especially on the border. They should just shoot everyone they see jumping the border. Heck even placing land mines would be cheaper than deportation, or worse, us paying for imprisonment. If they are willing to jump the border I'll bet 3 square meals a day and a roof over their head in prison is more than what they are running from. I don't know about you guys but something about having to push 2 for English at my local ATM machine really bothers me!
I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 70's. There was/is Polish hill that was mostly Polish. There was Lawrenceville, Millvale, Verona and Penn Hills that were mostly Italian. You heard people speak Italian and Polish in those areas. People put business signs out in English and whatever ethnicity was in the area. I have no problem with that.
I also have no problems with people that want to come to America and share in the American dream. People that want to become part of the worlds most successful country and experiment in freedom.
I do have problems with people that come here illegally. I do have problems with people that don't want to assimilate into this country and be part of it, but instead want to change it to something that it's not. I have problems with people refusing to speak and learn English.
I've been in several states. I have had interactions with law enforcement in several states too. Not where I'm speeding or otherwise breaking the law, but in instances where I've called to report a crime or a potential problem. In every case they always ask me for my ID. My understanding is, if you are in the country illegally you can't get a valid ID.
My understanding of the AZ law is that if a police officer has an interaction with someone they are required to ask for ID. If you are legal you have no problem showing your ID to a police officer. They usually run it for wants and warrants and when it comes back as fake, or that you are a criminal then there is a problem. Most police departments currently do that. The only difference is in most states I can refuse to provide an officer my ID. Then he can only demand it if he has probable cause I've commited a crime. The AZ law says that a citizen can be asked for ID if the officer has reasonable suspiscion that the person is here illegally.
What's funny is, the Mexican governments response is to condemn this law, but their laws are way more strict regarding immigration and you do hard time in jail for illegally entering their country. Also they have almost no signs and communication in English.
As for shooting people that cross the border illegally, I hate to see it come to that, but we should post, in English and Spanish, signs that warn tresspassers will be shot. If we then shot a couple that might stop some of the problem.
I think the right answer is to impose massive fines on employers that employ illegals. If it is a recurring offense add jail time for the officers of the company. That would dry up the demand for illegal labor. Then we need to look at our laws and fix them. The minimum wage law helps create a demand for illegal labor by imposng an artificial bottom threshold on what an employee would work for. Maybe we don't allow enough people into the country on work visa's, although most of the people coming in don't have the skills to qualify for a work visa even if there were an unlimited amount of them.
We tax our corporations so high that they need to employ low cost labor to be competitive. Wanna see America work again, lower or eliminate business taxes. Want to see wages rise, eliminate business taxes. Our goods will be cheaper overseas and people will buy our stuff like they buy Chinese stuff. Ford and GM and Chrysler will build plants here again and employ Americans. Outsourcing will be a thing of the past. How will the government make up the lost tax revenue, 2 ways, more people working with higher wages means a larger tax base and they can impose an equal tarrif sytem to what other countries impose on our goods. A Chevy Cobalt in Japan is marketed through Toyota. Foriegn companies can't sell there without having a domestic partner. The Cobalt is taxed about 40% too. Well guess what, your Toyota Corolla is now getting taxed 40% and it's going to be sold to GM who will now market it to the few people that buy one.
Oh well I'm way off topic now.
Less illegal activity of any type is a good thing so let's stop illegal immigration. Go AZ.