Friday, June 20, 2008

Sheriff Getting Heat for Doing His Job

Phoenix Sheriff Arrests Illegal Immigrants

Sounds pretty wholesome right? Evidently some people are having trouble with it. Many leftists are taking issue with the fact that this is “racial profiling” because he is going after Hispanic Mexican looking types. Yes- because we should also be looking for immigrants from Canada in Arizona. People seem to not realize that we are looking for Mexican illegal immigrants – so is it that much of a stretch that he is going after Mexicans? When a sheriff gets criticized for doing his job – it just proves how messed up the leftist citizenry is in this country.

People like that would have Sheriff Arpaio checking identification and pulling over whites and blacks as well. Hmm… that seems like a great idea, and a perfectly good way to waste countless hours, resources, and manpower.

Many are taking issue because of the fact that the constitution protects all citizens from this under the 4th Amendment and due process. They seem to totally disregard the words “all citizens” and read it as ”all citizens and people who are in this country illegally”. On a side note – I love it how we have a constitution when it so conveniently suits their views- but they fail to even read it when it conflicts with them.

People also fail to realize that it is perfectly within the sheriff or any police officer’s jurisdiction to do this. Under Terry v. Ohio 392 U.S. 1 (1968) the Supreme Court ruled in favor of what is now referred to as a “Terry Stop” or Stop and Identify Laws - which are on the books in many if not all states. You are required to be able to identify yourself to an officer at all times. This isn’t a new thing – but it is conveniently forgotten by those who oppose its practice. Also many forget the decision in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada - in which the Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that a Nevada “stop-and-identify” law did not violate the United States Constitution.

Also - needless to say - but only those with something to hide or a reason to fear this "new" practice are the ones who should be scared and have a problem with it.

And just to close with a generic anti-immigration statement: They are living here illegally, not paying taxes, but gaining all the benefits of being a citizen without any of the hassle. I am not going to deny all the work they do, and the jobs that they take that are beneficial to the American economy, but that is outweighed by the fact that they contribute nothing fiscally back to the nation and paying their dues for all those freedoms, rights, and benefits they enjoy. It is a burden to the regular American taxpayer (specifically the middle-class), and is also a driving cause of inflation.

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