Tax Lawyer essay titled "Taxing Undocumented Immigrants: Separate, Unequal and Without Representation," wrote:
I do know one thing. No one is discussing how private businesses have been using illegal immigrants for their landscaping businesses, their fruit markets and the like just to name a few. Yes, we are talking about those who are promoting the free market. These businesses, who are not complaining about illegal immigration here in the United States, follow the belief of how illegal immigration gives added value through the goods and services they provide as consumers and producers.
At the same time we also have private businesses supporting the need for illegal immigrants to even rent or buy housing. We all know that illegal immigrants should not be able to do this but the powers that be are pushing for this not because they believe in amnesty or love illegal immigrants but because they are looking at this from an economic point of view in terms of exploitation.
Virginia Deane Abernethy, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University weighs in:
"Buying a house typically involves presenting documentation including a Social Security number. Insofar as it is fraudulent for an illegal alien to have a Social Security number, no illegal alien should buy a house. Presentation of alternate documentation such as a Consular Matricular card issued by a Mexican Consulate is evidence that a person cannot legally obtain a Social Security card. Therefore, it should not be accepted by any government agency, including by a County Clerk whose duty it is the register and issue titles for property.
Yes, there are 460,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona. However, this is not just about national security this is also about shifting demographics. Both political parties are trying to position themselves to gain the Hispanic population vote. All of us know that the Hispanic population is now the largest minority in the United States.
The immigration issue has energized the Hispanic electorate, making them a lot more interested in politics and a lot more willing to come out to the polls and participate in the electoral process. Also, many Hispanics have been offended by the tone of the debate in the political landscape.
What about redistricting political boundaries? This may favor certain demographics that the oppositional political party is not ready to deal with. If the Democrats continue to secure the Hispanic votes in larger numbers than previously expected this could pose a problem for the Republican Party. Presently 57% of Hispanics vote Democratic while 23% vote Republican. And while Cubans in places like Florida support the GOP that area is beginning to shift demographics as well into a more non-Cuban Hispanics community as well.
While the Republican Party feel that the Hispanic population should vote for the GOP because they share the same social conservative values most Americans are ignorant to contemporary Mexico in 2010 (yes even the ones who go on cruises). The average American perspective on Mexico is outdated by 50 years.
For example, the Catholic Church is much weaker in Mexico than people think. The majority of Mexicans don't attend Mass and the church has failed to inculcate its moral values among much of the younger generations. The Catholic Church can't even recruit enough priests from the Mexican population and so has to import priests from other countries.
Many people ignore the fact that Mexico is an integral part of the Western World. As such, it has been affected by the same philosophical and social trends as the rest of the West. Name any social problem in the U.S., and you can also find it on the increase in Mexico. Family breakdown? Check. Drug abuse? Check. Pre-marital sex? Check. And extra-marital sex has been accepted for years, as long as it was practiced by a married man and an unmarried mistress. Homosexuality is becoming more accepted, and a gay rights movement is gaining strength. About 20% of Mexican mothers are single mothers.
Hispanic women have more abortions than non-Hispanic women. However, the GOP says Black women abort their children MORE than Hispanic women so why are the GOP only targeting Black people on this issue? The GOP cannot use 1980 voter value tactics in 2010.
One thing I would like to point out is how mainstream conservatives keep pointing out how 70% of the residents in Arizona support the new tougher measures. Did they ask the state's largest employer, Wal-Mart, if they liked the measure? I sincerely doubt it. What about the other businesses out in Arizona that hire illegal immigrants to help contribute to the $232 billion economy in that state? I doubt that also. So out of the 6.5 million residents that reside in Arizona who are these 70%? I doubt 70% of Hispanics or even 50% of Hispanics are for the passage of this illegal immigration bill. At the same token these same Hispanics who are against the bill must weigh in on how to secure our borders with better policies not trying to get their cousin in the United States illegally across the Rio Grande.
The real issue here is not the Arizona law that was passed for tougher measures for illegal immigrants in that state. The real issue here is the fear of a shifting demographic that may become the next political force to be reckoned with in the next 5-10 years. This is about ECONOMICS not what you are seeing on television. Illegal immigration is a massive recruitment program for the welfare state as well as for private businesses. These immigrants who are working illegally will work 16-18 hours a day for private American private businesses.
Urban conservatives should be watching how people are going to try to spin the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
The 4th Amendment clearly states:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
There are going to be lawsuits flying over this issue..especially over the 4th Amendment I predict. For example, the law which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status. While The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security, is permitted to search travelers and their belongings at the American border without probable cause or a warrant does the Arizona law fall under similar ramifications?
Then again, all Gov. Brewer did was utilize her states rights to enact and enforce a law that federal lawmakers could not reform. Gov. Brewer also stated how racial profiling would not be tolerated.
I thought that was a cute statement. This has been going on forever in a day. With the racial intensity in this country because some are so opposed of the fact that the demographics of the United States is changing they are willing to do whatever is necessary to stop the increase of immigrants (yes even legally).
From an urban conservative perspective this is the time for both Blacks who live here in America and Hispanics to come together, regardless of political parties, and craft real time solutions away from the rhetoric and negative synergy that is going on with this debate on illegal immigration. Any urban conservative supports the notion that immigrants must enter the United States legally just like anyone else. I also have been saying all along to put troops on the borders to protect us against the Mexican drug cartels who are a HUGE problem. However, there are some local issues we need to tackle.
For example, while Blacks have taken serious measures to curtail drug abuse and the drug trade in our communities its time for Hispanics to put more pressures on the drug cartels that are shipping and selling mass drugs in our communities. I am asking that Chairwoman Roslyn Brock of the NAACP to work with leaders like LULAC to address these serious concerns. Urban conservatives must weigh in on the solutions because illegal immigration, misWe can no longer be quiet on this subject or be divided.
Half of Blacks who live here in the United States felt that Hispanics were taking away land, jobs and political power, while 44 percent of Hispanics were afraid of Blacks because they blamed us for high-crime rates. Meanwhile, police in places like Los Angeles and Chicago are starting to report an increase in racially based violent crimes perpetrated by Black and Hispanic gangs.
Education affects both Blacks and Hispanics in this country. The whole speaking English debate is not on my radar. While we are pressuring Hispanics to learn English how good of a job are we pressuring Black children to learn the same language. Even though 80% of the city of Detroit is Black over 55% of residents are functionally illiterate. Some of our own children are bi-lingual in terms of not understanding their own English and writing skills. Anytime you are turning in academic papers using text message language it is a form of illiteracy.
Both Black and Hispanic America is in serious trouble economically, and both groups are living in “deep poverty.” Black and Hispanic people in America are not just poor by American standards; many of us are third-world poor. While some economists praise the American economy with talk of low unemployment, record housing starts, and a booming gross national product, none of this tells the real story of a quickly declining Black economy within America.
Education is important because it can help eradicate poverty. Instead of falling for the negative stereotypes of each other ethnic groups we need to find common ground to work together for the future of our children. A silver rights approach to building wealth is needed in both the Hispanic and Black communities.
And while people debate what policies should be set for Hispanic illegal immigration urban conservatives should be on notice that that battle with BOTH legal and illegal immigration will not stop there. The targeting of Black immigrants by the INS does not tend to receive as much attention among Hispanic immigrants. Yet Black immigrants, particularly Dominicans, Jamaicans and Haitians, have relatively high rates of deportations. Black immigrants tend to have higher numbers of deportations than Asians and Whites, despite the fact that the rate of immigration from Africa and the Caribbean tends to be slower than the rate of Asian and Brown immigration.
You will not see this on CNN or FOX News.
The other issue with African immigrants is the growing number of incidents taking place in terms of violent clashes. Most African immigrants who migrate from places like Senegal and other countries in Africa are sometimes met with fierce hostility because of their religion. Most of the African immigrants who come here are Muslims and because the media has painted a picture of Islam in a very negative light this is oftentimes reflected with African immigrants who enter our country legally. You now have some Black folks who live in America talking about how African immigrants are "taking their jobs away from us." Sounds familiar? It sounds like White people saying the same thing about Hispanics immigrants taking their jobs away from them.
Until recent years, new Black immigration was little noticed outside a few cities—especially New York and Miami-where communities of West Indians, Haitians, Nigerians, and other Black immigrants flourished. But that has changed in recent decades as Somali communities have grown up in Columbus, Ohio, Lewiston, Maine, and Minneapolis. Immigrant blacks and their children are gaining prominence in many fields, raising their visibility and attracting attention among the general population.
And while these immigrants have high educational attainment—38 percent of African-born and 20 percent of Caribbean or Latin American-born Blacks have a college degree they often are underpaid and underemployed given their educational achievements and experience. Like most newcomers, Black immigrants face myriad challenges as they join the labor force and raise their families in the United States. They too are a threat.
The truth of the matter is we still have many people in the United States who do not trust any immigrants, whether they are here legally or illegally. If you go up in Northern Michigan to the resorts we have some people who live there are upset that Jamaicans work at the resorts instead of them. The Jamaicans are here on a H-1B visa that allow them to work and live here for a short period of time. That still does not sit well with the people who live in these areas year round. They often complain about how these "people" take our jobs away.
This country right now has a problem with immigrants period whether they are here legally or illegally. It's strange for me to say this because America is a nation of immigrants. Whether we were brought here in chains as slaves (illegally) or Ellis Island (legally) we have all contributed to the advancement of this nation. Illegal immigration is a problem to many as well as legal immigration. The reason? We want legal immigrants to actually give up their customs, religion and assimilate into U.S. culture. If they are reluctant to do that then they are viewed as terrorists, illegals, and other kinds of nonsense.
Forget what you are seeing on TV. The whole immigration issue is about economics not the political talking points. Anytime GM ships jobs out the country to allow Mexicans to work slave labor wages ($2 an hour for 18 hours a day) it is about economics. If you want to solve the issue of illegal immigration you have to take an urban conservative solution to the problem.....you solve it economically and educationally. Anything else will force Hispanics to grow the base of the Democratic Party.
Republicans face a shifting demographic disaster if it doesn't change course soon. The 2008 election should have removed all doubt. The GOP lost the Hispanic vote, lost the Black vote, lost the Asian vote, barely won the White vote, and lost the popular vote. By 2012, if present trends continue, it will be mathematically impossible for the Republican presidential candidate to win the presidential election.