Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Now Mexico Is Suing Arizona?

Okay, I am just shaking my head in disbelief at this, but it is, in fact, true. Yes, now Mexico is suing Arizona for having the audacity to try and protect its borders from illegal aliens. Oh, that's not how they phrase it - they just don't want their citizens to be asked for any identification when they cross the border into the United State, like every other country in the world, INCLUDING MEXICO, does when someone tries to enter the country. And yes, that is a bit of snark. Sorry, but this is just freaking lunacy.

Bear in mind, as you read this AP article, that Mexico has far, far more Draconian laws than the US would ever even dream of having, yet they are trying to tell one of OUR states how to protect its border from. Suffice it to say, if you are caught being in Mexico illegally, you are in for a world of hurt. And that is what makes this so rich:
Mexico Asks Court To Reject Ariz. Immigration Law

Mexico on Tuesday asked a federal court in Arizona to declare the state’s new immigration law unconstitutional, arguing that the country’s own interests and its citizens’ rights are at stake.

Lawyers for Mexico on Tuesday submitted a legal brief in support of one of five lawsuits challenging the law. The law will take effect July 29 unless implementation is blocked by a court.

The law generally requires police investigating another incident or crime to ask people about their immigration status if there’s a “reasonable suspicion” they’re in the country illegally. It also makes being in Arizona illegally a misdemeanor, and it prohibits seeking day-labor work along the state’s streets.

Citing “grave concerns,” Mexico said its interest in having predictable, consistent relations with the United States shouldn’t be frustrated by one U.S. state.

Mexico also said it has a legitimate interest in defending its citizens’ rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling, hinder trade and tourism, and strain the countries’ work on combatting drug trafficking and related violence.

“Mexican citizens will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure out of concern that they will be subject to unlawful police scrutiny and detention,” the brief said.

It will be to a U.S. District Court judge to decide whether to accept the brief along with similar ones submitted by various U.S. organizations.

Hold the phone. Mexican citizens "will be afraid to visit Arizona for work or pleasure" because they might be asked for their ID if they commit another crime for which they are stopped? If they are in the country legally, and have a legal right to be working in the United States, why would they be afraid?? Good grief. How is it possible people can get this far in life with logic like this (if it can be called "logic," that is).

Hopefully, the US District Court will not allow another nation to interfere into a US state law. Oh, and it would have been nice if someone had mentioned this to the governor:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law on April 23 and changes to it on April 30, has lawyers defending it in court.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Brewer said she was “very disappointed” to learn of Mexico’s filing and reiterated that “Arizona’s immigration enforcement laws are both reasonable and constitutional.”

“I believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail and that our laws will be found constitutional,” Brewer added.

Brewer and other supporters of the bill say the law is intended to pressure illegal immigrants to leave the United States. They contend it is a needed response to federal inaction over what they say is a porous border and social problems caused by illegal immigration. They also argue that it has protections against racial profiling.

Mexican officials previously had voiced opposition to the Arizona law, with President Felipe Calderon saying June 8 that the law “opens a Pandora’s box of the worst abuses in the history of humanity” by promoting racial profiling and potentially leading to an authoritarian society.

Calderon voiced similar criticism of the law during a May visit to Washington.

U.S. officials have said the Obama administration has serious concerns about the law and may challenge it in court. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton recently went further by saying a lawsuit is planned.

Okay, maybe it's because I'm getting over being sick, or having an almost 6 year old here for the week and I am, well, let's say, not young, or both. But my response to this is, "Bite me" to Mexico. The law in Arizona does not violate human rights, does not violate Federal law, since that law requires ALL persons from other countries here legally to carry papers stating as much for 70 years now, and only comes into play when a violation of one sort or another has been committed (not, as Obama stupidly claimed, when a family merely goes out for ice cream).

And honestly, if they are going to go after Arizona, they should go after California, too, since they have some mighty strict laws about immigration themselves. Just saying.

Or, maybe they should treat their citizens better so they aren't trying to get into the United States illegally (again, almost 60% of illegal immigrants in the US are from Mexico, so I am not picking on them, but stating a fact. And ya don't hear the Canadian government threatening to sue, do ya? Nope.). Maybe they should work to make their border less porous, too, instead of making the US do the lion's share to keep their citizens out. Maybe they should just shut the hell up already since they are not bearing the tremendous cost to land, life, and finances that the US is bearing (you won't even believe what the US Dept. of the Interior is charging the U.S. Border Patrol - you read that right - for "environmental costs" to the border. I am not making this up. Try $50 million dollars. Yup.). Instead of going after one of our states, focusing on the speck in the eye of another, Mexico should focus on the plank in its own eye, to use a biblical metaphor.

What do you think?


SFIndie said...

Hmmmm, well, this is what I think, Rev.

I think that our President-Lite promised something to Calderon in return for Calderon filing this absurd lawsuit.

I think Calderon wants an open border so the drug cartels and the slave traders and smugglers will move into the U.S. and hopefully reduce the violence in his own country.

I think people need to remember that if 60% of illegals in this country are from Mexico, that leaves 40% from somewhere else. Pakistan? Iran? Afghanistan? (Let's not forget those missing Afghan soldiers.) If P-Lite issues an executive order for amnesty for every illegal in this country, I can't help but wonder what rats will crawl out of their hiding places to wreak havoc and mayhem.

I think that anyone who wants to grant amnesty to illegals, saying that most of these people have respect for the U.S., need to re-think their definition of respect. If you respect a country, you respect their laws. Anyone here illegally, taking advantage of subsidized housing, health care, and schooling, does not respect this country. They are criminals.

And I think that anyone who assists these criminals should be treated as criminals themselves. That includes anyone who provides jobs, housing, health care, and schooling. Oh yeah, and anyone who wants to give them all a free pass.

And did I say how incredibly absurd it is for Mexico to be suing a state in the United States of America because they don't like one of our laws? How about we sue Mexico for allowing murderers and drug cartels into our country? Do you suppose P-Lite will do that? Nah, didn't think so.

I don't even recognize this country any more. I cannot wait until December. I wonder if I can just stay in Montserrat after my visa expires...maybe I'll get subsidized housing, free health care, food stamps. Oh no, wait. That only happens in THIS country.

I bet Michelle is REALLY proud of her country now!

Anonymous said...

Yup, and do we hear anything from the President of OUR country telling Calderon to shove it up his burrito? No. Because Obama is perfectly happy to have another country beat up on one of our States, particularly one that doesn't support him.

This is madness.

Oh...and check out the post I wrote today (yeah, I'm back to political posts). States are no longer recognized as part of our Federal Union, we're considered to be a corporation now by our illustrious pols.

word verification: egadv
Egad is right! What's happened to our country?

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SFIndie, yes, exactly, on all counts. I just saw that Obama is threatening an Executive Order (did I mention having an almost 6 yr old boy visiting this week??), the very thing abt which we screamed bloody murder when Bush did it. And what happens when an Exec. Order countermands US Law?? That's what I'd like to know.

I have very little doubt that Obama promised Calderon something. That wouldn't surprise me one tiny bit. I am sure they colluded on the whole thing.

Another reason why Calderon doesn't want us to stop people coming into the country is all of the money they send back to Mexico. Crappy for us; great for them!


I don't recognize this country anymore either. I am glad my mom didn't live to see what Obama is doing to it. She saw more than enough before she died, even to the point of agreeing with Rush Limbaugh (that "Obama was in over his head" - uh, YEAH)...

Speaking of, Rasmussen did a poll that showed more people though Hillary was qualified to be Prez than Obama! Wow! What a surprise! Who would have EVER guessed such a thing?? WTF? That's why she got more VOTES than anyone else. Not that the DNC could care abt something like that...

Yep - Dec. cannot come soon enough.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

ME, I am just so happy to have you back blogging again! I have really missed you, friend! Great posts, too. I imagine Obama's next speech will have sponsorship logos on them or something. Ahem.

Please do keep us posted on this whole Blago trial. I can't wait for the really good stuff to start coming out, can you?

Egads is right. I'm just shaking my head in disgust and disbelief...

Anonymous said...

Rev.Amy- Thanks, I'm happy to be back...sort of. :-D I'm trying not to spend too much time at my computer because I just don't have the time anymore. Not sure how I can come to a fair balance, but I'm working on it.

Regarding Blago...I'm not sure what will come out in those tapes because it sounds to me like a lot of them are not being allowed in the trial. Now, why would that be unless it would be damaging to Obama? Something smells very fishy.

Blago is a moron, there's no doubt and his wife is a self-centered bitch. But that said, Blago never acted alone and is confidence that he could "get something" out of that deal for the Senate seat didn't just pop in his head, it's a part of the political landscape in Illinois.

I think the only one that will go down in this is Blago...and it may ruin Rham's chance at any kind of political career. People of Illinois are fed up.

And speaking of people of Illinois being fed up....Obama's poll numbers in Illinois are dropping like a rock. Heh.


Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Nunly -

I hear you - that balance thing is hard to do sometimes (most times?). I'm working on that, too, or trying to, anyway...I'll be going back to Aruba next week with our recent high school grad godson, so definitely will not be writing then! (Can't wait - he's a sweetheart - tall, athletic, very smart, and too cute for his own good! :-) )

Blago. Sheesh. No doubt he didn't act by himself, and no doubt Obama was right there in the thick of things. Oh, how I wish someone would get those tapes and leak them, don't you?

I was wondering what the people of IL thought of Obama these days. And my partner thought you would be SOOO happy at the possibility of getting Rahm as mayor. Ahahaha. Right. Anyway, glad to hear people there are wising up like the rest of the nation...

I hope your vacation was relaxing, especially since you got to come back to so much fun and games with school in Sweden - wowie zowie - what an ordeal!

Glad to hear from you - you were missed!