“Papers Please” SB1070

By Mike Ebert

SB1070 debate not going away

As we saw again this week the SB1070 contest is not going away. The argument about America’s right to sovereignty is absurd. As with all industrial nations we are an attraction to people in third world nations because we have more and offer opportunity to achieve more. Contrary to Obama, we “the people” built this nation to be what it is. We have a right to protect what our forefathers created as stated in The Declaration of Independence as ratified on July 4, 1776.

Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area. Granted America has grown some and has had some battles to protect our geographic area. We have a great Spanish heritage in the southwest but we are America now and have been since The Gadsden Purchase in 1850’s. The Gold Rush and the construction of the transcontinental railroad brought many immigrants to America. California became a U.S. Territory on January 24, 1848 and the Gadsden Purchase was the result of necessity and several battles with Mexico. But it was a purchase known as Venta de La Mesilla in Mexico. It is our history. “Papers Please” give me a break.

The issue with SB1070, according to the Arizona Daily Star article, is ”when police have stopped someone for any reason they are supposed to question them about their immigration status if there is a reason to believe that they are in this country illegally”. Our police and deputies are not the Gestapo, they are looking for driving infractions and the only profiling they are doing is searching for traffic or vehicular violations.

American citizens driving cars must have a driver’s license and proof of insurance. What in the world are these people wanting? We even have a city councilman stating that she will continue the fight to stop this (Sept 19 Channel 9) intrusion. She is quite ignorant about the importance of sovereignty and our history as a nation but we must ask as citizens of Tucson, what is her motivation? Does she also believe that she lives in the mythological country of Aztlan? Was she also a student of La Raza studies in TUSD? How in the world did she ever get on our city council if she does not know who she is supposed to be representing?

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