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GUEST COLUMN: Democrats should get on board with Arizona’s immigration law

May 28, 2010
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By Dave Schultheis

While it might come as a shock to Democrats — such as Boulder liberal and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., most of America is applauding Arizona for taking control of illegal immigration within its borders.

Simply put, the law requires police to check with federal authorities on a person’s immigration status if officers have already stopped that person for a legitimate reason and have a reasonable suspicion the person might be in the United States illegally.

Polis and his colleagues would have the public believing the Arizona law will scare and scapegoat American citizens of certain ethnic heritages.

Opponents love to call the new law “racist,” and Polis even compared it to the policies of Nazi Germany and state sponsored genocide.

Give me a break.

According to a poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, one in three Hispanics in the United States said they support the law.

Are they being racist against people of their own ethnicity?

That same poll goes on to note that 64 percent of all adults support Arizona’s new immigration law.

And it’s not just Republicans who think this is a good idea. Half of all Democrats polled say they support the law and two-thirds of Independents polled support it.

The law makes clear that if the person produces a valid driver’s license or other state-issued identification he or she is presumed to be in the United States legally.

Since when has a police officer, asking someone for a driver’s license after making a stop, a “racist” action?

Nearly every American has a driver’s license or some form of identification. If a person lacks proper identification it is reasonable to suspect he or she might be here illegally.

To further demonstrate his disconnect with the American people, Polis has thrown his support behind an “immigration reform” proposal that is supported by the likes of Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Charles Schumer, D-New York.

“If (illegal immigrants) obey our laws, learn our language and pay our taxes, we will welcome (them) to American,” Polis wrote in an editorial.

Polis can call it “comprehensive reform” all he wants. He can dress it up and call it whatever he chooses. But any proposal that allows people who are here illegally to cut to the front of the line is amnesty.

We are in a major recession, and we need all the jobs we can get for Colorado citizens and those who reside in Colorado legally. Polis should remember that as he and his Democratic colleagues prepare to face an electorate that is sensitive to job losses.

It is time for Democrats in Congress to start standing up for the rule of law, which they have sworn to uphold.


State Sen. Dave Schultheis is a Republican representing Senate District 9 in Colorado Springs.

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