Just like in Nazi Germany, yesterday, Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raided Sizzler restaurants in Phoenix, arresting 9 employees who were found to be in the U.S. illegally. Yes, it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio - who commented that the raid illustrated more workers who were in the U.S. illegally, taking jobs from Americans or legal immigrants (those with Green Cards).
In this case, the statement was literal. The raid had nothing to do with the new AZ law requiring enforcement of Federal immigration law. Deputies were looking for 23 suspects who were sought in connection with an identity theft scheme. The raid was the result of a year-long investigation following "a tip from a former Sizzler manager who claimed he had been fired for his refusal to hire employees without the proper documents."
When I researched the Arizona immigration law, I knew that my basic position was that a person who committed a crime in the U.S. should be prosecuted under U.S. law, regardless of their immigration status. I was able to identify the irony of a "immigrant rights attorney" saying how awful it was for a mother or father to be arrested for being in this country and separated from his or her family - I think the guy said, "Imagine what it will be like for the children for their parent not to come home that night."
Yes, he is right, that is very sad. However, I also learned that the drive to pass this law began with the murder of Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle, who stopped to question 3 people who were obstructing traffic on the street. One of the three, a lifelong criminal with illegal entry into the U.S. just one of his many crimes, killed officer Erfle. So, at the time, a couple of weeks ago, I was able to contrast the sadness of the children whose parent had been arrested for violating immigration laws with the sadness of children whose father was a police officer killed in the line of duty. By an illegal immigrant.
Pro-illegal immigration advocates go so far that they won't even acknowledge crime. As far as I knew, a crime was a crime, regardless of who committed it. Apparently, in the Phoenix group of Sizzler Restaurants, a manager who didn't want to break the law got fired and his tip started an investigation. And, there's obviously more to it than saving money by paying low wages to illegal immigrants. ID theft is a big problem and because illegal immigrants de facto need forged papers and almost universally use someone else's SSN to work, they are more exposed to that industry than many others.
Advocates for illegal immigration aren't just lacking in respect for U.S. borders and immigration law. They do not care what crimes illegals commit that harm other undocumented or legal immigrants and U.S. citizens, and they also support dishonest U.S.-based businesses who are breaking other laws in addition to hiring illegals. That immigration rights attorney truly does not care about Officer Nick Erfle's children. He probably even thinks that the officer deserved what he got, for trying to stop a disturbance on the street.
Because I am saying this does not mean that I believe all people who came to the U.S. illegally are serious criminals. Nor do I think that crimes committed by illegals should be the motivator to deport everyone who is here illegally. The most tragic irony of the Arizona law is that it reiterates current, unenforced Federal law, and that it's also identical to current law here in California.
I told Meredith a few weeks ago that she should watch Dirty Harry (1971). These things must go in cycles, because I hear the same nonsense today that got spewed at Harry Callahan by the Mayor, District Attorney, and various functionaries in that film. Harry, whom some might interpret as a giant dick, has no patience for bureaucracy, hates pompous windbag politicians and lawyers, and seems like the lone man in San Francisco who cares that the totally insane, over the top "Scorpio" killer is randomly killing San Francisco residents, finally escalating to kidnapping a bus full of school children - a bus that only Harry can stop, saving the kids.
A scene from the movie that I'd forgotten involved Scorpio's release after he had kidnapped and raped a young girl and buried her alive. In the middle of the movie, Harry solves that crime, and after a phone booth-to-phone booth chase, apprehends Scorpio at Kezar football stadium. In order to make Scorpio tell him where the kidnapped girl is, Harry stands on his leg causing excruciating pain until Scorpio coughs up the information.
At this point, Scorpio has previously murdered several people of all shapes, sizes, races and ages, and has committed this heinous crime against the girl and has held the city up for a huge ransom. He's previously beaten Harry to a pulp and shot Harry's partner. In an agonizing twist and setback, Scorpio isn't even charged with any of these crimes (including after the recovery of the girl's lifeless body from the horrible place Scorpio put her - and she never had a chance). Because of the unorthodox manner of Harry's pursuit, Scorpio is released directly onto the streets, where he promptly hires a criminal to beat him up so he can say Harry did it, thereby attempting to frame the one cop who has caught him and could catch him again.
The final Dirty Harry script wasn't fully-written by awesome Badass John Milius, but "Do you feel lucky, punk?" was. I'm pretty sure Harry's initial discussion with his partner Chico was also written by Milius. Harry's reaction to Chico informing him that he had a college degree in sociology definitely sounds like Milius (and is so spot-on true).
Things are as backward as the horrible pro-serial killer environment in Harry Callahan's San Francisco. The more heinous the crime committed by an illegal immigrant, the more their diehard defenders will downgrade it and criticize the victims. This was so true in the case of the murder of Jamiel Shaw, where Jamiel was painted as a gang member - and his killer really was! Just one of Pedro Espinoza's crimes was coming to the U.S. illegally, among many many others. As Pedro had come as a child, he isn't totally responsible for that, but for everything else? Very much so, and our law enforcement couldn't keep him off the streets for much more than a day at a time no matter what he did. Illegal Alien News Update covers all of this information - which is seldom coherently covered elsewhere. I heard Jamiel's father on the news addressing the Los Angeles City Council, who thought it was more important to put on a for-show only boycott of the state of Arizona, while stating Arizona's law was "like Nazi Germany," than it was to give Jamiel's memory one second of respect, much less respect for his father. You can read all day on this website, which documents the countless situations where law-abiding U.S. citizens and documented workers have been victimized by this cold-hearted, immoral machine.
According to Immigration's Human Cost, "We often hear that "immigrants only come here to work" but that sentimental fluff ignores the obvious truth — that to a crime-minded foreigner, America is the full refrigerator of his dreams. The material riches, combined with many Americans' naivete when it comes to crime, make this nation easy pickings for the lowlifes of the world."
But this started with ID theft. Undocumented/illegal workers steal (or rather, they purchase them from criminals who steal them first) legitimate social security numbers so they can do the following things unmolested: obtain credit and credit cards, work, healthcare benefits, food stamps, TANF, and even Social Security benefits. This lady's social security number was stolen by an undocumented worker who made more money than she did - thus causing the original woman's two children to lose their health insurance. Every utility company in America has a loss that could be ten times as much as it was 15 years ago from this type of customer opening accounts using fraudulent social security numbers that actually belong to someone else, then skipping out on the bills. For every article detailing the costs of ID theft, there are 20 to 30 telling the sad stories of "undocumented families" struggling to survive in America's cruel, draconian, "racist" system. I have yet to read one of these stories where the reporter was even remotely qualified to tell whether or not the interviewees were lying to them, or where they would even comprehend what those lies might be, or what they might mean. These reporters won't get it until they or a family member is hit by an illegal drunk driver, has their identity stolen or utilities shut off because someone they don't even know is using their social security number, or they are somehow victimized by another type of crime. Half of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted right now are undocumented immigrants (not all Latino - one is Russian). They are fleeing criminal prosecution from their countries of origin, as well as committing ongoing heinous crimes here.
I do believe that callous, uncaring officials are being at-best used by drug-cartel funded "advocates".
President Obama's joke - funny to those living in fear in Phoenix? Funny to Officer Erfle's fatherless children? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.