Unbiased view of Arizona law imported from Nicaragua, apparently unavailable in US media

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El Nuevo Diario, (Managua, Nicaragua) 6/3/10

From a Central American: a thoughtful, realistic look at the Arizona law

Op/col. by Guillermo Areas Cabrera, titled “Law 1070. Law against illegal immigration.” [The first portion educates the reader about the law’s provisions. The second portion provides insightful commentary.]

The law known as Arizona SB1070 is a state law enacted by the Senate of the State of Arizona (USA) and is considered as the widest ranging and strict control measure against illegal immigration during the last decades in the United States.  It is titled “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act.”

Under this law, it is a misdemeanor for an alien to be in Arizona without having the identification documents required by federal law. The law also adds local and state application to the federal immigration laws and applies severe measures against those who house, hire, and transport illegal aliens.  According to the legal reasoning, the motive or intention of this law is attrition through enforcement.  In the case of illegal immigrants, this pressure and legal harassment is to obligate those who wish to immigrate to the U.S. to do so according to the laws enacted for that purpose, and, for those who are already there illegally, to have them consider that the pressure and the harassment are such that it’s better to return to their country of origin.

After the protests, especially in the state of Arizona where 28 percent of the population is considered Hispanic, the majority of them Mexican, the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed amendments to law SB1070 on April 30 by means of amendment HB 2161.  The changes eliminate the possibility that state and local law enforcement may use racial profiling as a motive to detain an individual, and holds that persons can identify themselves to the police with a valid driver’s license of the State of Arizona or from any other state, with an identification as member of a tribe recognized by the State or any other valid identification document.

The amendment provides that officials may question or require from a person about their immigration status only when there is “legal contact,” that is, when a “legal stop, detention or arrest” takes place due to the application of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town of the State of Arizona.  Before this amendment, the law originally provided that if the police suspected any person walking the streets, in Phoenix, for example, to be undocumented, then he could be detained and questioned until he could prove his legal residence in the country.  Now they will no longer be able to do so. The amendment also precludes the search of a residence, without a court order, when it is suspected that there are illegal aliens inside.

When opinion polls were conducted about the approval of Arizona law SB1070, the results were what no one expected.  The great majority of Americans know the law and there’s a larger percentage in favor of the law than against it.  Almost 60% of the population is in favor of the law in question.

This law was approved by the Senate of Arizona in response to the lack of action by the federal government about the immigration problems experienced by all states bordering on Mexico.  The Democrats have considered working on the issue, but given the status of public opinion in the USA, it’s not felt that there may exist a popular backing to abolish or soften Arizona’s Law SB1070, and, rather, it’s believed that other border states of the southwest of the USA could set up similar laws.

The feeling of the American people has been synthesized by a housewife who, when asked her opinion of the law, answered: “Let millions of them come, but let them come according to the law.  Why do they have to come in violation of our immigration laws.  What would other countries think if “the gringos” would invade them as wetbacks in violation of their immigration laws.”

Personally, what attracts my attention are the declarations from other governments who state that they are against the measures provided by the Arizona Law, because they violate the human rights of the illegal immigrants who arrive in that country (USA), when the reality is that these illegals seek the “American dream” because their native countries have denied them their most basic human rights such as the right to have employment and the right to have three square meals every day. It’s as if I criticized a neighbor who refuses to give my children something to eat when they ask for food because I, being incompetent or lazy, do not satisfy their need.

What can our tico [regional nickname for Costa Ricans] neighbors say about the human rights of our illegals who arrive in that country looking for the “Tico dream,” because in the land of Dario [referring to Nicaragua; Ruben Dario was a noted Nicaraguan poet of the 19th Century] they don’t have the right to work and to have three warm meals a day.  What can the Spaniards say about the human rights of the immigrants who arrive in their country, or the Italians, and least of all the Mexicans, with their migratory coyotes who, in partnership with officials, rape, steal, swindle or kill whoever dares to go across their country in search of the Rio Grande border.

Gentlemen, let us be more honest with ourselves. Let us concern ourselves so that our people do not abandon the country because of hunger and lack of work, or so that there may not be children out in the street, begging, nor mothers with children on their laps, under the inclement sun, begging at the traffic lights, nor old people searching for a daily meal in the garbage dumps.  Let us think more about how to save Nicaragua, which is dying in front of us.

Let us not see garbage in someone else’s eye when we have not been able to clean our own.



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6 Responses to “Unbiased view of Arizona law imported from Nicaragua, apparently unavailable in US media”

  1. T Alenduff Says:

    I agree with Don. I also want to add that what does not make sense to me is that a majority of our jobs, many big corporations, have moved their manufacturing facilities SOUTH of the border. Yes I know that down there they can produce their items cheaper (which is something the Mexican, cough, cough, should deal with). With them ‘moving’ North, they have in essence LOWERED our wages here. Why hire an American to do it, when a Mexican WILL do it at a lower wage.

    I say this experience. Years ago, before all this major migration, companies were having a hard time filling the less paying jobs. The Government had no other choice but to do a major rehaul of Minimum Wage Law.

    Also, another thing that just infuriates me is that during the protests that came about because of this new law, I saw a young Mexican boy holding a sign. Upon the sign read “You’re taking OUR Land”. Just who is teaching these people history? Arizona alone had settlers in it in the 1700’s. These southern states were mostly inhabited by several different tribes of Indians. Those Hispanics that were were living in these territories were not shipped back to Mexico or even treated cruelly as the Indians. There were allowed to stay and became Americans.

    I fully understand why they want to live in America, but let them do so LEGALLY!!!

    • Don H Says:

      I think you will find the answer to the rebellious Hispanic youths in the Ethnic Studies programs that were begun to placate the swarm of new Hispanics in Arizona. This program teaches the history of Central and South America and the constant revolving door of revolutions that occurred there. This is taught to Hispanic high school youths, along with the philosophy of Aztlan, the mythical land of the imaginary Hispanic Indians. It never existed, but groups like the NCLR inject that into the Ethnic Studies programs in Arizona to spice it up a bit. Hence, the movement in Arizona to ban any ethnic studies that promote sedition. It’s one H… of a conspiracy in our western states. I read the Tucson and Phoenix news to get most of my information plus subscribe to the NCLR Internet news.

  2. Frank Coon Says:

    Excellent info. Just now joined and have learned that you will no longer be publishing thse reports – I understand completely. with the economy as it is just about nobody can afford to do anything out of the ordinary.

    Please keep up your good work. Thank you all for your service in our Border Patrol – wish you had been given more support from our federal government.

    Hope you do issue reports as to the status of any of your actions.

    Good Luck and Godspeed.


  3. Joann Says:

    Would nafbpo.org reconsider keeping your reports on going, if donations came in to justify a part time person sending these us these reports?

    Or could nafbpo.org recruits volunteers to keep this platform going. A group of volunteers could be created and all we would need is your choice information gathering formula and google translation tools.

    I think in the future we are going to need these reports even more than we do now, because deep down inside, I think the violence will only increase and excel in the US from Mexico. Because no matter what our government, if anything, does I think there will be a revolution or civil war in the streets within the next several years.

  4. Bill Z Says:

    Very sorry to see you go….Have been downloading and saving your reports for several years now – even saved many of them to “Flash Stick” archive.. Made me very sad for Mexico, and for our DEA and Border Patrol agents killed or injured in the line of duty…You’ve done a great job……………… Good Luck and God Bless…

  5. Don H Says:

    Wow. And I thought there was no intelligent life out there. Looks like someone else “gets it”, even if our own President does not. But don’t expect an admission like this from Mexico. All they know is that their right to migrate to the north is being opposed by some silly border.

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