The MSM Smears Arizona Immigration Law – Again

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(This video was posted to YouTube on May 1, 2010. It doesn’t seem to be an official CNN release, so I have no idea how long it will remain available. I just saw it for the first time today. Hence the post.)

CNN takes apart Arizona’s immigration law in this scathing, “unbiased” report of unknown date, uploaded to YouTube on May 1st, 2010. But there are a couple of things wrong with this clip. Can you spot them?

Let’s take them apart one by one.

1) The steel plant owner, Sheridan Bailey, fired 12 workers, which were illegal immigrants and now he can’t restaff. He claims he will lose multiple millions of dollars over the span of a year. Mr. Bailey has tried to hire veterans, ex-cons, even a “lost boy from Africa” (whatever that means), but nothing has worked.

The CNN reporter fails to state the Arizona law has yet to take effect. While Mr. Bailey may fear for his business in the shadow of the law’s impending enforcement, he is already in violation of federal law under the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.

UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS”SEC. 274A. (a) “8 USC 1324a” MAKING EMPLOYMENT OF UNAUTHORIZED ALIENS UNLAWFUL. —

“(1) IN GENERAL. — It is unlawful for a person or other entity to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States —

“(A) an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien (as defined in subsection (h)(3)) with respect to such employment, or

“(B) an individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b).

“(2) CONTINUING EMPLOYMENT. — It is unlawful for a person or other entity, after hiring an alien for employment in accordance with paragraph (1), to continue to employ the alien in the United States knowing the alien is (or has become) an unauthorized alien with respect to such employment.

While the report states Mr. Bailey tried to restaff with US citizens (presumably), it leaves out why his attempts were unsuccessful. Were there no unemployed veterans, ex-cons or “lost African boys?” Were such available but un-trainable for some reason? We are left to wonder.

2) The Arizona workforce is made up of approximately 11% illegal immigrants. Mostly in the agricultural, construction, tourism and hospitality industries. The Arizona unemployment rate is roughly 4%.

First of all, four percent? Can we please elect Jan Brewer president right now? Clearly, Arizona is doing something right. This is lower than the national average on a good day, much less with our current unemployment rate hovering, nationally, around 9.7-9.9%.

The law was never about unemployment, although people often make emotionally based arguments that “illegals are taking our jobs.” Which, in some cases, is definitely true. Instead, the law was about protecting Arizona citizens from being inundated by illegal border crossings and immigration, increasingly accompanied by drug smuggling and violence.

Janet Napolitano recently stated illegal immigration across the Mexican border was “down.” My first reaction to this statement was: how does she know? If we know how many are crossing, then we must be monitoring them. If we monitor them, we can clearly stop them.

The truth is, illegal immigration is down because unemployment is up. There aren’t the same number of opportunities for undocumented workers in this country because there aren’t the same opportunities for legal citizens. This leads me to believe a higher percentage of illegal immigrants are coming here for purposes other than to work. Once again, I must reference drug smuggling and drug related kidnappings and violence.

Wrapped into the above statistics is a total failure to mention the boycotts Arizona now faces by liberal cities, states and municipalities that target tourism and hospitality industries and, quite possibly, other Arizona businesses on the pretense the Arizona law is “racist.”

If liberals were truly worried about the well-being of immigrants in Arizona, they would be supporting these very businesses rather than boycotting them. But, of course, they’re not. They’re worried about the emotional sentiment of standing against such an “unjust” law, not the practical applications of the law or their boycotts. It’s all about a unicorn and bunnies feel-good response. Actual immigrants be damned.

3) Arizona is doing a 180 to get illegals back. A proposed “guest worker” program makes it legal for Arizona business owners to hire illegal immigrants.

That’s a clever bit of misinformation, isn’t it? In fact, the proposed guest worker program makes it legal for non-resident aliens to work in Arizona. That means, hey, they’re not illegals.

Now, I could find nothing on this proposed legislation on either Jan Brewer’s official site as Governor, nor on the official Arizona state website, so I have no idea how serious this proposal is. I do know it seems very similar to worker visas issues to Indian citizens who came here to work in the tech industry in the late 90’s. I don’t need to look that one up; I know it from personal experience.

I actually like this plan. For the following reasons:

  1. Businesses must first prove they are unsuccessful in hiring US citizens. That neatly circumvents the “they’re taking our jobs” argument.
  2. Workers are documented, given background checks, fingerprinted and given ID. Presumably, since this is in conjunction with the Mexican consulate, this would satisfy the AZ law and any “guest worker” stopped by police would be able to present this ID as proof of legal status, thus avoiding possible deportation. The background checks assure we’re not letting criminals into the country.
  3. This isn’t a path to citizenship. One can’t use the “guest worker” status as a path to a “green card,” unlike the tech industry’s H1B visas. Workers work, then leave. One can’t have children under the so-called “anchor baby law,” (which is something of a misnomer anyway). One can’t bring one’s family. One is here to work. Period. This doesn’t supersede federal immigration law. Instead, it provides an alternate path for Mexican citizens (primarily) who would like seasonal – or even semi-permanent – work here in the US without jumping through the hoops required to obtain resident alien status. It’s the best of both worlds, not the worst.

Once again, Arizona leads the way in enforcing its sovereignty when the federal government ignores its responsibilities under Article 4 – Section IV of the Constitution, which states:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

Not to mention, the Department of Homeland Security’s own stated responsibilities, which read, in part:

“Fulfilling our mission also means securing our borders – our Southern border, our Northern border, and our air and sea ports of entry, while also facilitating legitimate commerce. Every year, we apprehend and deport more than a million illegal immigrants, focusing on those with criminal records, and we are using technology, manpower and physical infrastructure to improve operational control of our borders. Recently, we announced a new initiative to strengthen security on the Southwest border to disrupt the drug, cash and weapon smuggling that is helping to fuel cartel violence in Mexico.”

And, once again, the Main Stream Media misrepresents Arizona’s attempts to secure its borders and secure a safe environment for all its citizens.

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