“…let freedom ring…”

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

I proudly hold membership to the land of the free, opportunity, prosperity, and a dream. Being that we are a nation of immigrants and merging cultures, it is no surprise that many others want to access this membership as well. Freedom to come and go; freedom to move around; freedom to make the dream possible for you and yours; freedom, this country is synonymous with freedom. Yes, there have been some significant historical hurdles, stops and starts on the definition of freedom and who should be able to access or apply for membership.

I have heard some say, “come through the front door,” meaning apply for a green card, take the necessary classes to become a naturalized American citizen. America’s dynamic has been changing since its founding, and it’s no different now. The number of undocumented persons has been a political sticking point for quite some time. So much so, that states and towns have instituted their own immigration laws–none more famous than Arizona’s. And now the United States Justice Department has, as the Washington Post’s Jerry Markon writes, “has decided to file suit against Arizona on the grounds that the state’s new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, law enforcement sources said Monday.”

The Arizona Law (from CNN):

“Arizona’s law orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally.

It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.”

The Justice Department’s anticipated suit against Arizona “will invoke for its main argument the legal doctrine of “preemption,” which is based on the Constitution’s supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. Justice Department officials believe that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility, the sources said.”

The concerns surrounding immigration and the rise of undocumented persons will not be resolved over night or even by some quick fix, membership–who and how–to access this membership is in question…and the next stage is in defining membership, which is nothing new; immigration is an historical problem that the land of the free has visited, revisited from time to time.

  1. What do you think of their new law in their GA purporting the end to “anchor babies”?

    And old professor of mine posted this on his blog about the sheer nature of the politicking that you describe –

    Its time like these I believe we truly do have the wrong people in charge on both sides of the aisle. I hope however that President Obama goes after Energy policy first and then goes for Immigration reform with the help of the GOP stalwarts. Otherwise anything the Democrats try to do, whether reactive or progressive, will be shot down for the chances of political gain in the election.

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