You’ve likely already heard the news by now. The federal government has filed suit in Phoenix against Arizona’s illegal immigration policy. They claim that their new law is discriminatory and will result in the harassment and detainment of scores of new immigrants and legal aliens. This update comes as politicians across the nation prepare to enact similar legislation in their own states. It comes as no surprise to me that the individual states look to defend their own borders given D.C.’s failure to do so. National leaders like Senators McCain, Graham, and the late Ted Kennedy support amnesty and porous security at the expense of citizens and those who enter the country legally. Regardless of your opinion of the specifics of the Arizona law, something must be done to solve this growing crisis. I don’t know how this situation will ultimately resolve, but I’m glad to see a resurgence of responsibly at the state level. That’s not to say that I support differing immigration policies across the nation, but, to restate the point, something must be done! The actions of lawmakers in Phoenix are bringing this long neglected issue to the forefront of American politics.
If Washington continues to do nothing, or, even worse, encourages foreign nationals to break our laws, then we will have to rely on the states to solve the immigration question. So what will be Richmond’s response?