So now we have the president of Mexico lecturing the Congress of the United States about how we handle — or don't handle — criminal trespassers in our country. And we have him calling out a state in our union for actually passing a law that wouldn't be necessary at all if the federal government enforced the laws we already have on the books. And we have the president of the United States standing shoulder to shoulder with this man and the Congress of the United States — at least the ones on the left side of the aisle — standing and applauding his defaming statements about our country.
Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
Now I know what the Democratic spin doctors are saying. They are saying the whole thing has nothing to do with immigration or who is here legally and who is not. They claim that they are merely concerned about racial profiling. They say the Arizona law — and I suppose, by extension, the enforcement of federal laws that are almost identical to the one Arizona passed — will cause Hispanics who are here legally to be stopped and questioned and harassed just because of their ethnicity.
I'm sure Calderon's position has nothing to do with his fear that increased diligence at enforcing our laws will lead to millions of illegals being sent back home to Mexico. (You and the president can call them "undocumented workers" if you choose. It is the lack of documents that make them illegal and being here illegally is a crime.) And I am sure that Calderon is not at all concerned that his nation's economy will lose the millions and millions of dollars that are wired back to Mexico every day by those folks who are here in violation of our laws.
Interestingly enough, when Calderon attacked the state of Arizona, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano leaped to their feet and applauded his remarks. Holder is the attorney general of the United States. His job is to make sure our laws are enforced. Napolitano is head of Homeland Security. Her job is to keep us safe. A big part of her job is to secure our borders. And yet these two people stood and applauded a foreign head of state who was degrading a state in our union for attempting to enforce the law and help secure our border.
Here's the kicker. By their own admission, neither Holder nor Napolitano has even read the Arizona law. All they know is what the president knows. If somebody is going to lambaste America, we are going to applaud them because everybody knows we are an arrogant country and owe the world a big apology for our very existence.
But we were talking about Arizona.
According to a recent Harvard University study — that's Harvard, y'all, not exactly a hotbed of conservative thought — illegal aliens are costing the workers of Arizona $1.4 billion a year. That's $1.4 billion American citizens and legal immigrants could be earning.
The taxpayers of Arizona are having to pony up another $2.7 billion to provide goods and services to people who are residing in the state without benefit of legal documentation. Last year, Arizona spent $1.6 billion dollars to educate children who were in the state illegally. I don't know how many furlough days Arizona teachers had to take, but I bet an extra $1.5 billion would have paid an extra day or two of wages for those teachers.
Throw in another $695 million for health care and $339 million in law enforcement costs and $100 million in welfare payments and pretty soon you are talking about real money.
We haven't even talked about the drug trafficking and violent crime that goes with it. And yet Arizona is being vilified for taking a stance to protect its own resources and residents, even though 70 percent of Arizona residents support the law. I'd venture to guess that 70 percent of the nation does, too.
But not the president of the United States. He calls the Arizona law "misguided." He stands with Mexico on this one. The city of Los Angeles has forbidden all city employees from conducting business with Arizona or visiting the state on official business. I think they call that a boycott.
Come to think of it, that might be an effective tool. Let me the first to call for an official boycott of the state of Arizona. And why stop there? If 70 percent of Americans feel the way people in Arizona about this issue, all states should be boycotted.
You heard it here first. All illegal aliens should boycott Arizona and every other American state. That'll show us.
Now how long do you think it will be until the leader of Red China will appear before Congress to set us straight on human rights?
Darrell Huckaby is an author and teacher in Rockdale County. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.