Here's what I don't understand about this poll reacting to the Arizona immigration bill - right now, the response winning is "I think any state has the right to create a law about their own illegal immigrants."

Okay, so, nationality and citizenship laws are made at the federal level, so why on earth should states be allowed to make their own laws about illegal immigrants? I can't figure out how that makes sense in any way. It's been a while since I took a U.S. government class, so maybe there's something I'm missing.

Can somebody explain this to me? Like, for real, not sarcastic or anything...

2 comments:

At Wed Apr 28, 11:48:00 PM T. R Xands said...

Hmm I went to a Nikki Giovanni reading this evening and before she got started she made a remark that we need to remind Arizona of the Constitution...of the United States. I'm kind of thinking that's what's going on here, that people just en masse forgot that laws about nationality are set at a federal level. I thought the same thing when my state reckoned we could just make English the official language somehow... I don't really know.

 
At Thu Apr 29, 10:20:00 PM Caddy C said...

I am from Arizona, and I can tell you right now that it makes no sense. It's already being challenged in court, and the head of Tucson's police has said that he won't enforce the law.

The media keeps saying that "a majority" of Arizonans support this law, and it's just not true. There were huge protests when it was signed. Many Arizonans know the Constitution, and the rights it guarantees us.

This law is an expression of the emotions that are swirling right now in Arizona: anger over the bad economy, frustration with our State government, which is bankrupt, fear at the high crime rate. It's an emotional reaction from people who don't blink an eye at blaming illegal immigrants (and legal ones) for all of our problems. The amount of illegal immigrants in Arizona is a serious issue, but this isn't the way to fix it.

 

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