Sunday, April 25, 2010

Can I get out of here illegally too?

Nobody doubts that you're human. Our big question is whether you are an American. The human part is obvious. Beyond that, it's a guessing game unless you can show us some paperwork.
PHOENIX – Arodi Berrelleza isn't one of the targets of Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law — he's a U.S. citizen. But the 18-year-old high school student from Phoenix said he's afraid he'll be arrested anyway if police see him driving around with friends and relatives, some of them illegal immigrants.
"If a cop sees them and they look Mexican, he's going to stop me," Berrelleza said. "What if people are U.S. citizens? They're going to be asking them if they have papers because of the color of their skin."
Oh, you mean the same way young people get carded in bars because they look like they're under-aged? That's profiling too, but you don't see a group of protesters carrying signs to stop 17-year old's from being carded because they look young. They are also human.
Berrelleza's concerns were echoed at rallies in the state Saturday, a day after Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that requires police to question people about their immigration status — including asking for identification — if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.
Groups of people protest illegal immigration legislation - and I'm guessing that they are here legally ... no? Maybe the police should start checking the protesters? Methinks thou dost protest too much.
State Sen. Rebecca Rios, a Phoenix Democrat and fourth-generation Arizonan, said she's concerned about her 14-year-old son being harassed by police because of his brown skin, black hair and dark-brown eyes.
"I don't want my son or anyone else's son targeted simply because of their physical characteristics," Rios said. "There's no reason I should have to carry around any proof of citizenship, nor my son."
Really? No reason? I have to carry around a New Jersey driver's license, which proves not only that I am a legal resident, but that I am licensed to drive a motor vehicle. Maybe Rebecca could tell me why I do not have to carry it around and represent me when I am caught without it.
The new law, which will take effect in late July or early August, was cheered by many, including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose tough crackdowns have made him a hero in the anti-illegal immigration community.
There's an anti-illegal immigration community? Seriously? Find out where they meet. That would be the best way to round them up. Check Facebook. Somebody has to clue me in on what the problem is with illegal immigration legislation. The first word is "illegal" so I'd guess that there is a law that is being violated.
We are supposed to be against anti-illegal immigration legislation because it promotes racial profiling, but what it really does is promote legal immigration, which shouldn't be an issue at all. But we live in a society that grants leniency to people because of the way they look or act and if they can prove that they are being treated differently because of the way they look, they are declared not guilty.
Almost everything in society is based on the way we look. Pregnant women are excused from doing certain things, even if we don't know them, it's obvious that they are pregnant because of the way they look. Fat people are harassed on airplanes because they take up too much room. We hold beauty pageants and award people we deem to be more attractive than others with special prizes. I suppose that's OK as long as we're giving somebody something? Just don't try to kick them out of the country because they look different - even if they aren't here legally.
We base almost every behavior on an impression of someone we see for the first time. It's a little something we call human nature. Suddenly, because there is a political angle to be pursued we have to change the way we think.
You can't legislate the way people feel, but you can legislate who is here legally, and if that requires that you carry a piece of paper, then deal with it. I do.
And if you don't have one, get the Hell out. America is crowded enough without your illegal ass.


oneyeDMBfan said... on... and at 1:08am... WOW you're good!!!!

Paul J. said...

Damn straight! I'm a LEGAL immigrant from the only English speaking country in Europe that's not English, so nothing infuriates me more than to see "activists" trying to get special treatment for ILLEGAL immigrants, when no-one does any favors for LEGAL immigrants! And then they replace ILLEGAL immigration with "immigration", so they can claim that if we're against it, we must be racist! There are plenty of white European illegal immigrants too, many from my own country I'm ashamed to admit - so the millions from south of the border do not own illegal immigration!
And what is with this word "undocumented"? They're not really ILLEGAL - they're only "undocumented" immigrants - maybe next time one of the pro-illegal immigration "activists" has a burglary at his house, the cops could tell him "Oh but there's no problem here sir; this wasn't an ILLEGAL break-in, it was just an undocumented break-in!"