Texas Joins in Political Circus to Support Arizona Immigration Law

Could there be any coincidence that the eight states supporting Arizona’s immigration law are all run by Republican governors or that each state is in the midst of a contentious gubernatorial race?

The eight states and Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory, joined Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox in filing an amicus brief yesterday in support of fellow Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her state’s misguided immigration enforcement law that will take effect July 29th. The constitutionality of the law is being challenged in court by the federal government.

“Arizona, Michigan, and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a state’s efforts to protect its own border,” Cox huffed in a statement.

Geez, isn’t Cox running for governor in the Republican Primary in Michigan? Why yes he is!

The way things are in Michigan, they should be paying people to move to the state instead of fretting over “protecting their borders.”

And consider Governor Rick Perry, our own political weather vane. On July 11, he tells the  National Council of La Raza in San Antonio that he is against the Arizona law.

“The fact of the matter is we’re making a difference in the state of Texas. As we improve border security and as we sustain legitimate commerce, we ensure that no one demonizes people because of the color of their skin or the sound of their last name.”

Four days later he announces to the world that Texas has filed a legal brief in support of the Arizona law.

So, which side are you on Rick?

And really all the huffing on Cox’s part about Obama using taxpayer dollars to fight Arizona’s immigration law.

We all know Arizona is broke. Now Arizona and other states will be wasting what little taxpayer money they have left on tracking down undocumented people. The whole “illegal immigrant” debate is a smokescreen for state economies that are going down the tubes. Once the GOP candidates win their elections, voters will find there’s no money in the coffers to enforce their “illegal immigrant” bills.

SB 1070 is going to cost Arizona millions on enforcement, and yes, in legal defenses too. Why don’t they put their politicians to work in D.C. – instead of bankrupting the state — and try and change policy there? But that wouldn’t win any Republican primaries would it?

And what’s the deal with the Northern Mariana Islands? Apparently, they are upset that their immigration law was federalized under the Bush Administration. Since they are a U.S. protectorate that’s part of the deal. They have guest workers that have lived there for decades with no rights who are in a state of limbo. The U.S. is proposing that the guest workers be allowed a pathway to citizenship.

At least they have a guest workers program. That’s more than Arizona or the rest of the United States can claim.

It’s just sad that with the current state of the economy, the BP oil disaster and everything else going on, the only thing these politicos can find to talk about is illegal immigration. Instead of taking the bait, voters should be holding them accountable.

Melissa del Bosque is a staff writer and a 2015-16 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.

Published at 4:56 pm CST
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