Friday, April 30, 2010
My article on the controversial Arizona immigration bill now appears at Pajamas Media.
With Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of SB 1070, the battle lines were drawn. The prospect of empowering and requiring law enforcement in Arizona to enforce federal immigration law raises civil rights concerns on both sides of the debate. Many supporters seem torn between these concerns and the prospect of overwhelming schools, social services, and the police if illegal immigration is left unchecked. However, as someone who sympathizes with its proponents, I must say that SB 1070 is wrong for Arizona for reasons far beyond civil rights issues.I'll take the moment to welcome anyone arriving from PJM. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to take a look around here. The list of favorite posts is a good place to start.
SB 1070 deserves only one fundamental criticism: It would fail to protect the individual rights of American citizens –even if it hermetically sealed our borders and the police never touched a single American hair in the process of enforcing it. This is because the biggest headaches attributed to illegal immigration are not caused by it at all.
More important, getting an op-ed published in a major outlet has been a goal of mine as a writer for quite some time, and I would like to thank some people who helped it happen. I had been putting off trying this due to personal circumstances, but Paul Hsieh's string of incisive articles about individual rights in medicine inspired me to take the plunge anyway. His encouragement and writing advice were also invaluable. In addition, I appreciate the always unsparing feedback of my toughest critic, Mrs. Van Horn. She saw this before I released it into the wild. Last but not least, I owe my regular readers and commenters my thanks. Your visits were telling me all along to aim higher. You have my gratitude.