7/8/2010 10:17:00 PM
Letter: We should adopt Mexico's strict policies


Is it an intrusive inquiry to be asked for your driver's license when stopped for a traffic violation? I think not.

The driver, who does not speak the language of the country, cannot produce one and is then asked for some type of identification.

When the result is only a shrug of the shoulders, is further questioning called "unreasonable search"? Again, I think not.

How can someone whose very first step into the country is a violation of the law be called a law-abiding immigrant? I believe the correct term is "criminal." Once in this country, these "criminals" demand free medical and welfare, both of which are very hard for our own citizens to get.

When someone complains, they are immediately called "racist" and the protests start. Maybe if these folks had stayed in their country and been as vocal, their country wouldn't have been such a corrupt, mismanaged mess to begin with.

Ignoring the problems of the border has far and away produced a higher potential for violence than SB 1070. That potential has resulted in the closure of a large section of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge as unsafe because of criminal invaders. A rancher who had offered compassionate assistance to invaders was shot and killed on his ranch; law enforcement officers have been shot. These are not things that law-abiding immigrants do.

Yes, our immigration laws are a mess and need repair, but in doing so, we should not reward past criminal action. I would suggest that since Mexico's president seems to be satisfied with his country's immigration laws and the citizens of Mexico have not marched and protested against them, that this country adopt the same strict immigration policies as Mexico. Maybe that would stop the "knee-jerk reactions" of all the city councils that have not read SB 1070 and want to boycott (read blackmail) Arizona.

SB 1070 may not be the answer to the border problem, but it is a great start.

J. E. McGowan