Having in my lifetime, experience America's immigration system first hand, I thought I might offer a few comments about yesterday's immigration ruling by the Supreme Court.
I agree with the one provision that they kept requiring local law enforcement officials to verify immigration status of those whom they have caught breaking a law. It is a simple procedure of requiring some sort of identification which all law abiding citizens have and those that are here illegally don't have. I do disagree with Justice Kennedy's assertion that great care must be taken when enforcing this to prevent racial profiling. We must remember that these are criminals in the first place. Can you racially profile a criminal whom as standard police procedure you must identify?
I also agree with the courts decision to turn down the part of the law that would allow law officials to arrest without warrant based on 'probable cause' of being an illegal alien. We are a country founded on the belief that we are innocent until proven guilty and as soon as we start believing people guilty before proof, we are no better than countries ruled by the most ruthless of dictators. I would rather ten guilty people go free than one innocent person wrongly incarcerated. Even O.J. Simpson.
I also agree with the court striking down the part of the law requiring those illegally here to carry registration papers and other government identification. Unless I am required by law to carry those things and in certain instances such as when driving a car, I am, then they shouldn't be forced to carry them either. My wife who is a legal immigrant would be forced to carry her passport around with her at all times simply because she doesn't look American and despite the fact that she speaks better English than most native U.S. citizens. In the case of driving a vehicle and being stopped, in this state we are given a period of time to produce a valid license before being charged. That law should apply to all people.
I disagree with the court on turning down the part of the law forbidding those who are here illegally from soliciting or applying for work. Those working illegally only do one thing, prevent those here legally from getting the same job. The argument of those in favor of allowing illegals to work here is that they do jobs that legal citizens won't do. My argument is that we should allow legalized slavery? No. If legal citizens won't do the work then those that want the work done will have to pay more money until legal citizens are willing to do it. It is simple supply and demand economics. We should not subsidize fruit with the brows of illegal aliens because they are willing to do such work at meager wages.
I also disagree with the court on turning down the criminalization of being illegal in this country. They committed a crime by entering our country without proper documents. They are criminals and should be punished as such which at bare minimum means thrown in jail until they legally complete requirements or deported, which ever we desire. By allowing them to remain here and not be prosecuted, and this applies to Obama's move saying we won't deport children of those who illegally enter our country, we cheapen and toughen immigration for all those who do so legally. We cheapen it because why work five years to earn it legally when all you have to do is sneak through our borders once and you're good. We toughen legal immigration because our immigration quotas will be cranked down to reflect those who illegally entered our country meaning those who legally want to immigrate, a process that can take upwards of 20 years for some people, will not have to wait even longer.
Overall, I agreed with the court on three of the five issues but think the two that they 'missed' were some of the more important ones in solving our immigration problem. I think everyone would admit we do have an immigration problem and it needs to be solved before we become horrible over crowded and impoverished like so many other countries. Obamacare is up this Thursday. I'm sure it will contain a mixed bag of results for me too.