Arizona Immigration Reform: Common Sense or Police State?

by | Apr 20, 2010 | Headline News | 31 comments

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    ice_raidArizona’s new immigration bill will require police officers to perform identification checks whenever they believe there to be a probable cause, or reasonable suspicion, that the person in question may have entered into the state illegally, namely through the Mexican border.

    Though the bill does not specifically single out Latinos, it is clear that they will be disproportionately targeted by the new laws. Now that Arizona has paved the way, will the anti-immigration movement reignite?

    First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico last week said that changes to the immigration system are necessary. Rather than focusing on border security, however, Mrs. Obama hinted that the system changes in question will deal with how to handle immigrant already in the United States.

    “We’re seeing young children who are trying to cross the border just to reconnect with their parents, and their lives are in danger. They’re put in precarious situations. And a strong immigration reform policy would help alleviate some of those challenges.”

    Washington’s immigration “reform” policies, like gun reform and health care reform, will attempt to spin the issue for the sake of the children, rather than addressing the root of the problem, which is securing our Southern border. Had the parents of these children not crossed US borders illegally in the first place, their children would not be forced to try and reconnect with them.

    Thus, for the time being, while border control is not a serious enough issue for Washington to tackle, border states like Arizona are left with few choices, most of which revolve around dealing with the symptoms of illegal immigration, rather than the causes.

    Had the Federal government done one of its few constitutionally defined duties of securing our border and protecting the citizenry, Arizona would not have to implement measures that resemble those of a police state. Individuals in, even those of Latino heritage, see the problems that illegal immigration brings with it, especially in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

    What harm is there to having your identification checked if you haven’t done anything wrong? If you happen to be in the State of Arizona, are pulled over, and don’t speak a lick of English, wouldn’t it be prudent for the officer to verify if you have not broken the law? Residents of every state must go through these types of checks, anytime they are stopped by police – a quick check to see if you have any warrants, or past violations that may require special attention. What the State of Arizona has said now, is that if you are suspected of being an illegal immigrant, for a variety of reasons, like the car you are driving doesn’t belong to you, you don’t have insurance, or you don’t speak english and happen to match a certain kind of ethnic profile, you are more likely to be in the State without permission than, say, a Caucasian female driving a mini-van.

    The benefits of the new approach are clear.

    But there is also a be-careful-what-you-wish-for danger.

    There is a strong argument against the new measures, and that is, “how can the law can be enforced while preserving the civil rights of Americans of Hispanic descent?”

    Today it is Hispanics that are profiled. Tomorrow, it might be you.

    How long before the Federal government, seeing the merits of the argument for identification checks, requires, for the sake of civil rights and political correctness, that all citizens show their identification and have an ID check performed. Will American citizens readily accept an assault on their personal liberty, just as Hispanic American citizens or legal residents will be required to do in Arizona?

    In a recent interview, Senator Joe Lieberman said that he is worried about domestic terrorism. If this is really true, then our first order of business should be to secure the United States from foreign enemies and those breaking the law to enter our country, as opposed to focusing our government’s limited resources on US citizens via More Surveillance on Planes, Trains, and Buses.

    The new law in Arizona is a common sense approach to the problem of illegal immigration and tackles the issue head on. And, though it may open the door to more interference in our lives by way of a national identification card and traffic checkpoints, Arizona has been left with no other choice due to the failure of our Federal government to secure our borders from invasion, as it is obligated to do under Article IV of the United States Constitution.

    There is a growing consensus that the most important strategy in the reform battle is the one dealing with outward facing security on our southern borders. There would be no illegal immigrant problems in Arizona or elsewhere if the border was not porous.

    Isn’t it time that Washington finally takes a common sense approach?


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      1. Comments…..At least Arizona is doing the right thing. If we do not control these borders we will not have ANY country. Another thing for the eastern libs to consider is the crimes these illegals are committing against the people of AZ. They criticize AZ from the comparative safety of their lofty eastern apartments.  I saw one fool on TV lamenting the “police state” , I can only hope she is the next victim of one of the illegals

      2. Bring our military home, put them on the borders, put up a fence, offer amnesty from prosecution for all illegals who leave peacefully, they can take all possessions acquired here with them. Put those who comply at the top of the list for LEGAL immigration which would include learning english first. 

        Then as the chance arises, during normal operations ie traffic stops, welfare requests, etc. charge them, take all their possessions they acquired here, and never allow them to legally become residents.  We can remove them over a period of time without sweeping round ups, however long it takes.  The fear of losing everything with little chance of returning should hopefully “encourage” most of them to leave.  But no way do we need national RFID cards.  The fascist/marxist/progressives are using this as an excuse to tag ALL of us.

        If we don’t do something soon, the sweeping roundups will be inevitable when the anger gets deep enough.  Watch “Children of Men”

        HUGE fines for companies hiring illegals would go a long ways also.

      3. The idiots can’t police the border, so the solution that they come up with is Comprehensive Immigration Reform? And now they want to mess with American Citizens of Hispanic descent and force them to prove that they have a legal right to be here in the United States? I have a couple of friends who are highly decorated Marine Veterans that the police probably don’t want to play these games with. The answer is to police the border, quit sending American jobs overseas, and stop the H1B visa program.

      4. How about this, forget about proving citizenship, just check the following:

        1) no state issued ID = get arrested until you prove who you are (European-American, Hispanic, or otherwise); then, make a state-issued ID have the requirement of PROVING legal right to be in the country/state.

        2) no proof of insurance = get arrested until you provide it

        BTW, I live in AZ and although I like the new law on the surface, I do acknowledge that it may indeed lead to undue burdens on those of Hispanic origin.  That part, I do NOT like.

        However, the bottom line is that unless and until the Feds do their job, we have to have something to help stem the disaster that is currently in progress.  And believe me, it is a disaster.  This law is far from perfect, but we’re left with no other choice at this point.  SOMETHING must be done.  I vote for my idea above.

      5. Obama could not be bothered, he’s too busy golfing with his Wall Street banker pals.  

        He’s planning on naturalizing all illegal immigrants as U.S. citizens by 2012 so he can use their votes to be re-elected in that year.     Hopefully the criminal elements of this Mexican naturalization process will migrate to Washington D.C. post haste and wreak havoc on the populace there.   They deserve it.

      6. Its only a start. This is not about legal immigration and /or h1b visas. Its about an invasion of 30 million foreign nationals who have, and who continue, to systematically INFILTRATE the United States, aided and abeited by the Catholic Church through St Mary’s Food Banks across the country, with the express purpose of imposing their language and culture on US.  

        It is their intent to displace Americans by their massive. unfettered population growth to “anchor” them to the United States.
        They do not want to be Americans. They want to be Mexicans living in America – in a Mexican America – and they are using our laws, rights, priviledges, and sense of racial guilt against US to prosper and multiply; at our expense.

        Racist? No, Patriot! I would feel the same way if it were 30 million French Canadians trying to gain economic and political control of the Northeast. Good fences make good neighbors.

        Mexicans GO HOME! And take your 12 kids with you.

      7. Zak… You are EXACTLY right !  Well said ! If I could go to Canada, I would … but THEY have immigration laws! 

      8. +1, Willy Wonka.

        The discussion is pointless until we deal with the national security aspect.

        It’s very simple – build walls, fences, moats, etc., whatever (besides, at least that would be an arguably useful stimulus project) along the entire southern border.

        If there is a legitimate need to allow a certain number of immigrants from Mexico in the country for the “sake” of our economy, humanitarian reasons, or whatever – fine…that is a secondary issue anyway.

        …but for the love of god, we need to know who is getting across the border.

        I, for one, would be insanely impressed with our government if it managed, politically and logistically speaking, to get this done.

      9. This country is falling apart everywhere! I hope you guys are storing food, I really do! The border problem is escalating out of control! Our economy is unraveling. There are no jobs. Every kind of debt out there is growing like crazy! The corruption and moral decay of this country is accelerating. The world economies are falling apart, Nations are threatening war against each other and seeking weapons of mass destruction! Terrorism is as alive as it has ever been! On top of all this we have been having the worst natural disasters on record! Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and now Volcanoes! Jesus is at the door!

      10. Paul M: Tell the Canadians you are against the culture of war and the military industrial complex, they will let you in. It worked for tens of thousands in the late 60’s early 70’s. It should work again.

        Rick B:   I have a friend who has a contract with the feds to fly the Tucson corridor, south. He cannot interdict, only observe and report. He tells me that about 1,000 illegals a night, every night, make that “swoop”.

        Only God knows how many Al Qeada terrorists are in the bunch … they all look the same. We are not looking for Redheaded Irish men here, so I say ……..

        Profile by race!

      11. PS: If the body count were to rise along the border, the traffic would slow quickly. Until there is blood on the streets of America AND on our borders, the political elite will do nothing.

        I’m not talking about dead ranchers. I’m talking about dead Mexicans.

      12. Z, how in the hell are you gonna pull that off?  1000 rounds of rifle ammo isn’t exactly convenient to carry around.  You’re bound to miss some shots too, and someone is bound to notice all that shooting……What you need are some guys to help you out!

        Years ago, me and some friends used to amuse ourselves by shooting rats at the dump at night.  We would go through hundreds of rounds of 22 a night out there.  Great fun.

        Overall, the Arizona legislation is probably a good start, but as long as we need cheap lettuce pickers and other cheap scab labor, you can bet your ass that nothing will get done.  Fucking ants spewing out of the ground is what they’re like.  I don’t see any way to stop it, at least not any way that’s likely to get enacted.

      13. Jonny V:   Wonka has the right ideas, now they need to be implemented. As for bagging a few myself, as much as I might like too, I have wayyyyyy too much to lose to do anything like that.

        I’m just saying …. what its going to take to get the CHANGE we can really believe in.

      14. Comments…..Wow, lots of racists posting here.This blog is turning into a Closet White Supremacist and Muslim apologist gathering.

      15. This is what happens when you have a bogus president that will not prove his country of birth and therefore has no stake in controlling immigration in the country that he was illegally elected to be president of.  

        Yes Barack Hussein, you are a illegitimate and illegal holder of the office you now occupy.  America is waking up, they know you attended Rev. Jeremiah Wrights’ sermons damning America to hell and now you are implementing destruction of this nation.  You are allowing major banks to drain America’s wealth, you are putting more of our troops in harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan, you are trashing our currency at the printing press, you are going to tax all Americans to poverty. 

        You are having parties in the White House, you are golfing, relaxing in Hawaii, your wife has 40 attendants, your children go to special schools, you have special medical care, your personal contributions to charities and to taxes were paltry compared to your earnings last year.   Were not for your exceptional ability in projecting deception with the backing of the global elitists you would be cleaning comodes in a Chicago housing project.       Without the elitists backing you are nothing.

      16. Comments…..This sounds too much like a police state.
        Make the parents of school children prove there citizenship or ship them back to their country.  Change the law on baby’s born here so that they only become U.S. citizens if at least one parent is a U.S. citizen.  Make it harder to get a driver’s license without a valid green card.  Enforce the existing labor laws.  What about the illegals coming from Europe?  All ilegals are a problem.

      17. Paul Revere,

        Thanks for the good article. I think he’s right on.

      18. Common Sense. I live in AZ. I can spot an illegal from a mile away and so can law enforcement. Now at least they are able to do something about it.

      19. If Mexico was to become a state, at least part of it, then I believe it would solve many problems with immigration.
        AZ has virtually become Mexico. It needs to be the other way around. We could greatly profit from the resources they have to offer, we already have a lot invested there as far as industry, oil, etc.
        You talk about dealing with the problem head on, but the source of the problem is not at our borders, or in AZ. The problem is Mexico. Clean up Mexico and you’ll clean up the immigration problem.

      20. ERIC: 30 million Mexican Nationals in America illegally is NOT immigration. It ‘s an invasion!

        This is not about race. It is about American sovereignty. It is about the occupation of the United States by the nationals of a foreign power. These invaders are not using bombs and bullets to occupy American soil. They are using our white racial guilt, and the support of the US Chamber of Commerce who seek to exploit them economically to the benefit of their member corporations; at the expense of the American worker and taxpayer. 

        Wages are a function of the supply and demand for labor. Why do you think it takes both a husband and wife working  in America now to support their family, if they can find a job for which they are qualified?

        The idea that these are just “lettuce pickers” is insane. The fact is that these illegal laborers were being exploited by Mex-American Contractors in the home building industry, to lower labor costs below those that could be quoted by White Contractors. Consequently White Contractors were not able to compete unless they too used illegals to do the work in these trades, or they went out of business. Big business for Mexican American Contractors, but no business for those who work within the law expecting a level playing field. There’s your racism, Eric. Qualified White workers were displaced by slave labor. How American is that?

        Then there is the Catholic Church (separate from the catholic faith) that has conspired to bring these millions of invaders into the United States and support them through St. Mary’s Food Banks across the country. 

         The catholic priesthood is desperate to fill the pews and coffers that white catholics have vacated. The catholic priesthood is satanic; filled with perverts that prey on CHILDREN all over the world. They want these Mexican Nationals here so they can molest the children of these illegals, whose only voice is the Church. The only thing “Universal” about the Catholic Church is its pedophilia. Have you read the paper recently?

        All of the people, groups, and organizations that support these INVADERS, scream white racism to exploit white guilt, while they, themselves, exploit these poor tragic souls the most.

        I know of one 20 year old woman, daughter of an illegal alien, who never finished high school and doesn’t have a GED. She already has four kids. Who do you think is going to pay for those kids Eric? Congradulations dad! You are! She is on foods stamps and public housing! While you are out busting your ass every day to make a living, she is laying in bed making more babies!

        Racism? No.  Patriot!

      21. I don’t really advocate shooting mexicans in the desert, Eric.  However, I do recognize what they’re doing.  There is a literal flood of cheap (illegal) labor in the US job market.  They will work for any wage offered them, no matter how low.  Lots of wealthy business owners, (republicans) pay lots of money to keep that cheap labor coming.  It’s called “campaign contributions”.

        At the same time, most of these illegals obtain false identification good enough to allow them, (or their numerous offspring) to vote.  Most of these vote with the democratic party.  Therefore, you have a situation where no one who is in power, or likely to BE in power, wants the situation changed.  Each side benefits in their ill-gotten way, the r’s financially, and the d’s electorally.

        The people who really pay for this are the American middle class (blue collar workers).  In my area (Seattle) no one who is not a mexican can get most residential construction jobs.  The racism (on the part of the employers) is blatant.  They hire mexicans because they can pay them whatever and whenever they feel like it.  There are no rules regarding payday because no mexican will complain to anyone, as most are here illegally and don’t want to be rounded up.  mexicans can be made to work 100 hours a week with no overtime wage, no benefits, below minimum wage, whatever.  When the mexicans fuck up on the job or get hurt, they just get fired and the employer pretends never to have met them.

        Our union is trying to fight them all we can, but the reality is that this is a losing cause.  In a few years, we’ll hear that the mexicans have all these jobs because “Americans don’t want them”.  It’s a bunch of bullshit, but that won’t matter.

        If it sounds like I’ve got some hard feelings towards mexicans, well, you’re right, I do.  These are a people with no respect for laws at all.  Their culture has a history of rampant corruption going back hundreds of years.  They’re proud of their corruption.  Making mexic0 a state is laughable for this reason.  No one there will ever obey any law at all.  Their entire society is built on bribery.

        I’m hoping to find a way to get them out of the US labor pool.  That’s my deal.

      22. Excellent documentary on the real motives and situation behind the illegal immigration movement.
        Learn what the government doesn’t want you to know.

      23. SHE SIGNED THE BILL!!!!!  Thank fucking god!!!!!!!!!!  Round ’em up and ship ’em home!!!!!!!!

        No we’ll see what immigration reform can do.  My guess is the crime rate goes up in the states surrounding Arizona, the crime rate goes down IN Arizona, the tax rate goes down, and jobs open up…..

        Finally, We’re gonna find out!!!!!!!!  jesus, I don’t want to start sounding hopeful or anything, but FUCK!  Today was a GOOD DAY!!!!!

      24. It would have been law in five days anyway if she had not signed the bill. She wants to win the Republican primary and retain her job in November against Goddard, an Obama left winger. 70 % of Arizona residents want the bill. She didn’t want to give her Republican opponent ammo and a free shot.

        Arizona companies are being audited by ICE. Of those already audited, almost half had illegal aliens employed, including a Spanish market that recently fired 300 workers. These are jobs that mexican-Americans should have, not Mexican Nationals. When slave labor is eliminated in Arizona, citizen workers will get a living wage.

        The crime rate will go up in surrounding States (except Colorado)and it is already down in Arizona based upon the employer sanctions law passed a couple years ago. Hundreds of thousands of Illegals have already left the State. Now, more will follow. Officially we have almost 500,000. Head count at Home Depot suggests well over one million. Wages up, rents down. Crime down, liveability up.

        Hopefully, they will take their 12 kids with them, we can close some grade schools, retain the quality teachers and get rid of the baby-sitters. The drop out rate will decline and educational quality should improve.

        Thats not racism. Thats reality.

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        Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws and the state can continue to boycott Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat War profiteering contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

      26. Hey, Montana! You obviously don’t know squat about Arizona. Probably more, however, than I know about Montana, if thats where you live. We have been celebrating MLK day for years, now.

        I am no “birther” but have to ask, “Why doesn’t the President just produce the original document instead of refusing its release?’ Where there is smoke there is fire, and NOW, I am starting to believe the “birthers”.

        As for illegal immigration you obviously have no clue as to the situation here in Phoenix. Dozens of illegals hang out around every Home Depot in the Valley every day. By night, they are stealing anything they can get their hands on, selling drugs, and engaging in a host of crimminal activity. Rapes, murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, home invasion, and a litany of smaller crimes are directly linked to these INVADERS.

        Not to mention that Phoenix has been the top or near the top in car theft year, after year, after year. Their other scam is to get a mexican American girl pregnant so that she can draw child support, state health insurance, food stamps, and subsidized housing. Those are expenses that the taxpayer has to bear because the women are too f****** lazy to get an education or a job, and with the support of St. Mary’s Food banks and other food banks, they get along pretty well. The mexican national cannot be held liable for child support and of course cannot have his paycheck docked by the State. It a financial scam that all of the rest of us in Arizona have to pay for. Did I mention the public education and special English classes (and costs) that we must bear as taxpayers? 

        Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the income she draws from prostitution.

      27. What would be wrong if Obama offered $250 per head?  They are here illegally.  No have no rights.  They deserve life sentences in a desert prison facility.

      28. zukadu & O de Kenya: 
        Thanks for the laughs, the Arizona Republican Party is at the mercy of the Tea Party / Bither/ Blowhards Conservative that said nothing and did nothing while Bush and the Republican Congress were getting the country into deeper and deeper trouble.  The conservatives who organize the Tea Party/ Bither protests sat on their hands and did nothing.  They did nothing when the balanced budget was destroyed by Bush, nothing when Bush exploded the deficit, nothing when Bush cut taxes instead of raising them to pay for the two wars he started.  So honestly who cares what your small group says or wants you are a bunch of phonies who came late to the party. Oh, it about time you celebrate MLK day, but I just wanted to know that we remember what you crazies are all about in AZ. 

      29. Montana: I have NO affiliation with the Republican Right or the Tea party. I am just an Arizona Taxpayer who doesn’t like supporting deadbeat foreign crimminals who are sucking our local coffers dry; and an ex-Marine and Viet Nam Vet who is more than willing to repulse an army of Mexican Nationals invading my country, who are operating under the direction of the Satanic priesthood of the Catholic Church who themselves are molesting CHILDREN all over the world; including here in Arizona.

        Better check your local diocese for perverts and pedophiles. One has to wonder why YOU support them so vigorously. Every group who does support this invasion wants to exploit these poor souls for money or sex.

        Which is your angle?

      30. As an American, I am ashamed and surprised to say that the United States is quite hypocritical. Americans like to say that they love freedom and justice, but here are some examples of where American actions conflict with American standards:
        1. The US inspected a Soviet Union fighter jet that landed in Japan in 1976, but protested that China should not search an American plane that landed in China in 2001.
        2. The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that people should not be subject to the same offense twice, but sex offenders can be convicted of crimes and then later be required to register as sex offenders and be held for life under indefinite civil commitment laws even after they complete their original sentences. “John TV” shows that embarrass and punish people arrested on prostitution charges also violate the Fifth Amendment guarantee of due process rights.
        3. The Sixth Amendment guaranteeing the right to speedy trials is violated by holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay without charge. The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishments and is violated by torturing Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Whether the prisoners are foreigners or not makes no difference because it violates the intent of the Constitution and sends the message to other nations that human rights violations are acceptable. Taking the moral high ground is difficult when you are immoral yourself. If you want to prevent terrorism, give terrorists a trial, improve airline security, and don’t give out visas easily. Torturing a suspected terrorists only recruits more terrorists. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
        4. The Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches is violated by the Patriot Act that allows secret warrants.
        5. The Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches and seizures, the Fifth amendment that allows due process, and the Eighth Amendment that forbids excessive bail, fines, and cruel and unusual punishment are all violated by DUI checkpoints and asset forfeiture laws.
        6. The Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches and the Fourteenth Amendment that guarantees equal protection of the law is violated by Arizona’s immigration law that requires police to question people who look like illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration would be better stopped by having a strong border and fining employers of illegal immigrants, not by profiling Americans who look like foreigners.
        Maybe it is just human nature, but Americans have always looked for an enemy to blame from witches to blacks to Communists. Today people are aghast that the US had Japanese concentration camps and once allowed slavery and segregation. How will people look back on the treatment of sex offenders, Muslims, and illegal immigrants in the USA 60 years from now?
        Criminals should be punished, but only in a way that doesn’t violate the Constitution. Even innocent people can be arrested and wrongly convicted.
        If you care about your freedom, write your elected officials. Governments would love to take away all your freedom if they could. Our freedoms are diminishing, not growing. Stand up, fight for your rights, and protect our freedom now!
        First they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me, but there was no one left to speak for me.
        If only one person is not free, then no one is free.
        They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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