Boycotts, boycotts, boycotts. That’s all we’re hearing these days. As soon as Arizona stepped forward to take a stand against illegal immigration by simply passing a law that reiterates current federal law, liberals across the country went wild. Left-wing local governments such as in San Francisco were quick to condemn Arizona’s efforts to protect its residents. However, before San Francisco gets too high and mighty, perhaps the city officials should boycott California first!
That’s right. While San Francisco and Los Angeles are busy boycotting Arizona, these government officials ignore the fact that California’s own illegal immigration law is VERY similar to Arizona’s newly passed SB 1070. As noted in the Washington Times, below is the portion of “section 834b of the California Penal Code that deals with immigration law enforcement at the local level:”
(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.
Ummmmm…. er….. In reality, the reason San Francisco and Los Angeles and other liberal local governments are upset is because they know Arizona will actually ENFORCE the law! Oh my… you mean laws are supposed to be enforced? Interesting concept.
Enforcement of immigration laws and protecting America’s borders isn’t something that has sunk in with Barack Obama either. In welcoming Mexico’s president to the White House, Obama spoke of a “truth of our time,” saying, “we are defined, not by our borders, but by our bonds.”
At the news conference, Obama continued to criticize the Arizona law, calling it “misdirected” and “warning that it has the potential to be applied in a discriminatory fashion.” Misdirected? It sounds to me like it’s specifically targeted. Is the current federal law misdirected? Is the California law misdirected? Ah right, they are unenforced, so what difference does it make?