The state of Arizona is on the front lines in our “battle” against illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels. Battle is in scare quotes for the simple reason that Washington, under Bush and Obama, lacks the will to protect our borders. Hence there is no battle, only the usual pious words that have no effect.
Arizona, home to Barry Goldwater and what used to be a bastion of the independent West, has a bill waiting for the governor’s signature and another pending in the legislature that, according to the hostile NPR,
would authorize law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of people they stop [this one awaits Gov. Brewer’s signature], the state’s House has approved a bill that would require all presidential candidates to prove they were born in the U.S. by producing their birth certificates.
Sloppy writing by an obviously hostile reporter, but, hey, that’s what our tax dollars go to support.
Arizona is nothing if not politically incorrect. They actually want their peace officers to check to see if people have committed a crime? Oh, that’s right. In liberal quarters, including NPR, illegal immigration isn’t a crime, exactly. Presumably, if our illegal immigrants were white skinheads, as opposed to brown druggies, there’d be a hue and cry from the drawing rooms of San Francisco to the upper West side of Manhattan, calls for the Army and Marines to hunt down these threats to our peace and tranquility.
Then there’s the “birther” nonsense. On both sides, I might add. It’s politically incorrect to even suggest that Obama ought not be president because he is constitutionally ineligible, by virtue of Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
On the other hand, where is Obama’s birth certificate? Surely he can produce one, and put to rest this nonsense.
The argument that Arizona shouldn’t even ask is unpersuasive. Look, if Michelle Obama can, with a “slip” of the tongue refer to Obama’s homeland as Kenya, shouldn’t he be the one who wants to set the record straight? I don’t think that Obama is foreign-born, but I also haven’t seen proof the contrary: a much-Xeroxed “certificate of live birth” from the state of Hawaii is also unpersuasive.
Look, I’m older than Obama, but I recently needed to get a legal copy of my birth certificate. So, I wrote the the New York City registrar, and, for a small fee, got a copy that is legally the same as the original, meaning a signed and sealed copy. Surely Obama could do the same? Couldn’t he?