Originally posted by sh76
Now, from the opinion department...
To lay the "blame" for all of this at the feet of a few Arizona (or other) xenophobes or racists completely misses the point.
The "blame" for this movement, so far it it goes, falls squarely at the feet of the federal government, both the Bush and Obama administrations, for consistently ignoring and refusing to deal wit ...[text shortened]... ostrich approach simply isn't going to cut it anymore. The states are going to see to that,
The Arizona law seems almost certain to crumble on a number of constitutional grounds, and it seems hard to imagine how they'll enforce it without using blatant racial profiling.
But I suspect that most of the law's supporters in Arizona already know this. I believe the REAL motivation behind Arizona's new law is to ensure that immigration issues become the main topic of discussion and action for the federal government and Congress this summer.
Both parties have been avoiding the issue, probably because it's impossible to put the two sides into the usual conservative vs liberal pigeon-holes. I'm sure the LAST thing the GOP wants right now is to have an immigration discussion that will divide the Tea Party movement into two equally sized opposing factions. And the Dems are equally worried that this might divide their own base as well.
It looks all of these puppies are going to be spending the summer having to deal with immigration reform. I don't agree with the specifics of Arizona's law, but it actually is an ingenious move.