- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Do we really want to make it legal to be an illegal alien? Our president tells us the new Arizona law is irresponsible and unfair to illegal aliens (“Arizona to Obama: Do your job,” Comment & Analysis, April 27). That turns the rule of law on its head.

Law enforcement personnel are trained professionals. They know how to do their jobs without violating individual civil rights. It seems a gross mischaracterization - even before the law goes into effect - to jump to the conclusion that police would deliberately violate anyone’s civil rights.

We are aware that some of the half-million illegal aliens in Arizona are on a crime spree. We know citizens are being assaulted, kidnapped and even killed by illegal aliens. We know illegal-alien drug smugglers have local police outgunned. And more illegal aliens join the mayhem daily, streaming across the border at the rate of 1,000 every 24 hours.

Should Congress and the courts take President Obama’s advice and tell law enforcement in Arizona to back off so they don’t offend the rights of illegal aliens? To what end? Arizona’s citizens fear they eventually will be outnumbered. Unchecked, the situation can only end in anarchy. Arizona recognizes this. Too bad so many others don’t see it.

JANE KENNY

Bluffton, S.C.


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